Detox & Cleanse Series: Sleep Benefits
Are you someone who thinks that you’re off the clock, when it comes to your beauty routine while you sleep? Or maybe you’re someone who knows that your slumber hours play an important role in how you look and feel. Either way when it comes to your beauty routine, sleep perhaps is the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth.
Sleep lets the body relax, refuel and re-energize, promotes hair growth and hair health as well as skin repair. It’s the time that the body can undergo repair and detoxification. A good night’s snooze can mean good skin health because when one is sleep deprived, your body makes more of the stress hormone called cortisol. Raised cortisol levels leads to increased stress and inflammation in the body, hurting your skin’s quality. Therefore when the body is not experiencing optimal health the hair and skin are most likely to suffer.
So spend more time in essential slumber and wake up to these benefits:
Improved Glowing Complexion – Tired skin is dry, wrinkly, puffy and pimple prone. One of the many health benefits of sleep is that it improves complexion. It is critical for your body to repair damaged cells, including those in your skin.
Hair Growth – Sleep activates the important nutrients that we need for hair growth, meaning that consistent restful and appropriate sleep will maintain the body’s natural melatonin and cortisol levels within ranges which promote good overall wellness. When the body is strong and healthy, the hair is also able to be strong, lush and in positive growth mode.
Reduce Dark Circles – Dark circles are a tell-tale sign that you are not getting enough Zzzz’s. This happens because lack of sleep tends to cause the blood vessels under the thin skin of the eyes to dilate, creating a dark tint under the eyes. When you get adequate sleep each evening, you increase your body’s ability to repair cells and keep dark circles at bay.
Healthier, Fuller & Thicker Hair – Hair loss, breakage and damage can all be affected by lack of Zzzz’s. Hair follicles (where hair growth begins) gain nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from blood flow. Since blood flow decreases when short on shut-eye, hair gets less food, it weakens, and it has difficulty growing. Consistent and restful sleep is essential for aid in overall hair health.
There are actually many ways to actively improve the health and look of hair and skin, just by changing the way you prepare for bed. So, if you want your skin and hair to look younger and healthier during the day, it’s time to adopt these key night-time habits!
- Splurge on a satin or silk pillow as it doesn’t catch and pull your hair as much when you toss and turn at night, eliminating bed head and split ends.
- Sleep on your back as it can help prevent wrinkles that would form if you tend to sleep on your side and nip them in the bud before they even start to form.
- Moisturize and moisturize again – apply a great moisturizer after splashing water on your face. Try one containing hyaluronic acid. This ingredient helps your skin hold water so it looks smoother in the morning.
- Wear your hair up but not in a super-tight bun – to avoid your hair’s natural oils from wreaking chaos on your complexion and causing hair breakage around the hairline.
- No Make-Up in Bed – Aside from funky eye gunk, not taking off your makeup before sleep causes pore-clogging, which can lead to breakouts and we want glowing skin.
Why not visit your local Rush Beauty for facials tailored to treat the effects of tiredness, dehydration and modern living. Revive and restore your skin to its natural, luminous glory today!