Your Guide to Beauty Rest
When you were in your teens and 20’s, it was possible to stay out late and not have the consequences show up on skin.
As we get older, we tend to get our sleep, telling our friends we need our “beauty rest.”
Turns out, there is a science behind beauty rest, and sleeping may be one of the best ways to improve the appearance of your skin!
What does sleep do for your skin?
When we sleep, collagen production is accelerated firming the skin and maximizing water retention. This is important to keeping skin supple. It diminishes fine lines and leads to a smoother complexion.
The fourth stage of sleep is the most important to your skin. During this time, growth hormones peak and initiate cell and tissue repair.
You can imagine what it means for your skin when you experience restless sleep. Your skin loses its ability to protect itself, becoming more prone to irritation and inflammation.
How can I get in my beauty sleep?
Nourish your body from the inside out. To develop skin-healthy sleeping habits try to:
- Avoid eating salty meals, or meals that are hard to digest (such as red meat) before bedtime.
- Use a topical moisturizer at bedtime.
- Take omega-3 supplements to maintain healthy hydration.
- Stick to a bedtime and waking schedule, maintaining it even on the weekends.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol before sleep.
- Avoid vigorous exercise 3-4 hours before bed.
If you have trouble falling asleep, be sure to use the bedroom for sleeping only. Watching TV or working on your laptop in bed sends the brain mixed signal—is your bed a busy office or a place of rest?
For all of your skincare concerns, call AlluraDerm MD Med Spa at 505-821-9630. We offer free skincare consultations to get to the bottom of your skin issues.