How old were you when you first realized the true meaning of the phrase “beauty sleep”? When you finally noticed that after a few days of staying out late and losing sleep, your skin not only looked but felt different? That sudden realization comes at a different age for everyone, but we all learn in time: beauty sleep is real and it’s vital for your skin. Without proper rest, our skin cannot perform its self-repairing functions at optimal levels. Nourishing your skin with the best products is just one piece of the anti-aging puzzle and sleep plays an equally important role.
You’re Not Just Dreaming…
Our skin follows a carefully balanced day/night rhythm, switching from daytime “protection” mode to “repair” mode at night. During the day our skin is focused on defending itself against the harmful aggressors we encounter every day from UV rays to environmental pollution. These aggressors can cause free radical damage and premature aging by damaging the DNA of skin cells. While we sleep our bodies produce human growth hormone, which helps to repair the cells’ DNA and increase collagen production, both are essential to a youthful appearance. The nighttime recovery process also includes the process of delivering fluids to organs and tissues that need replenishing and removing excess fluids from areas that don’t need it. If you have ever woken up with puffy eyes…this process probably didn’t get completed.
When Less Sleep Means More…
Cortisol is an important hormone that helps regulate the body’s response to stress. While it is necessary for our health, cortisol levels increase when we are not getting enough sleep and this imbalance can have a major impact on your complexion. Cortisol can damage collagen production and its repair process. It can also affect the synthesis of hyaluronic acid, which keeps skin hydrated and plump. Dry skin appears dull and sallow, and when the top layers of skin are less plumped, blood vessels beneath the skin are more obvious causing a blotchy red appearance.
But Sleep Tight!
The good news is that when it comes to beauty sleep, you are in control! Plan ahead, be smart about your schedule and use sleep strategies when necessary in order to maintain a healthy number of sleep hours per night. The “even better” news is that skincare products can play a huge role in helping to support the skin’s repair and recovery processes at night, leading to increased effectiveness and a more youthful appearance. Sisley’s Supremÿa collection features Phyto-Complex LC12, a powerful combination of ingredients specifically designed to work overnight and enhance the body’s natural repair and rejuvenation process. Velvet Nourishing Cream has a targeted nighttime action that delivers hydrating and nourishing benefits during this key time for repair, to improve moisture levels in the skin throughout the day.
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