There are a lot of facets to skincare that many people don’t anticipate. This is partly because so many people get caught up in the idea that products will do all the work for them. Nothing could be farther from the truth. All of our products work wonders because our body is able to utilize them properly. Everything you apply to your skin works because it is working in concert with your skin and not in spite of your skin. This is an important thing to remember. It is why it is beauty advice to remind people to live a healthy lifestyle with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. Taking proper care of yourself necessarily improves your skin’s overall health and appearance. With all this in mind, we’d like to give you another good piece of beauty advice: get some sleep. Not getting enough sleep directly works against our attempts to look our best by degrading our skin’s health. We’ve put together a quick overview to explain how this is so and what you can do to get a good night’s sleep.
The Magic Word
Stress is one of those words that we all get a little wary of when we hear it. After all, it doesn’t mean anything good most of the time. As negative as it can be in the long term, stress is actually doing your body a favor in the short term. It is the symptom of your body being kept on alert and ready to respond. Chronic stress, on the other hand, tends to wear down your body fairly quickly because it never gets to be “off”. This leads to various difficulties as your body can’t really keep itself in good repair because you’re wearing it out faster than it can keep things in good repair. Chronic stress also affects your ability to sleep. Your body generally uses sleep to help reduce your stress levels for a least a little while by letting you shut off for a little while. If you can’t, your mind begins to suffer as well. That’s why it is so important to manage your stress so that you can get stress free sleep. Your skin will otherwise rapidly begin to deteriorate if it isn’t getting enough downtime.
Why Sleep Helps
Taking a closer look at stress quickly reveals that it is, technically, the “fight or flight” response. Preparing your body to respond to a situation means releasing various hormones into your body. These help get your body and mind ready. They turn all of your systems up to the top of their range and give your short term improvements. All the wearing out that happens quickly begins to counter this though. Stress hormones, sadly, end up becoming a self-reinforcing cycle when you’re stressed long enough. The hormones themselves mean your body is putting less towards repairing your body at the same time that they are encouraging you to adopt poorer habits overall as you try to make up for constantly running at the proverbial top speed. Sleep, as we highlighted, helps interrupt this. It allows your body to reallocate resources and do what actually needs to be done while you sleep: repairs. A good night’s sleep is what lets your body redirect most of its energy to helping fix your body and soothe your mind. Without it, collagen and elastin stop being replaced as effectively, circulation suffers, and your skin overall begins to look less healthy. The right strategies will help you counter these problems though.
Ultimately, the key to getting a good night’s sleep in any situation is making sure you’re practicing good sleep hygiene. This is a collective way to refer to various tricks you can use to help enforce your body’s natural sleep cycle and keep everything working properly. A good way to do this is to work within the confines of the body’s natural sleep schedule. Your brain intuitively regulates how tired you are, to a degree, based on the overall light levels. Dimmer lights literally make your sleepy. Do yourself the favor of switching to lower light levels after dark to let your mind wind down over the course of the evening so that you can sleep more easily when the time comes. Additionally, you want to set an appointed bedtime and stick to it. The routine will further help to reinforce when you’re supposed to sleep and cut through any mental noise making it difficult. We also strongly encourage you to turn off any alarms that might disturb you in the middle of the night. That e-mail can, in fact, wait until morning and so can most texts you might get. Let yourself have an uninterrupted sleep and you’ll learn to sleep easier.
Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to keeping your skin happy and healthy. It helps to ensure that your skin isn’t worn down simply by living without getting necessary repairs thanks to stress. A good night’s sleep does wonders for your skin and will help your products be even more effective. You simply need to commit to getting the good night’s sleep. A few adjustments to your lifestyle might just be the only things between you and better skin.