Sleep: The Overlooked Beauty Treatment

Who doesn’t want fresh, glowing skin? Facial masks, skin cleansers and the like have their place for helping us maintain a gorgeous complexion but too often we overlook  the huge benefit that comes from a good night's sleep or more accurately the harm that comes from not getting one.

Not sleeping enough can cause our bodies to produce an over abundance of the stress hormone cortisol which leads to more skin inflammation causing breakouts, increased skin sensitivity, eczema and dermatitis. It can also cause your hair to thin.

Dehydration is another side effect of not getting enough sleep. Skin looks dry, uneven, and red. Not to mention puffy bags under the eyes.

Do your best to ensure your getting enough real rest. Start with good quality sheets. Rough fabrics do not allow your body to move freely while you toss and turn in your sleep. Using a satin pillowcase also reduces the pulling on your skin that can result in fine lines and wrinkles.

Forgo the last minute catching up with your social media accounts before turning out the lights. The blue spectrum light from our devices, which is stimulating and energizing, triggers your body into thinking it’s daylight. Turn off all devices 90 minutes before going to sleep. If you’re bored, be good to yourself and read a book instead.

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