How sleep affects your skin – part 2
In our last blog post, we explored a few of the ways that not getting enough sleep can wreak havoc on your skin. Here are a few more ways your can save your skin while you hide beneath the covers.
- Your sheets may be damaging your skin
If the sheets you sleep on are low thread count and are rough to the touch, they could be causing your complexion trouble. Rough fabrics don’t provide the slip your skin needs to move about freely over the pillow as you toss and turn throughout the night. They can also pull your skin slightly, which can lead to fine lines and wrinkles over time. The friction from your face on a cotton pillowcase as you toss and turn at night can trigger breakouts. We spend a third of our lives sleeping so it’s very important to have your bedroom environment part of your skincare routine. Even if you do not want to spend a lot of expensive sheets, it is worth purchasing cotton sheets, as they stay softer longer.
- Don’t sleep on your stomach
If you lie on your stomach, liquid can pool in the trough of your under-eye throughout the night and cause puffiness that you won’t want to wake up to. This can lead to deep under eye bags that make you feel uncomfortable in the morning light. In order to combat under eye puffiness, try sleeping in a thick sleep mask, that will prop up your head to keep the fluid in your body flowing downwards, instead of pooling under your eyes.
- Your devices keep you up at night
Some of the best sleep experts recommend sleeping with your devices outside of your bedroom. The main reason: They can be distracting. Scrolling through Instagram or reading a book on a tablet before bed can wake your brain up, training it to believe that it is daytime, rather than night. Even if you dim the brightness of your device, you’re still being exposed to the blue daylight spectrum of light, which is the colour of the sun. Avoid using technology 90 minutes before bed to help turn your brain from day to night mode.
- If you’re stressed and not sleeping well, your skin will show it
Your skin is the window to your health. If you’re not sleeping properly and your system isn’t working at its optimal capacity, you’re going to notice the aftermath on your face. This can include dry, flaky skin, a dull complexion and breakouts. If you’re feeling stressed, it’s a good idea to get some exercise. Try hitting the gym between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Getting in a good sweat releases endorphins that help release stress, but exercising during this time in the evening specifically, even if its in the comfort of your own home, sets you up for a good’s night sleep. It will leave you less stressed and even more tired and ready for bed. If you don’t have time for the gym, try a nice, relaxing bath, use aromatherapy, meditate or practice gratitude before bed. Every bit helps.
How do you ensure you get a good night’s sleep? Comment below!