We’ve all heard of ‘beauty sleep’, but what you may not know is that certain sleeping habits we’ve become accustomed to can actually be negatively affecting our skin and overall appearance. It’s not as easy as just going to sleep and waiting for the magic to happen; we need to take a more detailed look at the factors involved.
With half of us reporting that we are sleeping less or experiencing a disturbed sleep during lockdown, it’s more important than ever to do something about our sleeping habits – especially with the amount of people experiencing ‘lockdown skin’. Lack of sleep can play a big part in skin health, but things that you may not have thought about, such as your sleeping position, your actions before bed, and even your bedding, can have a huge impact on your skin. It takes two weeks to break a habit, so although some of these things may be hard to stop at first, stick with it – you’ll get there.
So, what are these bad sleeping habits for your skin and what should you do to change them?
During the night, we sleep in positions that irritate and wrinkle the skin on our face, mainly due to the fact we have our face fully or partially in the pillow. The problem is with cotton pillows, they don’t allow our skin to slide so it results in a continually rubbing effect that pulls on delicate parts of the face.
Silk pillows are great for solving this problem, as they are not only soft on the skin but also don’t dehydrate it. Silk contains natural proteins which help speed up the metabolism of skin cells and counter the effects of ageing, so it not only prevents wrinkles but can help the skin to regenerate whilst you sleep.
Lying too flat whilst you sleep can cause a build-up in fluid under your eyes, which gives the appearance of puffy eyes when you wake up. If you find yourself waking up with under eye bags or puffy eyes that tend to go away during the day, try adding an extra pillow under your head during the night – using two pillows instead of one will help with lymphatic drainage. Fluid build-up is especially likely for those who sleep on their stomach or side, the best position is on your back with your head elevated.
What you do with your skin before bed can have a huge effect on how your skin looks in the morning. Every night before you go to sleep, it’s important that you completely remove the day’s makeup and dirt from your face and prepare it for regeneration. The best way to do this is to stick to a skincare routine which involves cleansing, toning and washing your face with a clean, wet cloth. After all impurities are removed from your face, the next thing you need to do is to apply a specially formulated night cream. Applying an anti-ageing product such as our Navya Anti-Ageing Night Cream can help to reduce fine lines, tighten and hydrate your skin whilst you sleep. If you suffer with blemishes or spot prone skin, using our Ojas Anti-Blemish Night Cream before bed can help to balance skin oils, reduce pigmentation and brighten your overall complexion. Both of these formulas contain a rich blend of ancient herbs and natural oils that give the skin a youthful and radiant glow ready for you to get up and go in the morning.
Over time, debris like dead skin cells, oil, dirt and dust accumulates on your pillow and on your sheets, which can contribute to breakouts. Dirty sheets rub against your skin and not only causes bacteria on your skin, but also causes friction which can lead to skin irritation. The recommended time you should wash your sheets is at least once every two weeks – but bump it down to once a week if you’re prone to acne or sweating. Your actual pillow needs washing at least once every 6 months in the washing machine – don’t just rely on the pillow case to protect it – it can still harbour a build-up of bacteria.
Of course, last but not least – making sure you get enough sleep. The body repairs itself whilst you sleep, and the key is to get between 7-9 hours of restful sleep each night. Your body boosts blood flow to your face whilst you are asleep, which allows you to wake up with a healthy glow.
Studies show that a lack of sleep can actually increase your levels of the stress hormone (cortisol) within the body. These high cortisol levels can accelerate the breakdown of elastin and collagen production within your skin, as well as causing breakouts, or ‘stress skin’. If you currently suffer from skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, lack of sleep can worsen your symptoms.
We hope that you found some of the tips in this post useful, and you can implement some changes to your sleeping habits in order to improve your skin’s health and appearance.