You can have cosmetic surgery, use powerful skincare products, and spend a lot of money on great makeup, but do you know one of the best ways to get beautiful skin? Sleep! Regular, healthy sleep patterns do wonders for your skin.

The benefits of sleep for the skin have been proven and documented. If you have been dreaming of waking up to a beautiful complexion, keep reading to learn how sleep might be the secret.

The time spent while your body is shut down is used to repair and restore your cellular tissues, ensuring their optimal vitality. Not only does sleep promotes skin health, but it can also benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more. With no UV exposure and no dynamic facial muscles contracting, it’s the best time of the day for skin.

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Deep sleep encourages collagen and growth hormone production.
The quality, not just quantity, of rest you get every night has a big impact on how sleep affects your skin. A restless, 8 hours sleep won’t deliver the same benefits as 8 undisturbed hours where you enter the deep sleep stage, and your body and brain waves slow down. It’s during sleep that your body produces growth hormones. Growth hormone is a crucial peptide hormone that stimulates growth, cell reproduction, and cell regeneration. It stimulates collagen synthesis so when lack of quality sleep inhibits a fresh surge of growth hormone collagen production is also diminished. This leads to skin losing its firmness and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Sleep affects your skin’s hydration levels.
Hydration is key for healthy skin function and your body’s hydration levels are impacted by the amount of sleep you get. When your skin is dehydrated it becomes more susceptible to skin problems such as dry skin, psoriasis, eczema, discolouration, and even premature wrinkling. Your body will also struggle to eliminate toxins when it’s dehydrated, which also has an impact on the skin’s health.

We have prepared for you few tips to maximise your seven to nine hours of sleep to help your skin reach its healthiest:

Use an overnight moisturiser and put a glass of water on your bedside table.

Washing your face can dry it out and sleeping can also dehydrate skin, especially if you snooze in a low-humidity environment. While staying hydrated by drinking water can help to some extent what your skin really needs at night is a moisturiser, find our Cult51 Immediate Effect Serum for instant hydration, this serum is best to apply before bed when your skin is at its driest. Also, did you know that your anti-ageing cream will be more effective while you sleep? When your skin is renewing itself as you sleep, the anti-ageing products you apply get a chance to get absorbed thoroughly into the skin. Why not try our Cult51 Night Cream to help you increase the hydration even more.

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Exercise during the day

Sleep and skin may both improve if you make it a point to exercise every day. Not only will exercise increase blood flow and oxygen circulation to your complexion, but it will also help you sleep better at night. The more rigorous your workouts, the more powerful the sleep benefits, but even light exercise can improve the quality of your rest.

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Control your exposure to light.

Light on your face will help you wake up, so get an ample dose of bright sunshine every morning. However, light will also keep you awake, affecting your sleep and skin, so say no to night-time TV or electronic screens. Don’t forget that squinting at backlit devices will also contribute to premature wrinkles around the corners of your eyes.

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Be mindful of when and what you eat or drink.

Everything you eat or drink affects your sleep (and your skin!)—especially whatever you consume a few hours before bedtime. To prevent sleep deprivation and skin conditions, steer clear of caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, big meals, sugary foods, and refined carbs as much as possible, but particularly at night.

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The right pillowcase can really improve your skin.

Traditional pillowcases are made from cotton or cotton/polyester blends. While these linens are inexpensive, they also have a rough surface that creates friction on your hair and skin at night. This can leave you with frizzy hair and wrinkles in the morning.

Bamboo, satin, and silk pillowcases, on the other hand, are made from much smoother materials, these are also less absorbent than cotton pillowcases, helping your hair and skin retain their natural levels of moisture.

Bamboo and silk pillowcases are hypoallergic, which means that they’re unlikely to cause allergic reactions or inflammation. Their lustrous texture reduces friction on the skin, which makes it ideal for anyone with sensitive skin.

Bamboo pillowcases are made from the fast-growing bamboo plant. To make the fabric, the bamboo is first crushed into a pulp, from which the natural fibres are extracted and spun into a yarn. Bamboo, unlike silk, is considered a sustainable fabric because the bamboo plant can grow up to 36 inches in just one day!

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Just one sleepless night can begin to affect your skin’s appearance, leaving the surface looking dull. Ensuring you get enough shut-eye seven to nine hours for most adults – not only keeps your complexion fresh but protects it from germs and irritants, helping to prevent acne and blemishes.

Truly restorative sleep:

Hydrates your skin

Repairs your skin’s cells – meaning youthful skin

Helps your blemishes

Ables your skin to de-stress

Gives your skin an environmental break

Reduces puffy under eyes                                                                                        

There is nothing quite like the importance of sleep. A good night’s rest is a smart health and beauty practice that’s free to use. When you get enough of it, your skin benefits, and you wake up looking and feeling refreshed.
Excited to head to bed a bit earlier now? Great!