Sleep deprivation can affect more than just your ability to function at full capacity.  It can also have negative effects on your skin, yes, your skin! Skin never sleeps. Human skin is the first line of defense between your internal organs and all the outside germs we encounter every day.  Skin fights back all day defending our vital organs from smoke, sun, processed foods, stress and other free radicals. Just as your first cup of morning coffee is essential to waking up, so is sunscreen and proper skincare to your skin!

When your head hits the pillow at night, your skin begins to repair itself from the day’s stressors. Skin cell regeneration doubles at night and the production of collagen escalates. Overnight skin care products are recommended because they are formulated differently and aid in the body’s natural healing.

Do you have dark shadows and puffiness under your eyes? Do you appear sallow, lackluster or have dehydrated skin?  Do you find yourself prone to cold sores or skin infections? You most likely are suffering from sleep deprivation! While your esthetician can get your skin looking healthier and restore it’s natural beauty, it’s important to adjust your sleep habits to fully restore your skin and body.

Quick Tips for Better Sleep:

  1. Set a bedtime and stay consistent with sleep and wake times.
  2. Make sure your mattress is the proper firmness for your body type.
  3. Decompress from blue lights (electronics), and any stress triggers at least an hour before bedtime.
  4. Soaking in a warm bath or shower washes away the stress and pollutions/allergens from the day.
  5. Tea with honey or a natural sleep aid can assist in relaxing your body for optimal sleep.
  6. Lavender, chamomile, clary sage or sandalwood essential oils can be used as directed for relaxation and sleep.
  7. Going straight to bed after a large meal can be hard on the digestive system and will result in restless sleep, plan accordingly and avoid large meals close to bedtime.
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