Did you know that while you're sleeping, your body is working hard throughout the night to keep your complexion healthy? To make sure you’re maximising your beauty sleep, we took notes from SLMD Skincare founder and board certified dermatologist, Dr. Sandra Lee (aka Dr. Pimple Popper).
What does 'beauty sleep' really do for your skin?
Getting a good night’s sleep ensures that our bodies are able to:
- Regenerate skin cells: cell turnover is the fastest and most efficient at night.
- Stimulate blood flow: helps deliver nutrients to skin cells and takes free radicals away from working cells.
- Strengthen collagen levels: protein makes up 75-80% of skin and is responsible for its firmness, how it looks, and ages.
- Regulate cortisol: higher levels of this stress hormone break down collagen and can increase the hormones that regulate sebum production.
Pro tip from Dr. Sandra Lee:
“Wash your face morning and night to make sure to clear away any impurities that build up during the day, and in the morning to reveal fresh, new skin cells. Also, incorporate a retinol serum which will help slow the breakdown of collagen and simultaneously encourage rapid skin cell turnover.”
How to maximise your beauty sleep
According to Dr. Lee, there are several ways you can help your body rest and rejuvenate overnight. These simple lifestyle modifications can make a big impact on your overall health — and by extension, your skin health.
- Sleep on your back: many people find this challenging, but hours of compressing your face and/or chest will cause wrinkles over the course of a lifetime.
- Choose natural linens: try cotton or silk, and wash them at least once a week to eliminate blemish-causing bacteria, oils and dead skin cells.
- Perform a nighttime ritual: create an end of day skincare routine in a calm environment that excludes bright light and electronic devices.
Dr. Lee's last word
Sleep is something that many of my patients tend to overlook, but it really does play an important role in your skin's health. Nighttime is when our skin clears toxins, repairs, and regenerates itself — so getting a good night's sleep makes a difference, especially over the course of a lifetime. And don't forget to cleanse your skin before you go to bed!
—Dr. Sandra Lee