Thanks to Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, we’ve been taught and reminded that beauty and sleep are tightly intertwined. The primary skin function during the night is cellular regeneration and multiplication. The collagen and elastin production also increases, and toxins that accumulated during the day are eliminated. During nighttime, our cells are renewing and there’s an increase melatonin. Before these hours, the skin is more receptive to any product you apply; hence, they will deeply penetrate.
Melatonin is in charge of controlling the biological rhythm and sleep pattern; and has antioxidant properties to repair the damaged cells. It also, inhibits melanin production so, in a way, prevents pigmentation.
How do I prepare my skin before sleeping?
You need to follow some simple steps to remove the bacteria and dead skin accumulated during the day. Take into consideration the type of skin, age, and special needs your skin can have. Just use a cleanser, toner, serum of your choice, and moisturizer mostly made for nighttime.
If I don’t sleep for 8 hours, will my skin look different?
With an adequate resting, you avoid prolonged muscle contraction; this allows you to have a better blood flow to the face area. Also, the constant interruption of sleep modifies certain hormones that can affect our skin.
Which sleep position is the best?
The best sleeping position is facing up; by adopting another position, you can cause creases in your face and neck due to the constant friction with your pillow. You can add extra pillows or small cushions to avoid rotating your face, and the most recommended fabric is cotton.
Can my food affect the way my skin works at night?
Alcohol and spicy food can make you have heavy digestion and possibly not allow you to have enough rest. Include fruits and vegetables in your diet to improve the elimination of free radicals.