When you’ve had a sleepless night it’s usually pretty obvious: yawning, knocking into furniture, grabbing the nearest pack of biscuits. But when it becomes a regular thing, it starts to show in the mirror. Scientists* and experts agree that beauty sleep is not limited to fairytales…
There is proven research that less shut-eye not only creates wrinkles but makes us look older. Scientists found that those with less rest had more fine lines, uneven pigmentation, and slacker, less elastic skin.
When you’re fast asleep, the body goes into repair mode and regenerates skin, blood and brain cells, as well as muscles. However as we age, the process becomes less efficient. But the main reason sleep deprivation causes such change in the skin is because of stress.
Stress creates a hormonal response whereby the body produces extra adrenalin which has a major impact on skin function – think drier skin, lines, sagging skin.
We found Brits are clocking up less sleep than ever before and it’s taking its toll. Here are five tell-tale signs your skin needs sleep:
- Puffy eyes and dark circles
- Spot breakouts
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dull and lacklustre complexion
- Dry and flaky
Research carried out by The Sleep Council in 2011 found that one in 10 women felt so tired it affected their appearance every single day. Shadows and bags under the eyes, washed out and pasty skin were the top complaints.
It also found that more than nine out of 10 women agreed the best tonic to looking and/or feeling better was a good night’s sleep. However while many of us crave a good night’s sleep, many of us don’t get it. Stress and worry, kids or discomfort in bed can all keep you awake at night.
Our friends over The Sleep Council are giving away one of our Sleeping Beauty bedding sets and Flint + Flint skincare – but you need to be quick as the competition ends on 30th September. Winners will be announced on The Sleep Council’s Twitter and Facebook pages by close of play. To enter you must follow AND retweet on Twitter OR like, comment AND share on Facebook.
Hop over to their website for more information and terms.