Sleeping Beauty may hold the record for beauty sleep, but even if you’re not thrilled with the idea of pricking your finger on a poisoned spindle and falling asleep until a handsome prince comes to your rescue, there’s no denying the importance of sleep in your beauty routine. (Isn’t it just as easy to set your alarm?)
When you sleep, your body does a lot more than simply rest. In fact, those hours you spend dozing are when your skin (your body’s largest organ) works to regenerate and repair your skin cells. A while ago, there was even a study that proved a lack of sleep can speed up the aging process.
Read on for three reasons why your beauty sleep is so important–and some ways you can boost your body’s hard work while you’re off in dreamland (or fake it until you can hit the sack).
- It’s good for your health. Lack of sleep has been connected to higher rates of serious health issues like diabetes, weight gain, heart disease, hypertension and more. Can’t fall asleep? When all of the mom-approved methods fail, try cooling your bedroom or meditating to relax your body and mind.
- Your complexion needs sleep, too. Burning the midnight oil can cause dark circles under your eyes (or in my case, darkER circles), puffiness, redness and more frequent breakouts. If you tossed and turned all night, try splashing your face with cold water to shrink your pores and reduce puffiness, then pat–don’t rub–dry. Don’t skimp on the moisturizer, and if you have time, chill your eye cream in the fridge so that it’s nice and cold when you slather it on.
- Sleep makes you better. When you’re well-rested, you’ll be in a better mood, have better concentration and problem-solving skills, better reaction times (and therefore a safer commute or trip to the grocery store) and you’ll feel more energetic when you do just about anything. If you’re feeling sluggish when you roll out of bed, try doing a few jumping jacks to get your blood flowing.
Honey Month Tip: Honey and cucumber facial. With a blender, food processor or mortar and pestle, blend or puree a whole, peeled cucumber with a heaping tablespoon of honey. Smooth the mixture onto your face and leave until dry–about 20-25 minutes. Rinse.