What actually happens to your skin while you sleep

skin sleep

Our skin cells naturally renew and repair during sleep. Free radical damage is reversed during sleep through cellular renewal. Sleep naturally reduces the hormone Cortisol (Stress hormone) this is the hormone that is responsible for the skin becoming thinner, sleep also increases Melatonin (Sleep hormone), this hormone is like an antioxidant so it inhibits fine lines and age spots.

How well you sleep is also as important because cell turnover and regeneration happens during REM (Rapid Eye movement) stage of sleep. So no more late nights! It’s a good idea to always use moisture attracting serums before you sleep as our skin naturally loses moisture as we sleep, this is called trans epidermal water loss. By introducing a hyaluronic acid serum into your night time routine can be extremely beneficial to maintain cellular hydration. (Hyaluronic acid attracts up to 1000 x its weight in water from moisture in the air).

For those of us looking to target lines it’s a great idea to introduce a retinol into your night routine as retinol can only be used at night and always use SPF. Retinol is a form of Vitamin A and is designed to give your skin a boost, minimise fine lines, unclog pores and it also help with dark spots and pigmentation. Retinol basically tells the skin cells to turnover regularly. Some retinols can be prescribed and others purchased at a clinic. Prescribed retinols can cause irritation to the skin but clinic bought retinols are usually time release this basically means they are encased in a Vitamin E to get your skin to accept it gently and the vitamin A is released under the skin. It is always recommended starting low and slowly introducing it to your skin until your skin adjusts, your therapist can advise you on what regime to take.

Another way to avoid lines on the face is to avoid sleeping on your side and sleep slightly raised to give excess fluid a chance to drain and you won’t wake up with puffy.

Sweet dreams!!