Sleep Is The Fountain of Youth
Do a search on sleep and a lot of the headlines you’ll see promise younger looking skin, rested under eyes, less wrinkles, and some go as far as promising it’s the closest we’ll ever get to the fountain of youth!
Because IT’S TRUE!
Full-coverage concealer may mask under-eye shadows, and some bronzer might give you a faux glow, but you can't cheat eight hours of shut-eye by caking on the makeup alone — not to mention your skin can actually age before its time from lack of sleep. It's the stuff of nightmares.
It’s when you sleep that your body truly goes to work. Your body repairs itself and recovers while you snooze, and that leads to a long list of benefits for your looks. The key is to get enough shut-eye -- 7 to 9 quality hours each night. If you’re getting fewer than 6 hours, it’s likely affecting your appearance. Michael Breus, PhD, a board-certified sleep specialist, suggests getting 1 to 3 more hours of Zzz's, and says you could see some improvement in as little as a day. Keep it up, and “within 2 to 3 weeks, people will notice that you’re sleeping better by the way you look.”
So step 1? SLEEP MORE. Easy enough. But there’s more. Here are 5 more things you can do before, during, and after your best night of sleep to look and feel younger!
Tip #1: Wash Your Face BEFORE You’re Tired
Make a habit of washing your face a few hours before bed. If you wait until you're tired, you're more likely to blow it off—allowing toxins and dirt to stay on there all night! Another consequence? You miss the best time to treat your skin. At night there's more blood flow to the skin's surface, and there's nothing else on your face to interfere with absorption. Want something that really gets rid of the yuck of the day and will leave your skin feeling yummy and moisturized? Try one of Senegence’s 3-in-1 cleansers formulated to clean, tone, and exfoliate in one easy step.
Tip #2: Moisture, Moisture, and MORE Moisture
For a fresh, dewy look in the morning, make sure you’re getting enough water the day before. Take a water bottle with you wherever you go. Drinking enough water (the equivalent of at least 9 cups of fluids daily) will keep the body, skin and your face hydrated. I love this water bottle and it helps remind me to drink water all day long!
Pro Tip: Don’t eat salty foods close to bedtime. You’ll undo all the work you’ve done by drinking water and your face will look doughy and puffy when you wake up!
Tip #3: Sleep On Your Back
Ironically, sleep can also contribute to wrinkle formation *sadface*. And I’m not talking temporary pillow marks, but 'sleep wrinkles', as they're known, which are believed to be a result of the skin being pushed and pulled against the pillow, damaging skin-smoothing collagen over time. Future-proof your face by sleeping on your back – lying face down or sideways on your pillow can help cause lines to form. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase can also help with tip #4! (AND help you avoid the embarrassing hand print that takes hours to fade)
Tip #4: BE A Pineapple
Well, let your HAIR be a pineapple. This is about waking up refreshed and more beautiful right? Well, a rat’s nest or sweaty curls won’t help you in that department. Pineappling is a specific way to style your hair before bed so you wake up with your style from the night before still intact — if you have waves, you’ll wake up with waves; if you have straight hair, you’ll wake up with straight hair. Gather your hair atop your head in a loose ponytail with an elastic or hair tie that won’t leave marks or kinks in your hair. (try my favorite Invisibobbles) Then wake up, let your hair down (both metaphorically and literally) and be out the door with near-perfect hair in minutes!
Tip #5: Make Your Bedroom The Best Place to Sleep
It sounds like a no-brainer, but are you making your bedroom an ideal sleeping heaven? Shut out the excess light – turn off chargers or electronics with small lights, make sure you have black-out blinds, and that you aren’t spending time on blue-light devices (hello phone) close to bedtime. Tune out distractions and focus on bringing your body, mind, and spirit down a level. Spritz your pillow with a scent that encourages sleep (love this lavender mist), and make your room a few degrees colder than normal. A cold room will help you stay asleep longer, and make it much more likely that you achieve REM.
And that’s it! Follow these 5 steps and you can expect fewer wrinkles, a glowing complexion, bright and less puffy eyes, healthier, fuller hair, a happier, healthier appearance, AND maximize the efficacy of the products you’re using on your skin.
Let your body do half of the work for you by treating it right and investing in your sleep! After all, it’s the closest we’ll ever come to the fountain of youth…for now ;)