You’ve probably noticed that your skin looks better if you get a good night’s sleep. But
You’ve probably noticed that your skin looks better if you get a good night’s sleep. But lack of sleep doesn’t just damage your skin in the short term, it positively accelerates ageing. Getting a good night’s sleep is a top priority in our tips for healthy skin. Physician-scientists at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Centre found that sleep quality impacts skin function and ageing.
The study shows “sleep deprived women show signs of premature skin ageing and a decrease in their skin’s ability to recover after sun exposure. Arguably, inadequate sleep is correlated with reduced skin health and accelerates skin ageing”.
We already knew about numerous problems caused by sleep deprivation including cancer, obesity, diabetes and immune deficiency syndrome. The effects on sleep have not been researched as much.
It’s not just how much you sleep but how well you sleep that counts. Poor sleep quality can also accelerate signs of skin ageing and weakens your skin’s ability to repair itself overnight. Weakened skin leaves you more vulnerable to external toxins and UV rays. Lack of sleep also reduces the amount of growth hormones produced by your body, which in turn reduces skin elasticity and causes wrinkles to appear earlier than they otherwise would have.
Here are four tips for healthy skin and a good night’s sleep from Spa Experience:
- Enjoy a Thermal Spa Experience. Using a sauna or steam room increases the heart rate and so does rapidly cooling the body afterwards in the plunge pool. This cardiovascular workout can induce natural fatigue and restfulness. Enjoy a Thermal Spa Experience at your local Spa Experience London and that night you are likely to sleep like a baby!
- Book a Facial Treatment. Each of our Spa London locations offers a selection ofElemis facial treatments. Take a look at what’s on offer from each location or talk to one of our beauty therapists who will prescribe the ideal treatment for your skin with the Elemis Skin Specific Prescription Facial.
- Drink Plenty of Water. Your Mother was right when she told you to drink lots of water. It’s the oldest and best advice for all round health and its especially good for your skin. Avoid caffeinated drinks too as they can cause restlessness and disrupt natural sleeping patterns
- Turn off Those Gadgets. Make sure your bedroom is absolutely dark, with no lights or noise at all. Turn off the flickering lights of any electronic devices in your room and try to maintain a peaceful atmosphere by reducing noise as well. Even a small amount of light can reduce the quality of sleep, so pay attention to cracks in the curtain and mobile phone screens that light up in the dark.