Sleeplessness and insomnia prematurely age your skin!
I guess that it makes sense that insomnia and sleeplessness ages our skin, because after all, we have all looked in the mirror the night after and groaned in despair!
The problem is that our skin doesn’t just look tired after a lack of sleep, over time, if we continue to run on limited sleep, our skin can actually age faster. This is because insomnia causes our bodies to become stressed and when in ‘stress’ mode, we not only look older, but our skin actually ages faster as well.
This is called premature aging and is something that none of us want to experience! Of course, the solution is to cure your insomnia, but that is easier said than done. With most experts recommending around 7 to 8 hours sleep per night, people who usually get only 3 to 4 hours sleep, or people who are shift workers or remote workers, or people who suffer from interrupted sleep, find that a lack of sleep can pay havoc with their skin.
So let’s look at the problems that sleeplessness and insomnia can cause to your skin, and then look at some of the nourishing treatments you can use to boost your skin’s health.
How does insomnia effect your skin’s health?
Sleep deprivation is associated with increased cortisol levels and can exacerbate contact dermatitis, as well as other allergic reactions.
This means that a long term lack of sleep can have serious consequences for your health, from skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis to increased cardiovascular risks, premature aging and early mortality.
It is the chronic lack of sleep that results in an overproduction of glucocorticoids (including cortisol), which regulates the production of glucose in your body, and too much glucose accelerates the aging process. In fact, the integrity of your skin and the formation of collagen has been shown to be directly affected by a lack of sleep, which also negatively effects your immune system.
Collagen helps to keep your skin looking youthful, so a premature reduction in its production causes a subsequent premature aging of your skin. Cortisol also increases the production of sebum in your skin, leading to more frequent acne breakouts and to a general look of tiredness and ill-health.
Whilst there are plenty of treatments or helpful tips to reduce your insomnia, such as using music therapy, aromatherapy, yoga, re-timer glasses and sleep sound machines, there is not a lot of talk about how to nourish and support your skin.
So let’s take a look at one of the best ways you can feed your skin and help it to recover from this immune suppressant cycle – the next generation of overnight soothing and nourishing face masks. Even though your lack of sleep causes your skin problems, nourishing your skin during the times that you do actually sleep is really going to give your skin a well deserved boost!
Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Facial Gel Mask & Moisturizer
With vitamin B3, mulberry extract and humectants to hydrate and brighten your skin’s appearance, this nourishing overnight mask leaves your skin looking pearlescent and healthy.
The gel based formula easily penetrates your skin and is gradually absorbed during the night, giving your skin a super boost of hydration and a more even skin tone. This overnight mask is all about brightening, hydrating and smoothing your skin and is a perfect salve for an insomnia effected complexion.
nügg Deep Hydration and Moisturizing Face Mask
The nügg range of 7 face masks have many uses, from super hydrating your face, to anti-aging, pore cleaning, exfoliating, brightening, deep cleansing and detoxing your skin. Select whichever facial mask suits your skin’s needs at the time and glory in clean, healthy and radiant skin!
These face masks have won the Allure Best of Beauty Award three times and are made from 94% natural or naturally derived ingredients, including camellia seeds, spirulina extracts and aloe juice. Leave on your skin for up to 15 minutes before rinsing off or leave it on all night for the gel to absorb into your skin.
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
This lightweight gel formula was designed to add masses of hydration to your skin overnight, and is specifically aimed at helping deeply hydrated and fatigued skin.
Formulated with a range of beautiful scents to help relax and settle you for sleep and ingredients that strengthen the skin’s barrier, soon your skin will become smoother, more hydrated, luminous and healthier. Use this overnight mask once or twice a week for a long term boost to your skin and banish that tired and exhausted look on your face.
Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Mask
Designed with pure natural ingredients (65% rice extract), this super gentle formula brightens, nourishes and hydrates tired, dull looking skin. Your skin is literally transformed, becoming healthier and more radiant overnight.
Rice is a wonderful ingredient that tightens your skin, reduces the size of your pores, minimizes mild acne and tones your skin. Why not add this overnight mask to your night time routine and enjoy clearer, healthier skin?
Renove Vee Tox Bee Venom Overnight Mask
This wonderful anti-aging creamy overnight mask contains purified bee venom and Maluka honey that are both organic and gentle on your skin. The bee venom stimulates the production of elastin and collagen in your skin to reduce wrinkles and tighten your skin the Maluka honey nourishes, moisturizes and smooths your skin.
Touted as a miracle cream, simply apply this luscious mask to your face overnight and look forward to beautiful glowing skin!