While you were sleeping: How the skin responds to sleep and Biologi’s recommended overnight skincare routine
If you’ve ever experienced a few consecutive late nights or a spell of insomnia, you’ll have probably noticed your skin showing the signs.
Not only are dark circles under the eyes common for someone not catching enough ZZZZs, but the skin can also appear dehydrated, lifeless and dull after a period of interrupted sleep.
There’s a reason it’s called ‘beauty sleep’!
The skin is the body’s largest organ and needs rest and recovery just like every other organ. When quality sleep goes AWOL, there are direct implications for your skin.
Here’s what happens to the skin while you sleep and our tips for the best overnight skincare routine.
Cellular mitosis is the process of skin growth and repair. Mitosis occurs when single skin cells separate from identical cells replacing old cells with new, healthier cells.
While mitosis can happen during waking hours, sleep boosts the process which is why you’ll wake up after a good night’s sleep with a brighter complexion.
Cortisol slows down
Cortisol is the root of skincare evil. The hormone released when the brain detects heightened levels of stress can increase inflammation and damage cells leading to breakouts, dehydration and red, irritated skin.
While you sleep, the body is in its most relaxed state which naturally slows cortisol production lessening the toxic impact on the skin.
Increase in melatonin
Melatonin is otherwise known as the sleep hormone. Released during slumber, melatonin activates antioxidant enzymes to build up protection against free radicals in the skin. Free radical damage can cause cellular damage which leads to signs of premature ageing and dehydration so your skin will thank you for all the melatonin you can give it!
Biologi’s recommended overnight skin routine
We know there’s no substitute for a good night’s sleep but here’s how you can maximise your overnight sleep routine.
Double cleanse before bed
We recommend you remove makeup with a microfibre cloth and water before using a gentle cleanser to thoroughly remove makeup, sunscreen, oil and impurities.
This double cleanse prepares the skin’s surface to receive the active ingredients in your Biologi serums.
Skin naturally dehydrates during sleep. End each day with a glass of water and drink another as soon as you wake to replace the lost moisture that dehydrates cells.
Go to sleep before 11.00 pm
From 11.00 onwards, mitosis accelerates. As rested as you can be during this time will boost the process to help you wake up with glowing skin. Everyone’s sleep needs are unique, but we recommend a minimum of seven hours of quality sleep to enhance natural processes.
Apply Biologi serum after cleansing
Biologi serums aren’t specifically designed for day or night-time use as the active ingredients work on the cells just the same whatever the time of day. What’s important is that the serums are applied to clean, dry skin so the active ingredients can penetrate deeper to nourish, heal and protect cells while you sleep.
Sleep is one of the most under-recognised pillars of an effective skincare routine. Add a minimum of seven hours a night sleep into your routine, and the results will speak for themselves. Click here to shop Biologi today.