Younger looking skin with next to no effort
Us women spend a lot of time worrying about ageing, don’t we? Many of us also go to great (and sometimes painful) lengths to ensure we don’t look like we’re ageing, which. But the truth is you don’t need to go to extremes to look younger. There’s a far simpler way to achieve more vibrant, youthful looking skin and the brilliant part is you’re already doing it – you just might not be utlising it in the way you should.
So what is this mystery anti-ager? It’s sleep! Yep, that’s right – aside from helping you feel fresher and more energetic, getting a good night’s sleep is unbelievably beneficial for your skin. Find out why this is and how you can make the most of your sleep time to fight the signs of ageing…
HOW DOES SLEEP HELP YOU LOOK MORE YOUTHFUL?
If you find that your skin naturally looks plumper and more youthful when you wake up, it’s not just your imagination – it’s because your skin cells do their most efficient and effective regenerative work as you sleep. While you’re in the land of nod your body naturally increases its levels of melatonin (which happens to be an effective antioxidant that can help reduce pigmentation and wrinkles) and also lowers your levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, which contributes to skin thinning and discolouration. Similarly, during the night your skin doesn’t need to focus on fighting UV rays, pollution or other environmental aggressors like it does during the day, so it has the perfect opportunity to focus on repairing and strengthening itself.
HOW MUCH SLEEP SHOULD YOU BE GETTING EACH NIGHT?
According to the National Sleep Foundation there’s actually no ‘magic number’ when it comes to how many hours of shut-eye you should be getting a night, but 7 – 9 hours of sleep a night is believed to be adequate for most people. While some people can function productively on 7 hours of sleep, others may need 9 hours, so it’s really up to you to know your body and recognise what it takes to feel alert and energetic. Using a smart phone app like ‘Sleep Cycle’, which tracks your sleep patterns and reveals which hours you’re in your deepest sleep can provide helpful insight into your average length of sleep over a period of time.
HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR SKIN FIGHT AGEING WHILE YOU SLEEP?
The great thing about your skin’s nighttime self-regeneration process is that you don’t really need to do anything but fall asleep. What you can do, however, is boost the skin care benefits of sleep by using a product that works together with your skin’s natural renewal process. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is the new and improved version of the original (and multi-award winning!) anti-ageing wonder serum that works in sync with your skin as you sleep to optimise cellular performance and help your skin look more youthful. It’s formulated with Chronolux™ Technology to support the natural synchronization of the skin’s nighttime repair process; anti-pollution technology to reduce the appearance of visible damage caused by environmental elements; and a blend of hard-working antioxidants and active ingredients to combat both external free radical damage and internal cellular damage. Yep, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II may be a mouthful to say, but it’s certainly not shy of hard work, providing you with multiple skin benefits at a time when your skin is most receptive to active ingredients – while you sleep!
WHAT ARE OPTIMAL HOURS FOR SKIN REJUVENATION?
Ingrid Wood, author of Good Skin says, “research shows that skin cell regeneration almost doubles at night, peaking between 11pm and 2am.” This means that the production of collagen is boosted, harmful free radicals are destroyed and cell damage is rectified most effectively between those hours – so make sure you’re in bed and fast asleep with your Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II on your skin by 11pm every night to ensure you look more radiant and youthful when you wake.
How do you make the most of your sleep? Do you do anything special to your skin in the bid to look younger?