With your best selfie face proven to be at 10 a.m., it beckons us to revisit a common saying passed on from mother to daughter or son - "You need your beauty sleep." Well, she was right, beauty sleep is real especially when it comes to great skincare habits! The quantity and quality of sleep you get has a profound impact on your skin health and knowing your rhythm is half the battle.
Your body's internal clock has a natural rhythm that regulates it - your Circadian Rhythm. It is encoded with the 24-hour rhythm of the sun and it cycles between sleepiness and alertness. When it’s dark, your eyes send a signal to your brain, which starts sending signals to your body to release melatonin. Melatonin makes you tired and also acts as an antioxidant that helps protect your skin from damaging free radicals.
Feeling out of sorts? Regular sleep and wake times keep your Circadian Rhythm in check. Things like trying to sneak in extra sleep, jet lag or special events disrupt your rhythm.
Limit Tech in Bed
Bright lights can throw the body clock off and confuse your brain, so try powering down devices at least two hours before bed and shift your smartphone to 'night’ mode!
Align With Your Skincare Rhythm
Circadian alignment can change according to age, but it’s something we’re born with, so we should be aware of scheduling our lifestyle according to our unique rhythm. Sticking to this natural rhythm can help with sleep, mood and disease prevention.
Your skin's Circadian Rhythm is also important in order to put your best face forward. Products that naturally work with this rhythm, like Elemis Peptide⁴ Adaptive Day Cream and Elemis Peptide⁴ Plumping Pillow Facial will help you keep your best selfie face longer!
By night, Peptide⁴ Plumping Pillow Facial works as a cooling gel mask that locks in moisture by going into repair and recovery mode during sleep. The formula works with the body’s internal clock, from cell renewal to sebum secretion. Ingredients like wild-harvested Indian Night Jasmine and Sweet Orange work on overdrive overnight to leave thirsty skin looking refreshed by morning.
By day, the featherlight, soft mousse Peptide⁴ Adaptive Day Cream adapts to your skin's needs. If your skin is dry, it instantly delivers a burst of cooling hydration. It also creates a soft-focus effect to blur the look of fine lines and wrinkles and minimize the appearance of pores. Skin-synchronising Peptide⁴ and cold-pressed Honesty Seed Oil helps support the skin’s moisture barrier, while Swiss botanical extracts including Butterfly Bush, Thyme and Mallow help maintain the skin’s natural defenses against the environment.
Above all the environment you create to sleep is the most important. This optimizes your body’s production of melatonin. By keeping your room dark and the temperature set between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit at night, the drop in body temperature will naturally induce sleep. If you’re sleep-deprived, the body produces more cortisol, the stress hormone which causes inflammation in the body and skin.
Since your best selfie face is at 10 a.m., getting that beauty sleep and hydrating overnight is everything.