GET SOME SLEEP!
Whenever somebody asks me what I like best about my job as an esthetician, I always say that I LOVE meeting clients who are brand new to skincare, and have never had skincare treatments before. It is so rewarding to educate new clients on the importance of maintaining their skin's health. Once they leave my table, they have a better understanding of why taking care of your body's largest organ is so important. Sure, everyone wants to look younger and have glowing skin, and I try to get them on that path during the small amount of time I have with them. Skincare is so much more than what you look like on the outside. The way your skin looks and feels depends on your overall health.
Aside from nutrition and lifestyle, there is probably nothing more important that impacts your skin than sleep. I admit this all the time--I just do not get enough sleep. Age, stress, kids, relatives, spouses, jobs, busy schedules...women (myself included), are notoriously bad at turning their brains off at night. Most of us have about a zillion and two things running through our minds at any given time. It's hard to shut that down and get a good night's rest. We need to try though, and here is why:
1. Lack of sleep has been clinically proven to impact the rate of aging. I tell my clients who do not have an established skincare routine, or are just plain stubborn and don't think they need one: "Your nighttime routine is almost more important than the morning routine. Almost. So if you're going to do anything, cleanse your skin and use a good serum and moisturizer at night at the very least."
Your body regenerates overnight. Think of it like a deep, internal cleanse every day. It is so important to "cleanse the day off" of your skin every night. Start by removing all of your makeup, especially your eye makeup. I shared an article on Facebook the other day about a woman who neglected to thoroughly remove her mascara for many years. It wasn't pretty. After you have removed your makeup, this is when you need to actually cleanse your skin. If you do not have a quality makeup remover, cleanse your skin twice, because if you wear makeup and are only washing your face once, you are washing your makeup and not your skin.
Next, I like to save my heavy serums and creams for night. I tone, apply an antioxidant/anti-aging serum, eye cream, and a heavier moisturizer. Your skincare expert should be able to point you in the right direction as far as products for your own skin type.
The point is, you need to make sure your skin is ready for all those lotions and potions to work their magic while you sleep. If you are getting enough quality sleep, your skin will repair and regenerate faster, and be able to protect itself from environmental stress. Don't forget that your skin is the first line of defense when it comes to pollutants, toxins, and UV rays.
2. Not getting enough sleep can make cortisol and hormone levels go bonkers, which leads to weight gain and all kinds of internal problems that affect your skin. A spike in cortisol can deplete essential vitamins from your skin, and also make oily skin worse.
So, make your skin's health a priority by shutting down electronics before bed, cleansing and hydrating your skin, check your nutrition, and make sleep a priority. Your skin (and the rest of your body) will thank you.
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