The sleep habits that can transform your skin

Q: How important are sleep habits in achieving good skin?

Regular sleep is essential for good health and clear skin. These hours are the most effective time for your liver to cleanse the blood. It is also time when your cortisol level decreases and the skin receives a much-needed boost of oxygen. Cellular regeneration also peaks during this time, which is why you wake-up with a glowing complexion when you sleep well. 

Sleep deprivation can often lead to a reduction in collagen production and, as a result, very poor skin elasticity. We also know now that there is connection between poor sleep and weight gain. Those who don’t sleep enough have increased hunger and a lower metabolic rate. 

It is really important that you make your clients aware of how crucial it is to get a good night’s sleep – aiming for around eight hours per night. During your consultation, ask them about their sleeping patterns. Suggest they avoid spicy food in the evening and also excessive activity. 

It would be great if they could make time to slow down in the evening, maybe just a gentle walk and then a bath with some lavender essential oil. You can also suggest that once they are in bed, they can take few simple and mindful breaths while holding their face in their hands. The room should be fresh and windows curtained to keep out the light. 

I also recommend to clients to avoid blue light from digital devices for at least an hour before bed and not to take devices into the bedroom. We need darkness to produce enough melatonin to help promote a deep sleep.

Beata Aleksandrowicz is an author and co-founder of the Pure Massage Spa Training Method.

See Beata speak on how to create a signature treatment on the Professional Beauty Live Stage at PB London on Sunday, February 24.