Sleep just doesn’t get the love it deserves.
When thinking about healthy habits, diet and exercise are the two first things that often come to mind, but we tend to forget about the third, yet probably the most important one…
When depriving our bodies from a good night sleep, our recovery cycle is interrupted, making us less alert, impairing our ability to think and process information and probably even throwing off our entire mood. But there are multiple consequences derived from sleep deprivation, yet here we will talk about what happens to our largest organ while we sleep; our skin.
‘Sleep deprivation is usually associated with increased signs of
intrinsic ageing, diminished skin barrier function and lower self-satisfaction’
No wonder why a friend of ours would usually describe ‘beauty’ in “sleeping terms” – depending on how much his girlfriend had slept. We see it, and it happens.
According to a study published by the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden – 'sleep-deprived patients showed more signs of hanging eyelids, ‘panda eyes’ aka darker under-eye circles, paler skin, more fine lines and wrinkles, and more droopy corners around the mouth'.
BUT WHAT’S BEHIND ALL OF THIS
During the day, our skin is usually in ‘defense mode’ protecting us from the UV rays and other environmental aggressors, but during the night, our body switches to ‘recovery and repair mode', ensuring we pause, calibrate and reset while continuing to function at our best.
When sleeping, our skin’s capacity to regenerate and repair accelerates – increasing collagen production, unwinding cell damage, and ensuring we are ready for a new day.
As we go into the night and the lights go down, our melatonin levels rise making us feel more tired.
When we fall asleep, our blood flow increases, our body temperatures rise and our collagen production is boosted. Later into the night, when the body is in a deep restful sleep, an additional hormone, called the HGH (the human growth hormone) kicks in, making cell turnover and renewal escalate, allowing us to metabolize the proteins, helping us increase muscle mass and strengthen skin.
Now that you understand the chemistry behind, and you know how receptive your skin is during the night, you probably also understand why a sleeping mask will just enhance and simplify your skincare habits.
USING A SLEEPING MASK
Sleeping masks have been designed to nurture and protect our skin during the night, when it is more active and receptive. Designed to stay on our faces longer, sleeping masks are better utilized than daytime products, delivering results without interfering with others makeup or SPF.
Hydration is extremely important to delay and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As we age, our skin’s hydration levels’ drop, so it is paramount that we help it stay hydrated at all times, and what better than during the night when we are exposed to more water loss.
At P U M B B A we care about skin health for the long run. Our Overnight Z-Mask has been formulated with a sensitive skin in mind, and has been meticulously endorsed with the perfect blend of nutrients and vitamins to help boost hydration, reduce appearance of small lines and wrinkles, calm skin while smoothing out complexion– a quick and easy 5 minute habit, to wake up looking good and feeling great.