Daylight Saving Time officially begins at 2:00 AM EST, Sunday, March 8th. That means that at two o’clock in the morning, as you’re fast asleep, it will instantaneously and unceremoniously become three o’clock in the morning! And as they say, you just lost an hour’s sleep.
Now, you may be able to function just fine on caffeine and three out of four cylinders, but will your skin recover as charitably?
Healthy adults require somewhere between 7-9 hours of sleep per night, though you might be fine with 4 or 5, or feel completely bereft without at least 10. Functionally speaking, only you know how much sleep you need in order to wake up feeling sharp, alert, and energetic. There are, however, the more mysterious benefits of sleep that can be a little less obvious.
Pillow Talk – What Goes on While You’re Sleeping?
It seems counterintuitive, but while you wake up after a good night’s sleep feeling rested and refreshed, your brain and body have been hard at work that entire time.
While you sleep, your body is working to repair muscles, organs, and other cells, including your skin cells. Chemicals that strengthen your immune system circulate in your blood, hormones that are essential for optimal growth and development are increased, and stress is flushed from your system.
A good night’s sleep:
- Helps repair your skin
- Improves your overall immune function
- Positively affects your emotions and social interactions
- Improves your concentration and productivity
- Helps maximize both athletic and intellectual performance
- Reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke
Lack of sleep, on the other hand, is linked to increased body weight, increased inflammation, depression, and host of other issues and concerns.
The Skinny on Sleep – How Does Sleep Affect Your Skin?
Dark circles under your eyes; dry skin and wrinkles; flushed cheeks; inflammation; pimples and blemishes… Any of that sound familiar? Sleep deprivation suppresses your immune system, and increases the production of cortisol, a stress hormone that is known to increase inflammation, acne, and triggers the skin’s sebaceous glands to produce more oil, leading to clogged pores and breakouts.
While you’re asleep, your body is repairing and restoring your cellular tissues, including your skin. Increased blood flow and oxygen work to rid your body of impurities and free radicals, improving your complexion and ensuring vibrant, healthy skin. A good night’s sleep means fewer wrinkles, rejuvenated tighter skin, less sagging, fewer blemishes, and less inflammation.
Your body replaces dead, unhealthy skin cells with new healthy cells throughout the night. At the same time, you build collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid—the ingredients essential for skin’s vitality and elasticity.
Beauty Sleep by MËNAJI
Getting the right amount of sleep is up to you, but making the most of that time to restore and revitalize your skin, well… that’s where we come in.
Before you go to bed, treat your skin with MËNAJI’s Anti-Aging Eraser. Harnessing the restorative power of multi-peptides, fruit stem cell cultures, jojoba seed oil, apricot kernel oil, squalene, and hyaluronic acid, MËNAJI’s Anti-Aging Eraser helps regenerate surface skin cells, erases fine lines, smooths out wrinkles by reintroducing healthy collagen, reduces redness and age spots, and revitalizes sun and weather damaged skin.
For those dark circles and puffy eyes, MËNAJI’s 911 Eye Gel is formulated with a unique combination of chamomile, aloe, eyebright, allantoin, and wheat protein to tighten and lift the skin around the eyes, hasten the growth of new, healthy tissue, moisturize and boost the natural elasticity of your skin. Use at night or first thing in the morning, regardless of how many hours sleep you plan on getting.
Rough night? Been there, done that. Give yourself an extra 15-20 minutes in the morning to detoxify, re-energize, and nourish your tired skin. MËNAJI’s Deep Cleansing Masque enriches and reinvigorates your skin with vitamins A, C, E, anti-oxidants, natural clays, and botanicals.
While there really is no substitute, MËNAJI’s full line of advanced men’s skincare products are formulated to support and amplify the benefits of a good night’s sleep on your skin.
Got any special tips for getting a good night’s sleep? Let us know! We want to hear what works for you.Beauty Sleep with MËNAJI