Our Senior Brand Manager Rachael, speaks with Australia’s no.1 Sleep Expert Olivia, to understand the importance of sleep and how you can go about getting your best beauty sleep yet. Because not only can it have an effect on your skin, but your overall heath.
Rachael: Why is a sleep routine important?
R: Do you have a skincare routine before you sleep?
R: Is beauty sleep a real thing?
A study found good sleepers have a 30% higher skin recovery rate after UV exposure, compared to poor sleepers - likely due to the effects of growth hormone mentioned above.
Evidence also shows lack of sleep produces a 20% increase in inflammation, which can show up as red, blotchy and irritated skin.
R: What are your 3 mandatories to unwind before sleep?
R: What do you know about the benefits of ‘unplugging’ from devices before sleep?
So - by unplugging a minimum of one hour before bed, we mitigate these threats to our sleep.
R: How should we expect to feel like after a good night’s sleep?
R: How many hours do you REALLY need for a beneficially good sleep?
R: Is it true that the hours of sleep before midnight are super important?
And recall - growth hormone - the catalyst for collagen (and all-over cellular repair), is produced in slow wave sleep, so if we get to bed too late, we may not spend as much time in this sleep stage, exacerbating fatigue.
So for this reason, it’s ideal to get in bed well before midnight, yes.
However, we should also go to bed when it most closely aligns with our chronotype – ‘Lions’ 10pm, ‘Bears’ 1030pm and ‘Wolves’ 11pm.
R: Do things like silk night masks and pillowcases help sleep?
I have not seen any clinical data to support the use of a nightmask - however I can say I love my sleeping mask!