The Secret To Real Beauty Sleep Is In Your Eyes
The secret to real beauty sleep – as it turns out – isn’t a myth. Instead, it’s science.
Especially in this day and age, where people battle to get the sleep they need, the first area where signs of an unhealthy lifestyle pop up is our skin. Studies show that when skin doesn’t have the chance to regenerate at night, the consequences can include fine lines, dullness or puffiness and dark circles under the eyes.
The key in achieving healthy overnight skin and a fresh glow in the morning is firstly understanding how our skin renews itself at night, and what happens to your skin whilst you’re asleep. After this, it’s about finding the right skincare treatments for your skin and working towards achieving its most natural, dewy glow yet.
Sleep and your skin
Sleep encourages good circulation and natural cellular turnover within your skin. During the day, your skin works to fight off any environmental damage, such as pollution and UV rays. At night, on the other hand, your skin goes into recovery mode and regenerates new skin cells. During this time, two main hormones are released: HGH and collagen. While HGH works to restore and repair your skin cells, the purpose of collagen – which is also stimulated by HGH – is to produce firm and youthful looking skin.
In addition to practicing healthy lifestyle habits such as regular exercise and proper nutrition, drinking enough water and taking good quality supplements, you can greatly enhance this by practicing good skincare. An important part of this is adopting healthy bedtime rituals. These include:
- Getting back into your natural circadian rhythms
- Correct removal of your makeup before bed
- Avoiding blue light from your phone or laptop before bed (if you need to use your devices late at night, activate the night shift mode after sunset. This makes use of a yellow filter and limits your exposure to blue light emissions)
A Beautiful Twist on the Iconic Ceramide Capsules: now for Eyes
Elizabeth Arden’s new formulation of Ceramide Capsules are a beautiful twist on their iconic Ceramide Capsule. As you may know lipid molecules that are found at a high concentration in your cell membrane – called ceramides – are responsible for holding your skin firmly together. Ceramides form a protective layer that helps your skin maintain its moisture. Sadly, your skin’s ceramide levels decline rapidly with age, leading to a loss in firmness and the unwanted appearance of wrinkles.
Given that the skin around your eyes is far thinner than on other areas of your body, it is far more vulnerable and thus far quicker to show signs of aging.
Bye-Bye Puffy Eyes And Dark Circles
Thankfully, the eye area can easily and effectively be treated during slumber. A great product to include in your evening ritual is Elizabeth Arden’s Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Eye Serum. This advanced eye serum helps preserve and strengthen the area around your eyes.
Using the serum:
Once you have finished removing your makeup and cleansing your skin, use your ring fingers to apply the serum under your eyes and on the top of your cheeks. Pat it in gently, and avoid tugging at the skin.
Leveraging more than 25 years of research, this serum contains 9 powerful new ingredients that work to not only replenish essential, naturally-occurring lipids, but also help to support the skin’s natural skin turnover process, whilst targeting the key signs of aging for fresh, invigorated look. Click here to find out more about their Ceramide collection.
How does the skin benefit?
- Support for the skin’s own natural collagen for a firmer look
- A strengthened natural moisture barrier for the skin
- Increased moisturization within the surface of the skin
- Minimized appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Improved texture resulting in smoother, softer, younger-looking skin
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The reason why the eyes show the first signs of aging is because the epidermis around the periorbital area is just 0,04mm thick, compared with 1mm on the rest of the face. It is, in fact, structurally 10 times thinner. This area goes through a lot of wear and tear from rubbing, smiling and squinting. Click here to find out more about the ageing process of the eyes.