Beauty sleep: an age old adage but one that is steeped in science.
Research shows that even a couple of bad nights is enough to make a person look significantly less attractive with people rated as less healthy and approachable when they had tired faces.
The study from the Royal Society of Open Science stated that: “A sleep-deprived, tired-looking face, with dark circles under the eyes and swollen eyelids, is perceived as less attractive and less healthy. Since humans have a tendency to ascribe positive qualities to people considered attractive, especially interpersonal qualities such as sociability and interpersonal competence, you may even be suggesting that you are less interested in being around the tired-looking person.
“Furthermore, in this case, you might be making the right decision; sleep-deprived individuals report being less optimistic and sociable, they are worse at understanding and expressing emotions, less empathetic and more prone to accidents.”
Skin repairs itself during the night, making new collagen while an increase in blood flow while you slumber is the reason you (should) wake with a healthy glow. It’s for this reason that sleep deprivation can leave your complexion looking drab and lifeless.
With busy modern lives on average we sleep a whole two hours less each night compared to the 1960s and as a result skin fatigue is becoming more and more common.
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While the quality and quantity of our sleep may often be beyond our control thankfully there are a plethora of beauty products to help you cheat a fresh face and the illusion of a full eight hours.
And even if you are lucky enough to regularly get a good night’s sleep it is worth remembering that skin is best able to perform its repairing and regenerating functions at night – without having to fight aggressors such as UV rays, pollution and stress.
During this peaceful time, our skin is able to better absorb and metabolise precious active ingredients from our skincare for maximum impact – so don’t scrimp on your evening skincare routine.
TSE’s Top Picks:
L’Occitane Immortelle Reset, £49
Three potent ingredients are suspended in an innovative dual textured serum, working together to deliver one visible reset result result.
Immortellle Essential Oil: L’Occitane’s iconic and powerful anti-oxidant, Immortelle plant extracts have the power to boost collagen production and double the rate of micro-circulation in the skin, aiding in cell renewal and skin firmness.
Acmella Oleacera Extract: Known by some as the ‘natural alternative to Botox’, when applied topically this plant extract relaxes muscle tension under the skin and by doing so, eases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for skin that looks rested.
Marjoram Extract: This powerful active ingredient works on the basis of Epigenetics: it has the ability to restart gene expression functions that have become dormant and less effective due to natural ageing and external aggressors such as UV, pollution and stress.
Elemis Peptide Night Recovery Cream-Oil, £49
The Elemis Peptide 24/7 range is inspired by the body’s miraculous inner clock. Skin follows circadian rhythms, creating waves of activity which trigger cells to perform important processes at specific times of the day. Designed using advanced molecular biology, Elemis has unlocked the secret of the skin’s synchronised internal clock. Peptides are biologically occurring chains of amino acids, derived from yeast extracts. Elemis’ Peptide is a tetra-peptide, made up of four amino acids, and helps to support the skin’s processes, for a revitalised and replenished appearance. Bottom line, it helps you achieve that rested look 24/7.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, £55
Proven to maximise the power of skin’s natural night-time renewal, Advanced Night Repair utilises an exclusive ChronoluxCBTM technology. From this, lines and wrinkles look significantly reduced. More than 75% of women felt their skin looked more youthful and felt smoother, hydrated, and stronger.