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Why your skin needs 8 hours of beauty sleep too

Updated: Nov 1, 2019

We all crave that perfect 8 hours a night sleep, right? Your skin craves it too.  Sleep can't magically erase wrinkles but it can slow down your skin's ageing process.  Your skin will be less prone to break outs too. During the night your skin is repairing itself, blood flow is increased, toxins are removed and with the right products, your skin will feel plump, soft and refreshed in the morning. 

The concept of beauty sleep isn't a myth. Science tells us that good sleep is essential for repairing, regenerating and restructuring the skin. "It's the foundation on which to build and maintain health, well-being and the best long-term way of guarding against stress and age-related diseases," advises co-founder of Cult Beauty, Alexia Inge.

The minimum sleep time recommended for adults is seven hours, but only 32 percent of adults achieve this or over eight hours sleep a night (the optimum sleeping time). The correlation between  good skin and sleep is ever-growing, and has driven many brands to develop products that work best when you are sleeping or are enhanced by a good night's sleep. It is proven that the cell rejuvenation process takes place when your body is resting, suggesting that your skin's luminosity is better post-rest. Here's why getting more shut eye could be the secret tip to your best skin yet.

“During the day when it's light, our skin’s main job is to keep hydrated and protected,” explains Colette Haydon, founder and formulator of Lixirskin. At night when its dark and we’re sleeping, the skin is genetically programmed to switch into recovery mode; proving beauty sleep to be far more than a marketing tag.

How many many hours of sleep do you get !?

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