I know we don’t consider ourselves to choose to be stressed, but often times there are always ways to reduce day-to-day, regular stress from our lives. No matter how burdensome adding in a few little relaxing routines may seem, you would be jumping the gun to add them in right now if you knew just how much stress was affecting your appearance. That’s right, stress affects our beauty. And a great way to reduce stress (besides meditation and mindfulness) is to focus on the quantity and quality of the sleep we are getting each night.
Let’s get right to the point, and mention all the affects stress has on our aesthetics: stress can cause hormonal imbalance, affect the immune system, trigger acne and other skin conditions, increase hair loss, inhibit sleep, and produce excess cortisol which increases appetite (leading to weight gain), and causes dehydration and wrinkles in our skin.
Not pretty, is it.
Now consider what lack of sleep can do to our beauty as well: not enough sleep dilates the blood vessels under our eyes (causing dark circles), slows down collagen production (aging us) and increases body inflammation (lowering the immune system).
It is not surprising that these two factors—which are often linked—both have negative physical side effects. Minimize the potency of both, by using sleep as one means to reduce stress. Here are some tips to make sure you get adequate sleep each night!
1) Don’t eat a few hours before bed, so that digestion doesn’t inhibit your sleep.
2) Opt for less screen time before bed, unless it’s a consistent program (not flipping through channels or apps which make you restless) that usually helps you fall asleep, such as a podcast or meditation music.
3) Make your sleeping environment dark and cool.
4) Turn on a fan or white noise if you need background noise to quiet your mind.
5) Use lavender essential oil in a diffuser or on your pillow case for a natural sleepy effect.
6) If you share a bed, use two blankets instead of one (one for each of you) and try out an eye mask if you have different wake up times.
Remember that the recommended amount of sleep nightly for the average adult is 7-9 hours, and for a teenager it is 8.5-9.5 hours. This is a generalized amount; take into consideration individual needs.
We hope you wake up feeling rested—and glamorous!