These past few weeks (or maybe months), I’ve been lacking sleep. It’s either I sleep at 3 or 4 in the morning, or I don’t sleep AT ALL. And this is NOT good for my body, as well as for my skin.
I’ve been having breakouts lately – on the forehead, cheeks, jawline, and all the other possible places for pimples to appear. And I know exactly why they keep coming back.
Now, how can my skin be at full rest, if I myself do not give it the so-called “Beauty Sleep”? So, what really happens to our skin when we lack sleep?
1. Cortisol level is UP to the heavens!
Cortisol, in layman’s terms, is a stress hormone. The more sufficient sleep we have, the lower the level of cortisol. It is naturally reduced as we sleep. Now, low cortisol level allows our skin to regenerate. So, if we don’t sleep, the cortisol level goes up causing breakouts and prevents our skin to heal properly. Our skin will age faster if we don’t have enough Z’s than when we do have enough sleep.
2. Our skin gets dehydrated!
As you’ve read in #1, when we lack sleep, the stress hormone called cortisol increases. This destroys collagen – something that keeps our skin smooth and elastic. The skin becomes dehydrated causing fine lines and dark circles.
Ever noticed how much and how easily we perspire when we sleep? That’s because when we sleep, our body rebalances hydration and recovers moisture. So, if we don’t sleep, it’s like depriving our body from doing what it’s supposed to do.
3. Our skin becomes dull.
Our blood cannot flow efficiently all over the body when we do not have enough sleep. This leads to lack of oxygen in the blood. Our skin will look less radiant, more blotchy or ashy.
4. It’s going to worsen our skin’s existing problems.
If you, like me, already have pimples lodging on your face, more will appear if you sleep less. I haven’t been getting enough sleep, so newborn baby pimples appear somewhere on my face. I may have been able to treat some, but there were new ones that came out.
5. Our skin gets prone to skin diseases!
When we do not have enough sleep, our immune system weakens. We do not only get sick, but also our body develops immune-related skin diseases such as eczema.
There may be more reasons why we need proper and sufficient sleep. These five things alone should already have convinced you to stop staying up late at night. (Too addicted to K-drama? hmmh…. I don’t blame you! I’m as guilty as you are! 😀 )
If you’ve got your hands full and your work is up to your eyeballs, and you think it can’t be helped, then there’s one product I am super loving at the moment I recommend…
This is Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. Want to have skin as nice as Song Hye Kyo even if you’re puyat (wakeful)?
Claims: Overnight mask that gives the skin a lively, well-rested appearance the next morning thanks to its Sleep-tox™ purifying effect.
So last night, I added this to my night skin care routine. This routine is for the nights I don’t scrub and use masks. I washed my face, applied my pimple solution and serum, then finished it with Laneige Water Sleeping Mask.
It smells super refreshing and relaxing. I can’t lay a finger on it, but it’s really so good! It has a texture of a gel, only it’s not as thick and clumpy. It applies smoothly on the skin and does not feel sticky at all. Waking up was the best part! I’m not lying, you guys! My skin felt and looked plump and well-moisturized! Busog na busog sa moisture! OMG!
It felt like I wore a facial mask the night before. I believe it has also helped my pimple solution to work well, because it gave my skin all the good stuff it needs.
According to Laneige website, this product has SLEEP-TOX™ technology that purifies skin during sleep. It helps rejuvenate and normalize skin that is often fatigued during the day (or even at night!)
It also has MOISTURE WRAP™ that helps retain moisture throughout the night. Some of its active ingredients are Hydra Ion Mineral Water, evening primrose root extract, and Hunza apricot extract, that when absorbed by the skin, it will look and feel as if you’ve had a good 8 hours of sleep!
This mask also has skin-soothing agents that gently help the skin to recover overnight. It’s super light and non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores!).
Moreover, the reason why I feel so relaxed the more I smell it, is because it has aromatic SLEEPSCENT™. “It is specially developed for Laneige Water Sleeping Mask that is an AMOREPACIFIC original. It allows our skin to relax and rest, boosting its ability to regenerate.”
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Root Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Potassium Alginate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearyl Behenate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, HYDROXYPROPYL BISPALMITAMIDE MEA, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Alcohol, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, CI 42090
I have a small pot, which is 15ml. It only costs P160! Great deal, huh?! I knowwww! This is just the perfect size to try it out before buying the larger tub. The larger tub has 70ml and it only costs P850! Well, if you know where to buy.
Take note that other online shops sell the 70ml tub for P980 to P1,600. But Gabistar Korean Beauty & Talent, Product Magazine offers this amazing product for a much lower price! Yep! P850 only!
I think this is also perfect for the owls in call centers. Since they don’t usually get the recommended 6-8 hours of sleep, this product will help them look as if they do!
Would you try it? Just in case you want to try it, contact Gabistar on Facebook and, do me a favor, tell them you found them here on my page when placing an order. (Thanks!) Also, you can PM me on my Facebook page!
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