Thursday, 25 January 2018
Learn to Fall in Love with Your Skin
It's 5.30am I am running on 4 hours sleep, my body contains 85% coffee and I haven't had a pyjama day since I was 5! (Or at least it feels that way). I crawl out of bed, take a look in the mirror and struggle to recognise the person staring back at me. We somehow expect our skin to stay loyal and keep us looking fresh whilst we spiral into our mad world of deadlines, late nights and messy diets. All while forgetting that skin needs to be loved and nurtured for a healthy glow in return.If you want your skin to be good to you, you must be good to it. Like all relationships, it's a two way street that relies on compromise. That morning I was not loving my skin, in fact my skin and I were taking a break whilst I figured out a solution.So like all good problem solvers I decided to make a list. Let's take a look at all the things that contribute to poor skincareLack of sleepThe average amount of sleep needed for most people is between 6-8 hours. As a full time working mum to an 8 year old, 8 hours is a distant fairytale. However, if I can manage to squeeze in 6 hours, I'm normally able to function. Everybody requires a different amount of sleep and studies have shown that men require a little less shuteye than females. A statistic I like to remind my married female friends of “ just to give them a perfect excuse for a couple of hours in bed alone!Whilst a couple of late nights burning the candle at both ends won't leave you looking like Morticia Addams (or Uncle Fester!) but long term lack of sleep can have some serious side effects on your skin. Healthy sleeping habits are something I talk to my patients about regularly. Here are my top 5 tips for a restful night.
- Keep it dark. Light, including blue light from TV screens, tablets and mobile phones stimulate the brain to stay awake and remain overactive. Turn off all electronic devices at least an hour before bed. You've read this advice before but now it's time to try it. I'm living proof this technique works.
- Stay cool. I sleep with my window open, but I realise this isn't for everyone. However it's important to regulate your body temperature at night. Cranking the heating up will leave you hot, sticky and with a very large gas bill. Wear light cotton clothing and sleep with a face mist by your bed.
- Eat light. Digesting a big meal before bedtime is never a good idea. It can leave you with indigestion, discomfort and not to mention meat sweats. Try eating no later than 6pm; if this isn't possible keep it small and healthy.
- Take magnesium. Magnesium helps to regulate natural serotonin levels in the body. Serotonin is the hormone that keeps us asleepsee where I'm going with this one? I recommend Night Formula Advanced Nutritional Complex by nutritional guru Miguel Mateus for all my troubled sleepers.
- Write it down. This is one for fellow over thinkers. Half of my sleep problems revolve around my restless mind. Sleeping with a notepad and pen by your bedside is the cheapest therapy you will ever use! Scribble down your midnight thoughts or anxieties and deal with them tomorrow (you'll be surprised at your midnight scribbles the following morning, some of them probably won't make much sense)!