A good night’s sleep is described as getting your beauty sleep for good reason.

According to Dr Catherine Hood, on behalf of Dragonfly CBD, sleep is essential to skin and beauty wellness, but why? And how can you get the best quality sleep possible?

  • Why our beauty regimes need good snooze time: Research shows that even one bad night can affect your face and skin. Facial communication is important in everyday life so signs of sleep deprivation can have important impacts on work and social life. In a study, the raters of photographs said they would be less inclined to interact with sleep deprived individuals.
  • Sleep, time and skin love: Sleep is a time when your skin – particularly the epidermis – repairs itself. During sleep, the blood flow to the skin increases, repairing damage from sun and pollution exposure and rebuilds collagen. Collagen helps to prevent sagging. Sleep also delivers replenishing fluid to all areas of the body that need it, including the eyes and lips, while removing excess fluid from other areas, such as under the eyes. Reduced sleep can create bags under the eyes (unwanted fluid that has not been removed during sleep). Without the opportunity that seven to eight hours of sleep gives, your skin ages faster and doesn’t recover so well from the environmental pollutants of the day. Poor sleep also leads to stress and vice versa. Stress leads to increased production of the stress hormone, cortisol, which can also impact the skin’s quality through increasing inflammation and destabilising the immune system. So, be sure to try to get a good night’s sleep, stick to your daily skin care routine, eat a healthy diet, keep well hydrated and get plenty of exercise, outdoors if you can.
  • Busting inner skin troubles: Evidence of benefit in sleep is related to CBD having a calming effect in the central nervous system. A double-blind placebo-controlled trial in 70 healthy people found that CBD reduced the time to fall asleep and improved sleep efficiency. In a clinical trial involving 72 adult patients, CBD oil improved anxiety scores and sleep scores within the first month.