THE SCIENCE BEHIND 'BEAUTY SLEEP'
You snooze, you lose? Not this time! Whenever you drift off into a deep slumber, your skin is winning. The term ‘beauty sleep’ isn’t a myth, and Tropic has the dreamy data to prove it!
Have you ever wondered what your skin gets up to when you go to bed? Believe it or not, sleep is one of the best things you can do to promote a healthy, clear, and more youthful-looking complexion.
To put the concept of ‘beauty sleep’ to the test, we sent our So Sleepy Pillow Mist off on a 4-week independent clinical study, and we got some (literally!) eye-opening results. During the trial, the testers (80 volunteers struggling with insomnia and other sleep disorders) used a couple of spritzes of the wild lavender, chamomile, and frankincense blend on their pillow before they went to bed at night. 70 per cent of them agreed that their overall sleep quality improved, it took them less time to fall asleep, and their rest was less disturbed. Due to that deeply peaceful snooze, testers also saw, on average, a 12.5 per cent increase in skin elasticity after just seven days of use!
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what your skin gets up to after dark, and how a simple sleep ritual can reveal bouncy, wide-awake skin by morning!
RENEW THOSE CELLS
Did you know that your skin cell regeneration is said to be faster at night than during the day? It’s true! Your skin cells do their repair work most effectively in the twilight hours… pretty cool, right? Research shows that our skin cell renewal rate almost doubles at night, peaking between 11pm and 4am. That means less partying and earlier bedtimes if you want to look your best!
It might be tempting to hit the hay with your makeup still intact after a busy evening, but if there’s one makeup rule you should ALWAYS follow, it’s to remove it before bed! Allowing your skin those 8 hours (wishful thinking?) of makeup free time can be really beneficial, helping to reduce blemishes and the signs of ageing. If you unclog those pores before bed, your skin can breathe and recharge for the next day!
As your skin is makeup free at night, and exposed to less damage from UVA/UVB light and pollution, it doesn’t need to work quite as hard to protect itself, and so it can devote more time to caring for and rebuilding itself. A skin win! Overnight is the perfect time to apply a rich cream like our Skin Dream Age-defying Firming Cream Concentrate, so your skin has the opportunity to absorb all the goodness from the active ingredients, such as the restorative plant ceramides and exotic, nourishing butters!
"Lack of sleep doesn't just make us tired," Dr. Vegan consultant nutritionist Shona Wilkinson tells us. "It can affect many areas of life, from concentration and stress to mental health and happiness. Sleep helps to encourage immune function, help us store memories, allow the brain to develop, conserve energy and restore, heal and rebuild the body’s tissues and bones, muscles and skin.”
What time does your head normally hit the pillow? You know you should get to bed earlier, but with so much TV to watch and social media to browse, who has the time?! Well, it’s time to make the time! Getting more sleep at night doesn’t just help to promote a clear and blemish free complexion, it can also improve memory, keep your heart healthy, sharpen your attention, lower stress and even increase creativity and athletic performance… there’s not much it can’t help with! While your cells repair and rebuild themselves at all stages of the night, the majority of cell regeneration occurs during deep REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, so if you want to wake up looking your most beautiful, give yourself a strict lights out rule with as few interruptions as possible!
If you struggle to snooze at night, our aforementioned So Sleepy Pillow Mist is on hand to cocoon you in a gentle cloud of calm. A bedside table staple, this blend of natural distilled oils is shown to ease tossing and turning within just seven days. That’s right, our independent clinical study also demonstrated a 33 per cent improvement in sleep quality on the London Sleep Centre scoring pattern after one week of use. Plus, the five-star reviewers on our website are just balmy about this bedtime mist, too! Try the spritz for yourself and revel in how quickly you can slip into sweet, refreshing dreams.
TRUE BEAUTY SLEEP
But how can you make sure your skin is more soft and supple than ever before? You don’t need to wake up from that dream… Tropic is here with your brand new night-time essential! Our Skin Dream Age-defying Firming Cream Concentrate is the perfect companion for a good night’s rest, and is especially designed to leave your skin looking and feeling plump, youthful and ultra-hydrated, no matter how many hours of napping you manage to fit in!