You’re all probably familiar with the hallmarks of a bad night’s sleep – you wake up feeling groggy, disorientated and confused. You stumble towards the bathroom and yes, there’s the physical evidence – tired, puffy and dark eyes!
Your immediate reaction might be to reach for your concealer, quickly followed by a strong cup of coffee, but sometimes this just isn’t enough. That’s why today I’m here to uncover the truth about ‘beauty sleep’, what it can do for your dry skin and how you can get rid of those baggy eyes!
Is beauty sleep real?
The answer to this question is easy: absolutely! Every single part of your body relies on you getting an adequate amount sleep each night and your skin is definitely no exception. Sleep is usually a time when your body gets to recuperation and does some serious maintenance work. For example, did you know that you’re asleep your brain is able to detoxify your body 10 times faster than when you’re awake?
This detox is badly needed to help remove impurities and excess fluid. Your microcirculation even receives a noticeable boost to ensure your skin is getting a healthy flow of oxygen and nutrients. Your body also uses this time to produce more collagen, an important structural protein that is essential for healthy skin.
When sleep deprivation enters the picture, though, things can quickly go wrong. If you’re not getting enough shut-eye, your production of collagen will be inhibited resulting in weaker skin that’s more prone to sensitivity and irritation. All of those nasty impurities won’t be getting removed from your body as efficiently and that excess fluid can gather in the tissues under your eyes, causing those tell-tale bags to appear.
This is far from your only problem though. If you’re not getting enough sleep, it can affect your hormonal balance, stimulating the release of cortisol, an inflammatory stress hormone. Your body may even perceive that you are in a fight-or-flight scenario and your blood vessels will dilate so that nutrients and oxygenated blood can be redirected more efficiently from your skin to your heart and lungs, as these organs are more important when it comes to your immediate survival.
Your skin won’t be getting the nutrients that it needs to repair itself and, since the skin under yours eyes is so delicate, those dilated blood vessels while appear as dark circles.
How to get rid of those dark circles!
I know I’ve certainly had my share of late nights and early starts and I’ve always noticed that my skin feels more irritable after a few days, more prone to flaking and sensitivity so there’s definitely something to be said for getting your recommended 8 hours a night. Those dark eyes can be a problem, though, especially as the skin surrounding your eyes is naturally thin and delicate.
Choose your concealer carefully!
When it comes to dry skin, the make-up you choose is extremely important as the wrong brand can leave your skin feeling tight, irritated or even cause a flare-up! That’s why I’d always recommend a natural brand that keeps harsh chemicals and parabens far, far away from their products!
PHB Ethical Beauty are, as their name may suggest, a pioneering, ethical beauty company that specialise in handcrafted skincare and beauty products. New to Jan de Vries, PHB impressed us with their passion for plant-powered and compassion products that aim to ‘improve your skin, your health and your wellbeing’ - you won’t find any phthalates or abrasive toxins here!
Their Cream Concealer Stick is ideal for dry skin, which often copes better with cream make-up compared to pressed or loose powder, which can exaggerate dry skin. Powders are often used to soak up sebum oil, which is great for oily skin but not so good for dry skin since your skin is probably already lacking in this bodily substance!
Best of all though, is PHB’s unique approach to dark circles. While most concealers focus on simply ‘covering up’ the problem, PHB’s Cream Concealer is specifically designed to help treat the underlying causes of dark circles. It utilises ultra-nourishing ingredients like Coconut oil, which is incredibly rich in fatty acids, and Jojoba oil, which contains plenty of antioxidant vitamin E. This helps your dry skin to retain moisture whist supplying your skin with the nutrients it needs to repair and rejuvenate.
Effective and ethical, they definitely get our seal of approval here at Jan de Vries!