I am so glad that spring is here. In addition to what was the worst winter ever to my face, I had way too much stress which caused me to wake up several times during the night in what my besties got to known as my personal AMERICAN . HORROR . STORY. And dolls, I was certainly not looking like The Countess as only Lady Gaga can pull that off.
When I do not have enough sleep my skin feels the consequences deeply, more so than anyone I know. I became the queen of puffy under eyes, I felt like even the best concealers could not help me. I had what I called stress pimples and many blemishes that were never there before. And the cherry on the top was some very unpleasant dry patch areas that no foundation would masque.
I kept trying creams, serums, miracle potions, in the hopes that I would wake up in the morning fresh as a cucumber. But yet again I was exhausted and even more so of hearing the “oh you look so tired” crapy comments while I was still on the oh-no-I-slept-through-my-alarm state of panic kinda mode. I am quite bitter before having my big cup of coffee during the early morning hours in any given day, let alone after hearing what to me sounded as a constant reminder of the mean girls’ comments from my high school years.
Little did I know that my biggest and worst enemy were not the mean girls but my lack of sleep. At this point I was sleeping 5 to 6 hours a night during the week, sometimes even less as my brain needs some time to shut down my thoughts even when I am already in bed.
So I decided to try something new and quite scary to me: to sleep between 8 to 9 hours a day.
My before going to bed beauty routine consists of: removing my make-up completely, using a toning lotion, a balancing lotion, a facial oil and at last a night cream or a serum.
I made a habit of reading a good book (currently, Romeo and Juliet) instead of scrolling trough my iPhone before going to bed.
I set a very calming music on the background and as my final step I use a silk mask on my eyes to block all the lights from the bedroom and from outside. If you don’t have this Holistic Silk Lavender Eye mask, go on and get it. It was one of the best investments I have made some years ago after watching Lisa Eldridge. It is her favourite. I also use their Anti Ageing Silk Pillow Case to avoid wrinkles. Yes, that makes a difference!
All these smalls changes make the end of my day very calming, relaxing and somewhat a meditative and holy routine.
At the beginning it was hard but now I am able to sleep throughout the night. I feel way less exhausted, I have lots of energy when I wake up therefore I am way more productive during my day and overall my skin is much better. The dark circles are vanishing little by little, my skin looks and feels to the touch more hydrated, and the most important part for me, the unknown pimples have disappeared.
Lack of quality sleeping time combined with Stress:
Deprives your brain, body, and skin of nourishment;
The skin becomes imbalanced, which leads to a dehydrated complexion, redness, and breakouts;
You will most certainly develop dark circles and get under-eye bags.
The Result: your skin will feel the most and won’t be afraid to show it.
My conclusion is that deep stress and the wear and tear of the environment you are used to has a much greater toll on your skin that you never imagined specially if you are constantly in a sleeping deprivation mode.
Now that my skin is feeling refreshed and that not only I understand but clearly see the importance of my sleeping beauty time, I can welcome with open arms this season.
Spring, your beautiful, I am happy you just arrived.