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sleepThere are a number of fundamental things that the body needs in order to remain healthy. Good nutrition from a balanced diet is essential to give your body the building blocks for growth and a strong immune system, whilst exercise is vital to ensure the health of your heart and lungs, as well as fighting fat build up which can put a strain on your internal organs.

What is just as important as nutrition and a balanced diet, and maybe even more so, is sleep. The human body uses the time of rest to rebuild itself, and give your heart and blood vessels time to repair, reducing the risks of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.

Sleep is also important for the brain. Think of the human brain like a computer; it only has so much processing power and if you overload it for long periods of time, it will crash. Sleep allows the brain time to process the events of waking life, and also triggers the release of certain hormones which are essential to healthy growth and development, especially in children and teenagers.

From a beauty point of view, there are a number of reasons why good sleep is important. Eye bags are exponentially worse after little sleep because the area is comprised of fatty tissue which fills with fluid when fatigued. On days when sleeplessness is unavoidable, a product like Decleor 2-In-1 Dark Circle and Eye Wrinkle Eraser can be a real lifesaver.

A lack of sleep can also cause a sallow, lacklustre appearance to skin, especially when your sleep is interrupted over a long period of time, such as after having a baby. A product like Decleor Extreme Brightening Essence is a 30 day treatment intended to intensively brighten the skin as well as balancing the complexion and reducing the appearance of hyper-pigmentation.

There are ways that you can improve the quality of your sleep, too. Clean, crisp sheets are always nicer to slip into than a hastily made bed and a silk pillow case can reduce the risk of waking up with deeply embedded lines on your face, which can sometimes take until lunchtime to smooth out. Dermalogica Extra Firming Booster is a powerful product which will diminish the appearance of fine, dry lines and is particularly good for mature skin.

Lack of sleep is also proven to adversely affect the mood, adding to the formation of frown lines and wrinkles. Everyone feels better after a good nights’ sleep and rolling out of bed feeling refreshed is bound to have a knock-on effect for your positivity and mental wellness.

A good night cream will give your body a helping hand with regeneration and cell communication, so using a product like Decleor Sublime Re-Densifying Night Cream is a must. Enriched with Iris, Frankincense, Immortelle and Camomile essential oils, this product with nourish and protect the skin while you sleep.

So, mist your pillow with lavender oil and snuggle down for a good night’s sleep – your face deserves it!