Because the skin is the largest organ of the human body, sleep is vital for healthy skin. Without regular, quality sleep, skin can become dehydrated, blemish prone, less elastic and uneven in tone and texture.

During the recommended eight hours of sleep our bodies go through three distinct stages that contribute the nightly restoration of our skin.

In the first stage the pituitary gland produces somatotropin, the human growth hormone. Inadequate somatotropin levels advance the aging process.

During the next stage, production of the hormone melatonin increases. Beyond promoting sleep, melatonin is an antioxidant that helps protect the skin from damaging free radicals.

During the final stage, known as REM sleep, cortisol levels begin to decrease. This is important because increased cortisol levels trigger inflammation and break down proteins, making skin dull, more prone to acne and more sensitive to allergic reactions. During REM skin temperature also decreases, allowing our muscles to relax and collagen production to increase. 

Throughout all three stages blood flow increases aiding in skin rejuvenation, pH levels are balanced and perspire, both which allow for healthy skin hydration.

To promote quality sleep we recommend the following:

Before bed, wash your face with PURIFY face wash to remove oils, dirt and all makeup before bedtime. Cosmetics may keep your skin from breathing while you sleep.

Treat skin to a massage with LINNÉ serums, oils and balms. This will calm the body and prepare it for rest and repair.

Swipe temples, inner wrists, and neck with REST functional fragrance. 

Put electronics out of reach. Pour yourself a glass of water to leave by your bed. The LINNÉ SKIN TEA is caffeine-free, and with calming chamomile and lavender, can be enjoyed before bedtime. 

If you snore, have acid reflux or post nasal drip, elevate your head with an extra pillow. This can also encourage sleeping on your back (which is apparently better for preventing wrinkles but don’t make yourself miserable if your a happy side sleeper). You can try a silk pillowcase if you like.

Try to get 7- 9 hours (easier said than done, I was up all night with a teething baby!)

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