Why Sleep and Facial Oils work Hand in Hand

Botanical face serums and sleep are BFF. Many people wonder why do I need to apply my serum at night before bedtime? First lets understand the science of sleep.

Why Sleep is Beneficial?

Sleep is something we all need, and unfortunately, a poor sleep routine can not only have an impact on your health and energy levels, but it can also take a real toll on your skin too. The result is skin that won’t respond to your products no matter how you may apply it.

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I recently have taken my first biology lab class to get into Nursing School and we recently learned about the body’s sleep process. When you sleep, your body repairs and renews itself. That process goes on at the cellular level in your skin. Missing sleep for one might isn't a big deal, but chronic sleep deprivation is bad for your health, and can increase your risk of disease. The nervous system has two states that are in balance. The sympathetic system, which is more in control while we're awake, keeps the blood flow near the core of the body. While we sleep, the parasympathetic nervous system runs the show and blood flow shifts to the skin. Additionally, your skin isn't under attack from the sun and the elements at night. This relaxed parasympathetic state allows greater circulation and oxygen flow to the skin, or peripheral vasodilation in medical terms. This is when the skin gets a lot of internal attention and repair mechanisms go into action. Hence the term “Beauty Sleep” comes into play. One study found that sleep deprivation disrupted women's skin barrier function (how the stratum corneum prevents water loss and blocks the entry to foreign substances), and this could trigger or exacerbate inflammatory disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, and atopic dermatitis.

When your blood flow is closer to your dermis and epidermis your blood will carry oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells, as well as carry away free radicals and toxins.

Why apply a Botanical Facial Oil before sleep?

Sleep is the best time to apply a botanical facial serum that works at a cellular level. The antioxidants and nutrients in your serum will sink into pores that have been cleared from any waste products, allowing your serum to truly get to work. If you have sensitive or breakout-prone skin, you know how important avoiding cheap occlusive agents (like mineral oil and petroleum) can Because botanical serums has active ingredients (vitamins and beneficial minerals) get past the outer layer of your skin and deliver their greatness deep down.

Immediately after using a face oil, your skin's oil production should balance,. Skin that is oily produce less oil because it's getting signals that its balanced and dry skin should feel immediate relief.

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Our No. 42 Blue Tansy and No. 29 Prickly Pear are great facial oils to use a night that will balance and hydrate your skin. Blue Tansy has strong antioxidant properties and is highly anti-inflammatory, so it works the same way that most chamomiles work in the body. It relaxes the nervous system, and it is very aromatic. Prickly Pear seed oil reduces the appearance of fine lines, helps prevent premature wrinkle formation, brightens dark under-eye circles, calms redness, helps relieve sunburn, and brightens and evens complexion. The vitamin E found in prickly pear seed oil is the highest of any plant oil and is also very high in linoleic acid ),which is proven to lighten sun-induced hyper-pigmentation, protect the skin barrier, lower water loss, and increase moisture.

I invite you to try one of these oils as you night oil treatment and discover the results of a botanical facial oil and sleep can improve the appearance and health of your skin.