A dull complexion, dark circles and seemingly deeper lines can all develop on your skin when you’ve had less than those optimum 8 hours of sleep, no matter how religiously you stick to your skincare routines.
Your skin follows natural circadian rhythms, creating waves of activity which trigger cells to perform important processes at specific times of the day, with skin renewal being boosted during the night. The timing of these processes is vital for skin balance, health and, ultimately, achieving that elusive glow that we’re all aiming for.
However, it’s a fact of modern life that our circadian rhythms don’t always stay perfectly on track. The harsh environment, rising pollution levels, UV rays, disruptive sleep patterns and late-night screen time (yes, we’re talking about those bedside scrolling sessions) can all have an effect on your circadian rhythm, causing it to become out of sync. As a result, you’re likely to wake up with a complexion that looks tired.