What happens when you’re asleep?

Don’t let the bedbugs bite, they say. But as you close your eyes and drift off to the sandman those biting bugs, amongst many things, become out of your control. You dream a lot; the average person dreams three to five times every night. You recharge, to rejuvenate, grow muscle, repair tissue, and synthesize hormones.

These things we know. But what else is there to a decent night of sleep? Why does everybody keep going on and on (and on and on) about it?

Revealed: beauty rest is a thing!

Turns out it is ok to cancel your plans because you “need to get your beauty rest”. We talked to Dr. Anne Birgitte Undén, with a PhD in Dermatology, at Stockholm-based medical and esthetic clinic Complete Skin, to really understand the intersection of beauty and sleep.

How does sleeping affect our skin condition?

”Since your skin is exposed to environmental damage on the daily, it needs to recover and repair damaged skin cells. To enable their recovery, sleep is essential. When we are asleep, our blood vessels expand, and our blood flow increases. Improved blood flow boosts the collagen synthesis, which keeps the skin younger and healthier."

Does bad nights of sleep necessarily lead to bad skin?

”Studies show lack of sleep can damage the skin’s natural barrier and make the skin dry. Chronic lack of sleep can negatively affect your immune system, which can worsen skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. Thus, it is recommended to sleep 7-8 every night to maintain a stable sleeping rhythm and boost the health of your.”

Could one compensate for not sleeping enough?

”There is no easy way to make up for lack of sleep. What you could do is moisturize to avoid dry skin and help strengthening the skin’s natural barrier. You could also try products containing antioxidants and retinol – antioxidants protect your skin and retinol boosts skin cell renewal. During the summertime, sun protection with SPF 50 should be used to minimize damage from the sun.”

Dr. Anne Birgitte Undén, Complete Skin

More than a skin thing

Not only your skin can benefit from sleeping well and sufficiently. Your hair can, too. The difference is that your hair needs a helping hand. You need to sleep with your hair braided or tied with a soft fabric scrunchie, and never ever go to sleep with wet hair. That is common knowledge by now. Your hair needs its beauty sleep to recover from a day of wear and tear.

And what about night time hair products, you ask? Unfortunately, they are few. Since sleeping with wet hair, or even damp or previously dried hair, is a no-no, there are not many hair products to rely on. But guess what? We have a surprise for you. After a year of composing the perfect formula and testing lab samples over and over, we can finally bring you Löwenrip’s latest addition Styling & Texture - Overnight Hair Mask.

Overnight Hair Mask is enriched with Cystine Bis-PG-Propyl Silanetriol and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein that work together to generate the hair shafts from inside and out. It improves hair quality and highlights hair color, so that it regains its luster and shine. It repairs both healthy and damaged hair cuticles and adds volume, while providing powerful protection against external stress factors. 

Overnight Hair Mask step-by-step guide coming your way!

So. This is how you save time and become stronger, healthier and better looking: Take off the cap and spritz desired amount onto your hand of choice (left or right is irrelevant in this case). Massage the mask into your lengths and leave in just before you go to bed. When setting the alarm, remember to treat yourself with a sleep-in, the size of your usual shower routine. Et voilà! Wake up with ridiculously healthy and shiny hair. Plus, you managed to get more of that collagen-boosting, barrier-building, and repairing beauty rest. Lucky you.

Shop Overnight Hair Mask Here.

Psst! For a nighttime ultra-moisturizer, Sleeping Sensation – Hydrating Mask is the dry skin remedy.