Tips by Gerard’s for a regenerating beauty sleep

“Sleep is a whimsical deity and just when you summon it, it keeps you waiting”.

How often have you dreamed of (pun intended) falling asleep immediately once you hit the bed? Especially when you are under stress. You long for a sensation of instant and magical sleepiness, just like a baby, surrounded by warm, soft, and clean-scented blankets. A wonderful timeless memory.

In this article we are going to help you recreate that kind of magic thanks to Gerard’s products. It’s a promise!

What happens when you sleep?

When it comes to day-night balance, sleep could be the closest thing to a source of youth that is completely free and accessible to anyone. A good night’s sleep – eight hours are recommended – is fundamental to promote good health, including your skin’s health.

Skin works hard throughout the day to protect you against external stressors. At night, it switches from defence mode to a moment of intense cell regeneration. After a long day, sometimes, the best feeling in the world is putting your head on a soft pillow and falling asleep. Whilst you are dreaming, your body is working to get ready for a new day of meetings, work and transfers. What does “cellular repairing process’ mean? And what does it have to do with slumber and skin’s health?

Cellular regeneration

The production of new cells begins in the skin’s innermost layer, the basal layer, and moves towards the skin’s outermost layer, the dermis. Old cells in the dermis are discarded and substituted by new cells.

While cellular exchange occurs during the day, skin cells tend to regenerate more quickly at night (the process peaks between 11 PM to 4 AM).

Cellular regeneration occurs whether you are asleep or not; however, lack of sleep affects the skin during the process as it hinders optimal cellular respiration. Even melatonin produced during sleep and skin aging are linked. Melatonin, the sleep hormone, increases the more tired you get, and during the day, high levels of this hormone in the body counter skin damages caused by external stressors, such as UV rays and pollution.

Collagen VS Cortisol 

Not only the amount, but also the quality of your sleep has a great impact on the way in which your skin is affected. A restless 8-hour long sleep will not provide the same benefits of 8 hours of uninterrupted shut-eye, during which you enter a state of deep sleep and your body and brain waves slow down.

During deep sleep, your body produces the growth hormone, fundamental to promote growth, reproduction and cellular regeneration.

It promotes the synthesis of collagen, therefore, if you don’t get enough good quality sleep, the production of collagen is hindered, preventing the “beauty sleep” effect.

Sleep deprivation, on the other hand, increases cortisol levels, the stress hormone. Excess cortisol leads to the production of unbalanced levels of sebum and may trigger inflammation, which, in turn, may lead to itching, redness and chronic conditions, such as dermatitis (eczema) and psoriasis. If you are already suffering from a skin condition, lack of sleep will only make it worse. Sleep deprivation is also linked to fairer skin tone and saggy mouth corners. Hydration is the key to healthy skin function, and hydration levels are influenced by the amount of sleep you get.

Goodnight girls!

Gerard’s has created two hero products to give your gorgeous skin.

Sleepy Mood is a night face mask with Ultra-Regenerating properties. This special night balm deletes signs of tiredness, and, in the morning, you will wake up to radiant glowy skin thanks to the nourishing effects of Maracuja oil, Shea butter, extract of Centella Asiatica and relaxing essential oils. Apply the mask onto clean and dry skin avoiding the eye area. Massage and leave on all night.

At the same time: Caviar chrono-cosmetic night face cream is ideal to support the repairing and regenerating processes that the epidermis activates at night. Thanks to its innovative formula with a gradual release, two powerful bio-active ingredients – Caviar extract and Hyaluronic Acid – work on various layers providing firmness and radiance. Apply every evening, onto the whole face, with a generous amount onto lips, neck and décolleté.

Complete the beauty ritual with Caviar chrono-cosmetic day face cream.

Lullaby by Gerard’s

Does the idea of letting Morpheus rock you to sleep at the end of the day sounds like a mirage? If you said yes, just know that every Gerard’s salon gives their clients some sweet help. Lullaby Fragrance is the soothing spray you were waiting for. A concentrate of serenity to spray on your pillow to soothe the mind and improve the quality of night’s sleep. 

Moreover, after years of research, Gerard’s has also created the most innovative synergetic combination in the nutraceutical field: Night-Active Drink. Don’t miss out! This ground-breaking dietary supplement, containing sweetener, hydrolysed Collagen and vegetal extracts, promotes wellness and skin’s beauty during sleep. Take one stick pack a day, preferably in the evening. Griffonia helps to regulate mood, promoting physiological relaxation and mental wellness, thus improving the quality of sleep. Enriched by powerful natural antioxidants and tyndallized probiotics, it will soon become a night ritual to keep your skin beautiful and healthy. To enhance the effectiveness of the treatment, it is recommended that you combine it with Day-Active Drink for at least one month. Goodnight Gorgeous!

A sweet reminder

Remember to follow these steps for a good night’s sleep:

·  go to bed and wake up at set times
·  do not go to sleep straight after meals and avoid exercising prior to going to bed
·  avoid stimulants (such as coffee or tea) before going to bed
·  Calcium and magnesium help to relax and soothe the mind, whereas Vitamin B promotes sleep
·  NO TV, NO smartphone, YES to reading 
·  switch off the heating an hour before bed so that your bedroom won’t be either too hot or too cold
·  close the curtains if street lamps or other lights are present
·  conscious relaxation or meditation before sleep soothe the mind and help to induce sleep

Gerard’s philosophy 

Gerard’s philosophy has always been based on the fusion between mental and physical wellness. Our wellness concept is no longer linked to aesthetics but covers an inner dimension to reach body-mind balance. For this reason, our beauty consultants are always happy to give you a warm welcome in one of our spas.

Just get in touch with your trusted beauty consultant and check out our online store to buy our products at https://shop.gerards.com/