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Most of us have difficulty sleeping at one time or another. Perhaps not surprisingly, 80% of our customers reported a negative impact on their sleep over the past year, in a recent survey*. Is getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep every night as important as we’re led to believe though? The short answer is yes. Getting a good night’s sleep helps to keep your brain and body functioning at their best, it’s not just the quantity of your sleep, the quality can impact your skin health too.
The impact of sleep on your skin
Your skin is at its most industrious overnight. While you’re asleep and dreaming of glowing complexions, your cells are doing their utmost to deliver them, regenerating and helping to work against daily UV damage to reduce the appearance of fine lines and age spots. Disrupting your sleep can therefore disrupt your skin’s repair mode, affecting its ability to recover after exposure to UV rays.
When it comes to sleep, quantity and quality both matter. Deep sleep encourages your body to produce growth hormones and collagen, which is linked to your skin’s plump and firm appearance. No sleep or a restless night can mean less radiant results. If you want to know more, discover how sleep affects your skin for more insights.
The product that can help
We reached out to three Kiehl’s fans who, thanks to their lifestyles, have experienced difficulty sleeping and turned to our evening facial oil, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, to see what it could do for them. Here’s what they had to say…
Nisha is a first-time Mum from London. Here she shares her experience with Midnight Recovery Concentrate.
“Being a first-time mum, I anticipated there would be sleepless nights, but what I didn’t realise was the effect this would have on my skin. With a baby who was feeding every two hours during the night, my skin was feeling tired, dull looking and need of some serious TLC. I started using MRC as I wanted just one product that answered all my needs. The lavender scent helps me drift off quickly and means I wake up with soft, smooth skin even at 2am!”
Emma is an NHS doctor and regularly works shifts. She uses her skincare routine as a way to wind down before bed.
“The past year and long, unpredictable work shifts have taken a real toll on my sleeping pattern. I really try to maintain a night-time wind down routine- whenever that may be! Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a long-standing favourite and always ensures I look like I have had a lot more sleep than I am currently managing, plus the Lavender aroma always signals that it is time for sleep!”
Although we can’t help with unwanted early mornings or late nights, our expert Kiehl’s chemists investigated the impact of sleep deprivation on skin and found nightly use of our Midnight Recovery Concentrate facial oil can help visibly correct the appearance of skin damage caused by 30 days of poor sleep.2 Thanks to its botanical-packed formula, in a test, Midnight Recovery Concentrate was proven to help boost radiance by up to 13%, texture by up to 27% and reduce fine lines by up to 14%**. Apply 2-3 drops to cleansed skin, alone or before your moisturiser, as part of your daily night-time beauty routine and wake to find your skin looks refreshed – even if you don’t feel it.
* Survey of 264 participants from www.kiehls.co.uk email database, conducted January 2021.
** Results based on expert grading in a four-week study on 52 sleep deprived panellists.