Our hot topic this week for Sleeptember is Beauty and how lack of sleep affects how we look – it’s called ‘beauty sleep’ for a reason, you know!
There is proven research that less shut eye not only creates wrinkles but makes us look older. Scientists found that those with less rest had more fine lines, uneven pigmentation, and slacker, less elastic skin.
When you’re fast asleep, the body goes into repair mode and regenerates skin, blood and brain cells, as well as muscles. However as we age, the process becomes less efficient. But the main reason sleep deprivation causes such change in the skin is because of stress.
Stress creates a hormonal response whereby the body produces extra adrenalin which has a major impact on skin function – think drier skin, lines, sagging skin.
On the back of its study, The Fine Bedding Company found Brits are clocking up less sleep than ever before and it’s taking its toll. Here are five tell-tale signs that show your skin needs sleep:
- Puffy eyes and dark circles
- Spot breakouts
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dull and lacklustre complexion
- Dry and flaky
Our own research in 2011 found that one in 10 women felt so tired it affected their appearance every single day. Shadows and bags under the eyes, washed out and pasty skin were the top complaints.
It also found that more than nine out of 10 women agreed the best tonic to looking and/or feeling better was a good night’s sleep. However while many of us crave a good night’s sleep, many of us, we don’t get it. Stress and worry, kids or discomfort in bed can all keep you awake at night.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with The Fine Bedding Company to offer one lucky person a fantastic prize for Sleeptember which includes:
- ‘Sleeping Beauty’ bedding set (a King Size duvet and two supportive pillows) worth £88. With its technologically advanced ingredients designed enhance sleep, it lightly drapes over the body, breathability – so no overheating or shivering – and it’s even machine washable
- Flint + Flint beauty sleep skincare pack (includes a rich night repair cream and brightening eye cream) worth £79
The competition closes at 10am on Wednesday 30th September. Winners will be announced on The Sleep Council’s Twitter and Facebook pages by close of play. To enter you must follow AND retweet on Twitter OR like, comment AND share on Facebook.
To enter you must be a UK resident over the age of 18.
No purchase is necessary for entry to this free prize draw.
Entry is limited to one per person and exclusively via Twitter and Facebook.
This draw is not open to employees, partners and associated agents of The Sleep Council or anyone concerned with this promotion or to members of any of our sponsors’ products. Bulk entries made from trade, consumer groups or third parties will not be accepted.
Sorry, no cash alternative will be offered and the prize is non-transferable.
The closing date is 10am on 30/09/2015. The winner will be drawn at random.
The competition winner will be notified by close of play on 30/09/2015. If the Promoter is not able to get in contact with the winner within 14 days, the prize will be forfeited and an alternative winner will be drawn. It is the winner’s responsibility to notify the Promoter of any change in contact information.
The winner may not use the prize in conjunction with any other offer, promotion or prize draw.
The prize is subject to availability and the Promoter reserves the right to change the prize to an alternative of similar value without notice if circumstances beyond their control require it to do so.
The Promoter reserves the right to reject fraudulent entries.
Proof of sending will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Responsibility cannot be accepted for entries lost, damaged or delayed due to technical problems.
The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any technical issues, system or software failures encountered during entry into the promotion.
The Sleep Council will not be liable for loss or damage whatsoever caused by matters arising from this promotion.
The winners will be asked permission for their names and county to be posted on social media.
The entry instructions form part of the Terms & Conditions. By entering, entrants agree to accept and be bound by the Terms & Conditions. Entrants must read and accept the competition Terms & Conditions to be eligible. The Promoter reserves the right to change the Terms & Conditions.
By entering the competition, you are agreeing to send your details to The Sleep Council and your details may be used by them for direct marketing purposes. Unless you have provided consent, the Promoters will not provide your details to any third parties. You may unsubscribe at any time from the Promoter’s direct marketing by contacting the relevant company by e-mail, telephone, post or by using unsubscribe links within their e-mails.
The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.