Hope Bastine is a psychologist who specializes in sleep and trauma with a mindful approach. She has worked on Vogue, Psychologies, The Telegraph, Balance Magazine and now The Pai Life! We asked Hope for her advice on how to get the most out of our sleep, what benefits good sleep has for the skin, and what skin care products she swears by.
Pai: How does lack of sleep affect the skin?
Hope: “ Sleep deprivation mainly affects the skin. The first way is that when you are deprived of sleep, your hormonal system also gets out of balance for a short time and the stress response is poorly regulated. When stress is high, the hormone cortisol is released in excess, which not only triggers existing skin care problems, but can also lead to irritation and sensitivity.
Sleep deprivation also affects collagen production. Collagen makes the skin beautiful and elastic. Most of it is produced during sleep. So if you get less sleep than your body needs, your face will become floppy and less plump. You will also likely notice dark, puffy circles around your eyes – this is caused by poor circulation and hydration when your body goes into survival mode and your evolutionary brain puts breathing in front of the beautiful. "
Good sleep, on the other hand, keeps the hormonal system in balance
P: What are the benefits of sleeping for the skin?
H: “Good sleep, on the other hand, keeps your hormonal system in balance, which affects skin health. It also maintains collagen hyaluronic acid production and helps make your skin look youthful, translucent and radiant. Your fluid and circulatory system is maintained even while you sleep, eliminating dark circles and swollen skin. "
P: What is the only advice you can give about happy, healthy skin?
H: "Prioritize enough and sleep well to give your skin the best possible chance of looking youthful and healthy longer."
P: What are your skin care products?
H: "The Fragonia and sea buckthorn hand cream because it contains magnesium and B vitamins – all essential for the production and metabolism of melatonin. Magnesium is also an effective muscle relaxant that relieves stress and enables sleep. It is best absorbed topically.
The BioAffinity Tonic for lotus and orange blossoms is a great way to moisturize your skin without drinking too much water before bed. It is a difficult thing to drink enough water before going to bed to drink enough fluids, but not to drink too much so that you get up a lot all night to go to the bathroom. Find creative ways to improve moisture quality in the air. "
P: What experiences have you had with sensitive skin?
H: "I have sensitive skin and react poorly to heavy soiling, products with sodium lauryl sulfate and detergent."
P: What three dietary changes can people make to improve their sleep?
- "Eat your green! Green vegetables contain a lot of magnesium, which is crucial for muscle relaxation and the production of melatonin. They also contain B vitamins and zinc, a variety of other minerals that are needed to absorb magnesium. If you lack certain vitamins and minerals, this affects your absorption capacity.
- Get good fats. Foods with a high fat content such as salmon, mackerel, nuts and avocado are very versatile. Not only are they important for healthy skin, they also contain a lot of serotonin and tryptophan, which are necessary for the production of the sleep hormone melatonin.
- Prioritize protein. The protein tryptophan contained in pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, tofu and fish is a must for melatonin production. "
P: Favorite mantra or quote?
H: "You may be both a masterpiece and a work in progress" by Sophia Bush.
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