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While you are sleeping, your body is very busy – consolidating memories, restoring your immune and nervous systems, replenishing your muscles after a hard day’s work, digesting, and repairing and regenerating your skin.

During rest and relaxation, stress hormone levels decrease and melatonin and human growth hormone increase, counteracting damage from UV and pollution and accelerating cell regeneration. Blood flow increases, collagen production increases, and the efficacy of products increases by as much as 60%.

The flipside is that lack of sleep affects the skin’s pH levels and lowers the moisture level, causing imbalanced, dehydrated skin which is indicated by acne, redness, and a sallow complexion. Because your body is not getting enough time to regenerate any cells that have been damaged imperfections can be more noticeable.

Aside from the vital evening skincare for face and body which should include at a minimum: cleansing, toning, massage, serum application and moisturizing, there are some other things to do and use to help maximize skin benefits while you sleep.

1. Use a Skin Friendly Pillow Case

Savvy Sleepers Satin Pillow Case

High quality satin makes a great bedfellow: It is soft, cool, and hypoallergenic, meaning that it has a natural resistance to dust mites, mold, fungus, and other allergens (things cotton can not fight off so easily). Satin also has a very low absorbency, and helps to preserve the moisture balance in the skin and it won't absorb any applied night creams. I recommend having at least 3 on hand so that each night, you can sleep on a fresh one (if you flip the pillow, 1 will last for 2 nights).

2. An Eye Mask Keeps the Light Out

Joanna Czech x Savvy Sleepers Eye Mask

This ultra-smooth silk mask is designed to comfortably rest upon your face to protect delicate facial skin and helps with a more restful night's sleep.
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3. Don’t Neglect Cleavage Wrinkles 

SiO SkinPad

Over the years, gravity pulls our breasts down and collagen and elastin production decreases, resulting in cleavage wrinkles. As we age, these wrinkles become more prominent. The re-usable patch helps to keep the breasts separate and works to compress décolleté wrinkles. It is made of super thin, medical grade silicone which creates a hydrating ‘microclimate’ that brings moisture from the skin’s deeper layers to the outside layers, creating a plumped, and smooth surface, while also activating and normalizing collagen production.

4. Make the Most of Increased Product Efficacy

Renewal Sleep Serum

Ceramide AntiBody Complex works in harmony with potent tri-peptides and elasticity-boosting Proteoglycan. The powerful actives work as a reset button for skin as you sleep.