Dr Maryam Zamani as featured in The Telegraph
Can you beat tiredness with beauty products?
“While we sleep, our bodies replenish and restore by stimulating cell and tissue repair,” explains cosmetic doctor, Dr Maryam Zamani, “Sleep allows us to remove toxins, affects the moisture levels in skin, balances pH of the skin, regenerates the skin and cells. So a lack of sleep can therefore lead to lacklustre skin that looks and feels drier and can be more sensitive, with dark circles (the eyes appear darker because blood vessels are dilated) and even signs of premature ageing thanks to the resulting release of the stress hormone cortisol, which breaks down collagen.”
So, can these signs of fatigue be eased? If we’re unable to catch up on that vital shut-eye can a product really banish tiredness from your face? “It’s not possible to truly ‘compensate’ with skincare for lack of sleep,” says Dr Williams, somewhat depressingly.
But whilst Dr Zamani is in agreement, she says some products can at least help fight the signs of sleep deprivation in the short term. “Products that hydrate and nourish the skin are still worthwhile. Hyaluronic acid will maintain skin moisture. Antioxidants and retinols will also help combat fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration.”