Is Beauty Sleep a Real Thing?

In today’s fast-paced society, there’s always another item to cross off the to-do list, one more deadline to hit, one more chore to get out of the way, one more child to put to bed, or one more email to respond to, (and toss in daylight savings/time changes, things go from bad to worse)! The tasks are endless and when we do finally get some time to slow down, we often spend it with friends and family, leaving a decent night’s sleep at the bottom of the list of priorities. But how does this lack of quality sleep affect our appearance and overall health?

The Effects of Skipping Out on a Good Night’s Sleep

Getting too little sleep can wreak havoc on nearly every aspect of our lives, from causing irritability and lack of concentration to derailing a diet with late night snacks, disrupting hormone levels, or causing permanent damage well below the skin’s surface. Ultimately, sleep is essential to most beauty goals. In other words, this beauty sleep… isn’t a myth!

Our bodies filtration systems clear out waste during sleep. A study by Dr. Nedegaard, suggested the brain clears toxins from your brain while you sleep. Similarly, skin performs a deep clean during sleep, helping to reverse damage caused by environmental elements, stress, and more. It has been proven that at night, skin restores its lipid barrier, which protects skin from external factors that may damage collagen and elastin stores in lower layers of the skin. At this time, the body also produces higher levels of human growth hormones (HGH), which spur cell renewal for smoother, healthier skin by the morning (pillow wrinkles aside). It’s worth noting as well, that over time, a lack of sleep leads to a buildup of cortisol, the stress hormone, which leads to increased collagen degradation and premature aging of the skin.

How to Protect Your Beauty Sleep

While there are certainly ways to fake a night of beauty sleep with makeup tricks or cucumber masks, the focus needs to be brought back to getting enough sleep to allow the skin and body to heal itself in the first place.  

To those work-addicted warriors reading this, (particularly those in their 20s and 30s) – stop pushing sleep to the weekends! This habitual cycle of sleep deprivation will show over time and your appearance may falsely reflect a perceived inability to keep up the pace. In fact, some physicians note that following medical aesthetic treatments, patients have reported an increase in productivity at work. You look and feel more rested and become more efficient. In other words, keeping regular work hours that allow for a restful night of sleep may benefit your career over the long haul.

As for treating damage already done to otherwise healthy collagen levels, consider a serum (with hyaluronic or vitamin C) and/or night cream that will assist in collagen restoration paired with an anti-aging treatment plan for wrinkle reduction. These anti-aging treatments utilize advanced radio frequency technology to deliver heat below the skin’s surface, kick starting the skin’s natural collagen production cycle to soften and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles while restoring your skin’s youthful-looking glow. Consider it a shot of caffeine for collagen production 😉

To learn more about the benefits of anti-aging wrinkle-reduction treatments, feel free to drop us a note.

What is Collagen – Breaking Down the Beauty Benefits

“Collagen” is a word that we have seen floating around in the anti-aging realm for a while now. You might think it’s just another beauty industry buzzword, but collagen has an important role to play in your physical biology as well as your aesthetics. What is collagen and what is it’s role in anti-aging?

What Is Collagen?

Accounting for approximately 33% of all protein in the human body—making it the most abundant protein—collagen contributes to skeletal, joint, muscle, tendon, dental, hair, and skin health. It’s primary role is to fasten together cells and tissues to support the shape and integrity of various structures in the body. Simply, collagen acts as a sort of flexible glue or framework that keeps the body looking and functioning at it’s best.

Collagen’s Beauty Benefits

In terms of anti-aging beauty benefits, collagen is often associated with healthy, firm, smooth skin. Higher collagen levels contribute to a rejuvenated appearance, including greater skin elasticity, plumpness, and smoothness. Collagen also contributes to hair health, with higher collagen levels being linked to stronger tresses, delayed graying, and even potential increased hair growth.

What Causes the Body to Produce Less Collagen?

Age is a definite factor in decreased collagen levels. With time, collagen production naturally slows: after age 20, our bodies produce roughly 1% less collagen in the skin per year. But there are also common lifestyle factors that can negatively impact collagen levels over time. Do any of these look familiar?

  • Smoking — the chemicals found in tobacco smoke damage collagen and elastin in the skin, while reducing the amount of oxygen delivered to skin cells, which slows cell turnover.
  • High blood sugar — A diet high in sugar causes sugar in the blood to bond to more proteins, creating AGEs (Advanced Glycation End products), which are molecules known to destroy collagen proteins.
  • A diet low in vitamin C — The body requires vitamin C to naturally produce collagen, so a diet lacking adequate sources of vitamin C leads to collagen degradation.
  • Prolonged exposure to pollution — Environmental pollution can create free radicals that affect skin by increasing protein oxidation and the depletion of collagen.
  • Sun exposure — The sun’s UV rays damage collagen deep in the dermis, resulting in wrinkles, a loss of elasticity… and increased pigmentation.

How to Boost Collagen Production

While collagen powders and supplements have made their rounds on social media, their effectiveness is still being studied. The question is whether these supplements really work to promote collagen production in the body, since collagen does not enter and remain in the body as a whole protein when ingested. Essentially, when any collagen supplement or dietary source (such as bone broth) is consumed, the body breaks this collagen down into its basic building blocks: amino acids. The body then uses these amino acids where they’re needed for optimal health. If the body is lacking in collagen, it may reproduce collagen from the broken down amino acids—but that’s only if it needs collagen. If collagen is sufficient, those amino acids will be used elsewhere in the body. This means that the efficacy of these supplements in boosting collagen levels remains up for debate.

As for anti-aging collagen creams, they won’t significantly boost collagen levels in skin. Collagen proteins are much too large to be absorbed deep into the dermis of the skin where collagen is needed to maintain skin’s structural integrity. Skin care products containing amino acid precursors or peptides – which are much smaller particles – are much more effective in penetrating to the middle layer of the skin and kick starting targeted collagen production.

Likewise, anti-aging multi-polar radio frequency treatments can offer an effective means to promote skin’s natural collagen production. Using technology that’s safe for all skin tones, these non-surgical treatments utilize radio frequency to deliver targeted energy deep below the skin’s surface, creating heat within the dermis of the skin. This heat kick starts skin’s natural collagen production cycle, boosting overall collagen levels for plumper, smoother-looking skin and an overall younger-looking appearance.

To learn more about non-surgical radio frequency anti-aging treatments and how they could boost your skin’s collagen levels, feel free to drop us a note.

The Next Step

The Next Step…

The first memory I have of career aspirations was when I was about 10 years old. I knew without a doubt that I wanted to be a fashion designer. I remember making clothing for my dolls; for my friends; and for my friends dolls! I used to draw …a lot. I drew and designed clothing with big things in mind. I wanted everyone to look fantastic. I wanted to help them feel fantastic by dressing them in amazing clothes!

I graduated with a scholarship, but there was no fashion design school in town; luckily, there was a fine arts and photography program at the local college. My creativity had been satiated through highschool by an old Minolta camera and a darkroom. It was the logical choice. A choice that for those who know me, know followed me in a 30+ year career.

I did get the chance to spend time in the fashion world though! A few years after my first stint in college, I attended Blanche MacDonald in Vancouver. I explored the world of cosmetology, fashion design, illustration and marketing. I was thrust into the heart of Vancouver’s fashion district working in Yaletown and in the Showmart Building. My camera was always close by 😉

In the years before I hung up the camera, my passion was making women feel amazing in their own skin! …to show them a side of themselves they were maybe unaware of. We did hair and makeup, played dress up and they spent time in front of the camera letting their inner beauty out. It was immensely rewarding to watch people really SEE themselves in the after photos.

When I wasn’t in the studio, I was in the clinic. For 16 years, I helped people to reach their full potential from physical point of view. Assessment and treatment of dysfunction. … it too, has been rewarding. Watching someone walk without a cane for the first time in years. Helping to give someone the freedom to brush their own hair, or to run a marathon, or get on the floor and play with their grandbabies. Helping people. That’s what I like to do.

I truly feel that this next step is a culmination of the things I love. I love the clinical sciences. I’m a nerd and will always continue to look at things from that perspective. Combine that with a love of beauty, of helping people… the love of seeing people happy with themselves and you have my encore career… Medical Aesthetics.

I love The Clinic. I am blessed to have amazing therapists working here, following their passion of helping people reach their goal of living pain free. They are assessing and treating musculoskeletal dysfunction… and they do it well. I’m beyond blessed to be adding another dimension to The Clinic with assessment of skin, and the treatment of dysfunction on that level. A one stop body shop.

Feel free to follow my journey, my blog and my Instagram and learn about exciting things like the eradication of spider veins and age spots! Or about how there are non-surgical options for cellulite reduction, skin tightening… options that have very little, if any, downtime. How even 30 minutes can have you heading toward the fountain of youth at The Clinic.

The renos start at The Clinic tomorrow and I’ll be ready to see you about March 15th! How can I help?