Any parent will tell you the sleep deprivation that goes along with parenthood is pretty bad.
Scrap that. It sucks. There's literally no way to sugar coat it. (I’m sorry.)
Undoubtedly, having children is a magical experience and it's kind of worth all the broken sleep and bad nights.
But as someone who is perpetually sleep-deprived thanks to three kids under five, I recommend nailing a few fast skincare hacks you can lean on after one of those nights.
You know, when you realise it's now light outside and your eyes literally feel like they’re about to fall out of your head and you can't help but feel like your children might be... broken?
Keep scrolling for what I do the morning after a terrible night's sleep. These are useful for fellow sleep-deprived parents, but also literally any weary person.
Why is Sleep So Important for Skin?
Despite feeling like utter crap, a bad night's sleep isn't great for overall skin health.
Sleep is one of our most underrated beauty products - and it’s free!
When we sleep, our skin cells go into mitosis (they divide and multiply), which essentially forces our skin cells to go into renewal mode.
Poor sleep reduces the skin's ability to perform this function, but it can also increase our stress hormone cortisol, leading to added inflammation in our bodies. And extra inflammation can lead to skin conditions such as congestion, dullness, and the appearance of ageing.
My Tired Mum Skincare Hacks.
Aside from being a dermal therapist, I'm basically an expert on how to look and feel alive on minimal sleep and with minimal effort.
So now, let me tell you exactly what I do in the morning skincare-wise when my children stayed up partying like Scott Disick the night before.
Tip 1: Everything Must Be Cold.
Honestly, I’m pretty minimalist when it comes to my skin care. However, something I always do is keep emergency sleep deprivation skin care in the fridge.
Why? Mainly because cold face masks and eye masks are INCREDIBLE when your face feels like it’s going to fall off from tiredness.
Trust me. It’s instantly energising. Even if it's only a placebo.
I have two sheet masks I love to use after a bad night. They’re super bougie and expensive, so I only save them for these emergency situations.
First is the Société Rejuvenating Peptide Mask - they’re actually ones you’re meant to use post-clinic treatment to help your skin heal.
However, I’ve always used them post-bad nights with the kids because… same same. HA.
I also like the Aceology Frose Infusion Gel Mask because they’re half the price and a 7/10 dupe for the Societe ones.