March 24th, 2016

When the clocks go forward...

Many will be pleased at the thought of longer and hopefully hotter days but just how much is your sleeping pattern affected by the clocks going forward? Usually it takes up to an hour for your body to adjust however there is a slight variation between both time changes.


How exactly does it affect your body?

Well, the abrupt shift means that your internal biological clock will need to sync with the new pattern. However, this differs, as for some it may be more of a struggle than others. Although the change isn’t significant it can cause people to feel more tired than usual.


How does it affect your mood/stress levels?

Of course, the thought of losing an extra hour of sleep sounds heart breaking and as a result it does affect your mood, especially during the initial few days of the transition. The sudden disruption to your body cycle is enough to make you feel stressed and now that days are longer, it’s no wonder you will be feeling very tired hence why your sleeping pattern matters.


How does it affect your health and skin?

Lack of sleep will cause your metabolism to decrease leading to a possible craving of junk food or may be even skipping essential meals like breakfast for example. Just like how time changes affects your sleeping pattern, your daily eating routine will also be disrupted which is why it is vital for you to eat the sufficient vitamins in order to feel energised throughout the day.

A lack of sleep can also lead to lacklustre, sallow skin, puffy eyes, as well as fine lines and dark circles under the eyes. When you don’t get enough sleep your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol, which essentially can lead to a break down in skin collagen, which is the protein you need to keep skin smooth and elastic.


How will the hotter days affect your skin?

During the warmer months, your skin tends to lose its moisture, so make sure you are drinking plenty of liquids and eating fruits, which will make your skin look radiant and help you feel more rejuvenated. In hotter weather conditions, skin is likely to react quicker, which can often lead to skin problems such as premature ageing and even dehydration so ensure that you are taking the right steps to protect your skin.


Now here are a few steps on how to deal with the transition:


It is important to make sure that you’re getting 6-8 hours of sleep as this will not only get your body clock to adjust to the sudden shift but it will ensure that you wake up feeling revitalised. Avoid drinking caffeine or alcoholic beverages close to bedtime, as this can affect your performance and concentration levels. Instead try Chamomile tea.



Dehydration is also another vital factor that needs your attention, especially during the warmer months, so it’s important to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, which equals to about 2 litres. Water is essential to maintaining optimum skin moisture and will also deliver essential nutrients to your skin cells. Water can also reduce the signs of ageing, like wrinkles and fine lines as it replenishes the skin tissue and increases elasticity. Not only this but water will also keep skin well hydrated and glistening, leaving you with a glowing complexion.



First and Foremost, SPF. Probably the most important skin ritual. Always apply your sunscreen after your moisturiser and at least 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. To treat sun damage or to soothe any rashes and insect bites try the Soothing Skin Gel. This summer essential also works to provide essential moisture to dry skin, which is common skin problem during the warmer months, due to extreme air conditioning.

Opt for a lighter moisturiser for the face and a thicker moisturiser for your body to ensure your skin is always moisturised. Adding a gentle cleanser and exfoliator to your daily skincare routine will remove any impurities that may be clogging your pores. Rose water is also beneficial for many reasons such as preventing ageing by reducing wrinkles and tightening pores. This will keep your skin feeling cool thus perfect for the warmer months. 


Give these steps a go when the clocks go forward to make sure your body is both internally and externally prepped ready for the summer!


24 / 03 / 2016

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