Do you have several bad sleep habits? And suffering as a result of a lack of sleep.
Then what if we were to let you into one of the biggest secrets to better skin.
Well, it’s as easy as laying down and taking a nap?
Why? Because your body never stops working, even when sleeping; which is when the most important internal and epidermal, recoveries take place.
As it turns out, there is actually quite a lot of research behind the concept of beauty sleep.
One study found that as little as two days of non-restful sleep can negatively impact how you perceive your health, attractiveness, and even your trustworthiness.
While you shouldn’t fully abandon your daytime skincare routine in favour of getting more shut-eye, there are some good reasons why you should amp up your sleep routine.
So join us, as we explore what it means to get a good night’s sleep and stunning skin.
The effects of a lack of sleep
Sleep is the time when your body repairs itself. This is true for your skin, as much as it is for your muscles, brains, and cells.
During sleep, the skin’s blood flow increases, helping to rejuvenate the skin, it rebuilds its collagen and elastin and repairs the damage from UV exposure, reducing signs of ageing.
A lack of sleep has several physiological and psychological effects on the body, it not only makes us tired, but it also has a detrimental effect on the way we feel and looks :
- dull, sallow skin
- water retention
- fine lines and wrinkles
- dark circles under the eyes
These are coupled with several physiological symptoms:
- lack of energy
- trouble concentrating
So you begin to see why it can play havoc with your body, both internally and externally. What initially seems like an overnight issue could transform into something insidious if you are not getting the beauty sleep your body needs.
How sleep plays havoc with your skin
When we don’t have enough sleep, our body releases more stress hormones than usual, known as cortisol.
In large amounts, cortisol can break down collagen fibres, the protein that acts as our internal scaffolding; that is also responsible for keeping our skin look youthful and supple.
If that wasn’t enough to contend with if your body isn’t getting the rest it requires, cells don’t have the time to turnover correctly, skin cells become stubborn and stick to the skin’s surface making our skin look dull and sallow, and it loses its natural glow.
Chronic sleep loss can cause our body to release too little of the human growth hormone, an essential hormone required by the body for muscle mass, skin density, and strengthening bones.
During deep sleep, which is referred to as “slow-wave sleep” our growth hormones are released; this is when the normal tissue repair process occurs in our skin.
Tips for getting your beauty sleep
- go to bed early and turn off all devices
- keep a glass of water by your bedside to keep hydrated
- make sure the room is dark and that no light can filter through
- don’t be tempted to scroll through your phone or watch TV in your bedroom, create a restful area instead
- use a good active serum or moisturiser that contains vitamin A or Vitamin B3, or an antioxidant-rich formula like Bio lipid to quench damaging free radicals
- sleep on your back or use a cotton pillow, as as a rough service can irritate and compress your face, resulting in unwanted expression lines
As you can see, there really is some meaning behind the adage getting your beauty sleep.
Whilst we often spend a lot of time and money on expensive treatments for our skin, paying attention to how we treat it during sleeping hours shouldn’t be overlooked.
So next time you plan to burn the candle at both ends, maybe take a second to think about the health of your skin, because the connection between getting a good night’s sleep and your skin, may have more meaning than you actually think.
This is an interesting study on how sleep deprivation can dramatically affect your skin.