Beauty sleep, believe it or not, does affect your skin and wellbeing. A good night’s sleep can result in good skin health. This is because when you are sleep deprived, your body makes more stress hormones, cortisol. An increase of cortisol results in stress and inflammation in your body, resulting in worse skin quality.
Cortisol plays a role in sleep and skin appearance. Studies by the US National Library of Medicine stated that when you are sleep deprived, your skin gets inflamed, resulting in acne. And an increase in inflammatory cells will lead to an increase in breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, which gives your skin its glow and bounce. Not only that, high cortisol levels trigger produces more sebum (oil) resulting in clogged pores. With increased inflammation in your body, it throws off your body’s ability to regulate your immune system. This would result in constantly falling ill.
The concept of beauty sleep is not a myth. Science has told us that a good sleep is essential for repairing, regenerating and restructuring the skin.
The concept of beauty sleep is not a myth. Science has told us that a good sleep is essential for repairing, regenerating and restructuring the skin. “It is the foundation on which to build and maintain health, wellbeing and age related diseases,” sites co-founder of Cult Beauty, Alexia Inge. When you sleep, the cell rejuvenation process takes place in your body.
Cell rejuvenation is a process whereby new skin cells are produced from the deepest layers of your skin to the outermost layer. Dead cells are replaced by healthier ones overnight. Sleeping more will result in more firm and plump skin, helping to prevent premature ageing such as wrinkles. Ample rest can result in keeping your skin youthful, who doesn’t want that right?
When you sleep, your body’s hydration rebalances. Your skin is able to rest and recover its moisture, while excess water is removed. This would result in less puffy eyes as well as less dryness and wrinkles. Not only does sleep rebalance your hydration, sleep also helps with weight management.
However, Colette Haydon, founder and formulator of Lixirskin noted that we should not pile on loads of products and just hope for the best before bed. Our cells have a limited amount of energy. This means that using too many products will not do your skin good and may cause it to be irritated and clogged. “It is much better to ask the skin to do one job at a time and do it well,” Haydon states.
Try to avoid blue light from digital devices for at least an our before bed. Darkness helps our body to produce enough melatonin to promote a deep sleep.
So, what should you do about your sleep situation? First and foremost, get more sleep and a good night routine! Beata Aleksandrowicz, co-founder of Pure Massage Spa Training Method suggests that we should slow down in the evening. Try to avoid blue light from digital devices for at least an our before bed. Darkness helps our body to produce enough melatonin to promote a deep sleep.
Since lack of sleep makes the skin look tired, use serums that contain hyaluronic acid to give your skin a quick boost. Hyaluronic acid helps deeply hydrate tired skin. Switching up your skincare routine is also good as it keeps your skin stimulated and it avoids the plateau effect where your skin becomes unreactive to certain products that you constantly use.
So the next time you’re thinking of pulling an all nighter, think again! Not only will sleep help your skin, it will also boost your mood and strengthen your immunity. You will wake up feeling refreshed!
Last modified: 27th February 2020