How Sleep Affects Your Skin

How Sleep Affects Your Skin

While it may sound like a punchline, beauty sleep is no joke. Too few adults are getting the sleep that their health and beauty require. There are numerous beauty benefits of a good night’s rest, but the particular impact on your skin should not be underestimated.

Here are four of the key skin advantages of sleep, and how to supplement them in order to reap every last benefit of your own beauty sleep.

It hydrates your skin
While you sleep, your body transports nutrients throughout its systems, including the moisturizing water that helps maintain skin pH levels. This is what gives your skin a glowing, firmer, and smoother appearance.

– Tip: Be sure to use a high-quality moisturizer in your bedtime routine to supplement your body’s natural hydration. This chart lays out the different types of moisturizers you should consider based on your own skin type.

It prevents dark circles
Overworking your body can force it to react as if in survival mode. Often, lack of sleep leads to dilated blood vessels, the cause behind dark circles. Fatigue can also cause your skin pigmentation to appear duller which makes it easier to see the blood vessels below.

– Tip: Apply a natural eye cream at night to protect the thin skin below your eyes. This should hydrate and tighten the area while you sleep and allow you to wake up looking, and feeling, refreshed.

It slows down signs of aging and prevents acne
Inadequate sleep causes the body to release higher levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, which can break down collagen and reduce skin’s elasticity. Cortisol also causes glands in the skin to produce more oil, which can trigger a breakout and clog pores. High-quality sleep helps smooth the skin out and maintain a youthful look.

– Tip: Bring self-care into your bedtime routine to kickstart your body’s natural stress relief and protect your sleep and skin. Invest in a mattress made of cushiony foam like those from Casper, and practice some meditative techniques like deep breathing or visualization.

It regenerates your cells
Cell division peaks while you sleep which can repair damage from the day and cleanse it of toxins. It also helps improve your overall appearance, giving you a firmer, fresher, and brighter look. Be sure to stay out of the sun without protection in order to aid in the cell division process.

– Tip: Use Perfect Image’s recipe for homemade sunburn relief. After a long day in the sun, use the soothing lotion to calm the skin and protect it from long-term damage. This protection not only helps prevent age-related skin issues, but also allows your body to finetune your skin cells at night.

Make sure to customize every beauty tip you see, including these, to suit your own life. As long as you’re getting the sleep you need, you’re setting yourself up for more healthy, glowing skin!

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