You may roll your eyes at the idea of beauty sleep, but there is plenty of data to back it up. Research has suggested that adults need at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Skimping on a good night’s sleep can cause the appearance of your skin to deteriorate rapidly.
When we sleep, our body, mind, and skin recharge. Sleep heals, restores, and eliminates toxins from the skin. Hence, a good night’s sleep has a powerful impact on your skin’s overall health. Sleep deprivation can cause:
1. Dry skin
Did you know that the skin is the human body’s largest organ? It provides a barrier against the external environment junk.
The outer layer of the skin prevents excessive water loss, but when your body is not getting enough sleep, it reduces the barrier function of the skin. This causes more water loss, leading to drier skin. A lack of moisture can also lower your skin’s pH level, causing an imbalance which reduces the skin’s hydration.
2. Loss of Collagen
When you don’t get sufficient rest, your skin may start to show signs of aging. This is because, during the first few hours of sleep, your body produces a growth hormone that is essential for youthful and radiant skin.
A lack of this hormone causes collagen and elastic tissue to break down, which is why sleep deprivation can increase signs of intrinsic aging, fine lines, and wrinkles.
In the final three hours of sleep, or during the active REM sleep period, cortisol (stress) levels naturally drop. There will also be a drop in body temperature, which is why you may sometimes wake up feeling cold, even during the summer.
During this period, the muscles in your body relax and start to recover. This includes your skin. Sleep also plays an important role in restoring immune system function. If you do not get enough sleep, your body’s inflammation levels start to rise, causing random outbreaks of acne, eczema, psoriasis, and skin allergies.
4. Under-Eye Circles
This one’s a no-brainer. Lack of sleep causes eyes to become red and swollen. You’ll also start to develop dark circles or eye bags that will indicate a poor sleep cycle.
There’s no denying that dark circles can also be genetic. However, a bad sleep cycle will cause a sunken appearance on your skin, making your eyes bulge out. With time, you’ll start to notice droopy eyelids and puffiness. This is because a lack of sleep causes pooling of blood in the under-eye vessels. This pooled fluid causes a swollen eye appearance.
Before you freak out, we are here to tell you that there are a few treatments that help reverse these signs. Skin treatments such as an AGE Smart Treatment will increase collagen production by firming, smoothing, regenerating, and energizing the skin. You can also try our MicroZone Age Repair Facial to fight visible signs of aging and restore skin to its bright, youthful self.
Keep in mind that these treatments can help improve your skin’s quality and health, but are in no way a replacement or alternative for beauty sleep.