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How Much Does Sleep Really Affect Your Skin?

Posted on 08 July 2020

How Much Does Sleep Really Affect Your Skin?

I think it’s safe to say that we have all experienced that ‘tired’ look, right? Unfortunately, we can’t all wake up like Beyonce! Life gets the best of us, and if you aren’t getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep a night, your body AND skin will be the first to tell you. More specifically, lack of sleep can cause:

  • Puffy eyes
  • Droopy eyelids/ skin
  • Less radiant skin
  • Darker under-eye circles
  • More prevalent wrinkles and fine lines

It’s important that we try to get a full night’s rest, not just for you, but for your skin!...

Fewer Wrinkles & tighter skin

Everything reboots with sleep - your body, mind, and even your skin. As you are sleeping, your body produces collagen, which helps fight droopy or sagging skin. And, more collagen means plumper, smoother looking skin (aka a younger-looking you!), as it plays a primary role in skin elasticity.

A Glowing Complexion

Your body boosts blood flow to the skin while you sleep, which means you wake looking more refreshed, the more sleep you get. A full night’s rest will help you maintain that healthy glow. This is also an important factor for dry skin as it replenishes from the day prior. Aside from staying hydrated, rest can help with dull, dry looking skin.

Brighter, Less Puffy Eyes

Dark, puffy under-eye bags are one of the first things we notice after a poor night’s sleep. There are lots of products to help with this, but the best remedy is nipping the source of it at the butt - simply, MORE SLEEP :).  Also try raising your head with an extra pillow at night to increase circulation even more, and to help prevent puffiness.

You Produce Melatonin 

Melatonin is one of the main chemicals our body produces while we sleep. It works as an antioxidant and helps to fight off dark spots, and fine lines by helping defend the skin against the harsh effects of UV radiation. It also helps repair cells and keeps skin even and radiant. Natural levels of melatonin are highest at night while we’re sleeping, so it’s important to get the full recommended 7-9 hours in order to increase the melatonin being released. And if you’re one of those who sleep with the lights on… Stop! This has been shown to suppress melatonin levels.

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