There is a good reason why the phrase ‘beauty sleep’ came about. When it comes to your beauty routine, sleep might just be the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth. A great night’s sleep can equal great skin health. When you are sleep-deprived, your body makes more of the stress hormone ‘cortisol’. Excess levels of cortisol in the body can lead to increased stress and inflammation, this, in turn, can damage your skin’s quality.
Your body repairs itself and recovers while you are sleeping, this can lead to a long list of benefits for your looks:
Your skin makes new collagen when you sleep. This new collagen prevents sagging.
A Glowing Complexion
Your body boosts blood flow to the skin while you sleep, which means you wake to a healthy glow. When you skimp on sleep it affects the moisture levels in your skin, decreasing them and also lowering your complexion’s pH levels, which is why your skin looks less youthful and has less of a glow.
Brighter, Less Puffy Eyes
Less sleep can equate to dark circles or bags under your eyes.
Healthier, Fuller Hair
Hair loss, breakage, damage, and even growth can all be affected by lack of sleep
Helps immune-related skin problems worse
Lack of sleep increases inflammation in the body. It throws off the body’s ability to regulate the immune system. This leads not only to getting sick more often but also it’s ability to fight off immune-related skin diseases, such as psoriasis and eczema. The increased inflammatory response can also show up as; increased acne breakouts, increased skin sensitivity, increased allergic contact dermatitis reactions, and increased irritant dermatitis — and more severe conditions mean more treatment and skin care.
Helps maintain weight gain.
Sleep also helps with weight management, which is good for your skin. Sleep makes you feel less hungry, recent studies have linked sleep deprivation to excess snacking and calorie consumption.
Products Work Better
Your skin can focus on repairing itself while you sleep. Blood flow is more consistent, and this helps your skin benefit from the flesh-repairing ingredients in your beauty products
The magic ‘beauty sleep’ numbers to give your body enough time to rest and regenerate are 7 to 9 quality hours each night. Nap time anyone?