Updated: Oct 21, 2020
We literally go through so much to have healthy, youthful skin. We get chemical peels and microdermabrasion, or Some of us are product junkies and spend hundreds of dollars on products. We spend a bunch of time putting on makeup to try and cover our bad skin, But what if the biggest secret to healthy looking skin starts with getting enough Z’s?
Sleep is the time when the body repairs itself. It's an essential time for your organs and cutting back on sleep reduces the time your skin has to repair. While we sleep the blood flow to our skin increases, UV damage is repaired, and collagen is rebuilt. Our liver goes to work eliminating chemicals and toxins your body no longer needs. This creates important internal and epidermal recovery.
Of course you shouldn't completely ditch your AM and PM skincare routine, but here are 6 ways that just simply getting enough sleep could help you on this journey to glowing, younger looking skin!
1. Your skin uses this time to regenerate!
As we know, quality sleep is essential to your skin and overall health. During the day our skin works really hard to protect itself from daily aggravators such as UV rays, free radicals, dirt and pollution. While we sleep, our skin goes into “ recovery mode”. During this time our skin repairs and regenerates itself. The regeneration process at night can be up to three times faster than during the day. Also, the sleep hormone melatonin begins to heighten a few hours before bedtime and works to counteract the damage done to the skin throughout the day. Furthermore, your skin is more permeable during the day, making your skin warmer so your night time products can easily penetrate the skin.
2. Less Wrinkles!
As many of you know, the stress hormone cortisol can take a huge toll on your skin. At high levels, cortisol contributes to the breakdown of collagen and elastic tissue. Cortisol levels naturally decrease while we are asleep allowing your skin to regenerate and protect itself. Your body also produces the growth hormone collagen, which is a really important cell-repairing hormone. Collagen helps improve the skin's moisture, improving the elasticity, tone, and brightness of the skin.
3. Gives you a brighter radiant complexion.
Getting enough sleep helps ensure proper blood flow to the skin around your face. When blood flow to the skin is decreased, your skin becomes dull and won't have a bright “rosy cheek” look. While we sleep, our body also re-balances your skin's hydration levels. This helps reduce dark circles and puffiness under the eyes as well as fine lines and wrinkles.
4. Can help with stubborn acne
Sleep deprivation triggers stress hormones which can cause acne. Poor sleep habits can cause significant alterations in glucose intolerance, making you more likely to develop things like diabetes. Spikes of insulin cause inflammation in our bodies which can result in acne breakouts. Lacking sleep also can make us feel too tired to exercise and eat a healthy diet which can also cause breakouts and oily skin.
5. less puffy, brighter eyes in general
One of the first signs of not getting enough sleep are dark circles. Dark circles happen due to the blood vessels around your eyes dilating, which is a direct result of not enough sleep. Eyes can also become bloodshot from lack of sleep. Dilated blood vessels cause your eyes to become red.
6. Less Stress
In so many ways the mind and the skin are intertwined, so as emotions play out in the mind, they can be expressed through the skin. With that being said, it should come with no surprise that when we stress, one of the first things to suffer is your skin. Our skin is the largest organ on our body and can show signs of stress by introducing different skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, and seborrheic dermatitis. Stress can also cause inflammation in the bowels which can slow digestion in the gut. Slower digestion along with inflammation can affect the bacteria in your gut. As a result of internal inflammation, the skin can react by breaking out in acne, eczema, and psoriasis flare-ups.