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How Lack of Sleep Affects Your Skin

August 24, 2021

How Lack of Sleep Affects Your Skin

Getting enough sleep gives your body the chance to recharge after a hard day and your skin will also reap some terrific benefits. When you compromise on sleep, you compromise your body's ability to perform essential functions. Here are 5 ways a lack of sleep affects your skin and appearance.

How lack of sleep affects skin

Dull skin

Your cortisol levels will increase when you don't get enough sleep. Cortisol triggers inflammation that breaks down protein leading to radiant and smooth skin. Inflammation makes your skin prone to acne, which makes your skin look dull. 

Dehydrated Skin

Your body's hydration levels rebalance whenever you sleep through perspiration. If your body is hydrated well your skin will recover the natural moisture your body has lost. Whenever you lack sleep, your PH levels drop. The result is skin imbalance that makes your skin uneven, look dull and dry.

Dark under-eye circle

Another symptom of lack of sleep is dark circles. Lack of sleep results in poor water balance, which creates puffyness and dark circles. Sleeping on your stomach can also add to dark circles and causes puffiness. 

Collagen production

Stress increases in your body when you don't get enough sleep. Chronic stress will damage collagen, which is responsible for skin elasticity. Your skin will no longer be smooth and firm when the collagen gets broken down. Missing out on sleep stresses your body, which can harm your collagen levels. Collagen is crucial for your skin's elasticity. When the collagen is broken down, your skin starts showing signs of aging.  

Benefits of healthy sleeping habits

You should always aim to get seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Sometimes when you understand the benefits you will make an effort to put down your phone and honor yourself with some quality Z's. Here are the benefits you get when you get enough sleep.

Boost immune system

When you get quality sleep, your immune cells will get the rest they need to fight colds and flu.

Promotes cell turnover and glow

Your skin works hard during the day to protect you from toxins, bacteria, and external stressors from entering the body. Your body switches to a regeneration mode at night to repair itself and create fresh skin cells. Cellular turnover happens during the day, the process is at its peak between 11 pm and 4 am. 

Produces collagen

Getting quality sleep every night has an impact on your skin. When you sleep, your body produces the growth hormone. The growth hormone stimulates cell production and collagen synthesis. When you get quality sleep, collagen production increases, which is super good for your skin.

Reduces stress

Sleep allows your mind and body to relax. When you are sleep-deprived, your body releases stress hormones. Without enough sleep, you can be anxious.

Improves mood

Sleep and mood are closely linked. When you get the required amount of sleep each night, you'll wake up alert. Sleeping seven to eight hours leads to an improved mood. If you sleep less than five hours per night, you'll be angry, exhausted, stressed, and sad throughout the day. 

 

How to set a healthy nighttime routine

Take a warm shower 

Your body experiences hormonal changes at night, one of them being melatonin production. When you mimic the nighttime body temperature with warm water, it can help trigger a sleepy reaction. 

Wash your face

Washing your face is calming and will get you ready for bed. Pull your hair from your face, and follow a great cleaning regimen like our three step system; cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. There is nothing better than going to bed knowing you have washed the dirt and grime away from the day.

Create a cozy environment

Your bed is your sleep haven so be sure it is a welcome oasis. The site of your bed should make you smile and crawling into it should feel heavenly.

Turn off the electronics

Electronics emit a strong blue light that tricks your brain into thinking it is daytime. This might be a tough step to master but you will be so glad you do it. Give your brain a chance to turn off too. 

 

So get some sleep beauties and your body and skin with thank you. Remember we are always here If you need us. contact us.