Beauty sleep is not just a concept. The condition and overall health of the skin is directly linked to the consistent amount of sleep we allow ourselves each night.
During the day, our cells work hard to help protect our skin against free radicals, molecules with unpaired electrons that can damage the cells around them, including DNA, potentially creating a seed for disease. Free radicals can result from any source that damages cells, including from the sun, cigarette smoke, and air pollution. During sleep our entire body—skin included—works to repair itself from any damage, including exposure to free radicals, inflicted during waking hours. Without sufficient sleep, our bodies cannot fully repair and therefore cannot function optimally. Consequently, our skin suffers.
The naked eye may not be able to see the change in the skin from lack of sleep during youth, but the damage is there and will be more and more visible if lack sleep continues for years to come. There is no denying that the skin is less tolerant of abuse as we age. It becomes more difficult for the skin to recover from mistreatment. Slacking on sleep for just one night produces a visible dullness to your skin and equally visible deep dark circles under the eyes. On top of that, lack of sleep causes stress hormones to increase, which heightens oil production that causes breakouts and decreases skin hydration, leaving the skin dry and dull.
Investing in a more consistent sleep schedule has limitless potential and upsides for the look, feel, and overall health of your skin, making sleep the most affordable skincare solution on the market!
- Apply serums and moisturizers. Apply antiaging serums and moisturizers before bed to help your skin rejuvenate while you sleep.
- Use a satin pillowcase. The soft material is less likely to leave sleep lines—creases on your face—and helps reduce the pressure on your skin that may cause permanent lines. And, as an added bonus, the satin will also help you wake up with great hair!
- Sleep on your back. When you consistently sleep on one side of your body, and consequently one side of your face, permanent lines may form, and you may be restricting blood flow to the skin. Not enough blood flow to the skin causes puffiness and dark circles under the eyes! Without pressure on one side of your face over another, with easy blood flow to the skin, you will look refreshed and beautiful every morning.