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Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Skin and Beauty

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Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Skin and Beauty

This is not a bed, it’s a fountain of youth.


We think you should take sleep more seriously. Getting enough shut-eye is like having your own personal fountain of youth. Since skin cells renew during sleep, if you’re not getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep, your complexion may show it.


“I educate our clients about how lifestyle and what we consume has an impact on our skin, and how sleeping is a time for the three R’s: regeneration, recovery and repair,” says, Rose Diaz, holistic esthetician at Feeling Groovy Wellness Center in Claremont, California.


More Sleep Means Better Skin


When we sleep, important things happen that impact our skin. Hormones stabilize. For example, the stress hormone cortisol lowers, while the sleep hormone melatonin rises. Some hormones help rebuild elastin and collagen — skin’s youth proteins. Hormones help repair the damage of UV exposure and reduce wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, those dark spots that make our skin look uneven, explains Diaz.


Research published at University Hospitals, in conjunction with the cosmetics company Estée Lauder, finds sleep deprivation causes skin to age faster. Worse, a study in Inflammation & Allergy Drug Targets finds inflammation has negative affects on skin issues such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and aging.


“Good sleep is pertinent to keeping our skin looking healthy and youthful,” emphasizes Diaz.


Too Little Sleep causes skin irritation


A study in Biological Psychiatry found sleep disturbances increase inflammation, which can lead to heart disease and diabetes. That same inflammation causes puffiness around the eyes, dark circles, and a sallow complexion that can improve by taking to your bed.


In fact, sleep deprivation can cause a decrease in blood flow, and that lack of circulation is responsible for dark under-eye circles when we don’t sleep well.


Sleeping More Protects Your Skin


Think of sleep like slathering an expensive youth serum on your face. When we’re awake and on the go, our skin is assaulted with UV rays, free radicals, wind and pollution, and during sleep it recovers from what we’ve put it through. Sleep is just one of the many remedies available to everyone that can help prevent inflammation, and is crucial to recovery, repair and regeneration of your complexion.


“Get good sleep, and it will show in your more youthful and glowing skin,” encourages Diaz.


For more on this topic, we recommend reading our Sleeping Beauty Skin of Dreams story.




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