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The Connection Between Sleep and Skincare

Sleep is fundamental for your health, but it is also essential for radiant skin. During the uninterrupted rest in your sleep cycle, your skin cells renew, repair, and regenerate. Lack of sleep affects your entire body, but symptoms will show the most on your face. Many factors, such as stress, cause reasons for not getting enough sleep, and all lead to having a dull and lackluster complexion. 

A night of good night sleep is right for your skin. A study conducted by Nature Cell Biology states that your sleep phases can regulate the extracellular matrix, which provides structural support to your cells in the form of connective tissues, such as bone, skin, and cartilage. One half of your body is created by matrix, and the other half is collagen. 

Collagen

Collagen is made of two types of structures. One structure is thicker and is entirely formed by the age of 17. The structure is permanent and remains the same for the rest of your life. The second structure is thinner and will break down under stress. These structures can repair themselves over time with proper sleep. The fibers of the thinner structure protect the permanent structure types from the daily wear and tear on your skin cells.  

Collagen is the wealthiest protein in your body. It provides the elasticity, strength, and glow in your skin. When you joke about beauty sleep, it is real. Having a good night’s sleep can help naturally boost your collagen and keep your skins youthful appearance. 

Getting a Night’s Sleep

If you want better-looking skin, you need to start getting a good night's sleep. When you are sleep-deprived, your body creates more cortisol, which is the stress hormone, and higher rates of cortisol can lead to heightened stress and inflammation in your body and hurt your skin’s appearance and quality. 

Here are some guidelines for helping you get a good night’s sleep and better skin:

  • Try not to eat big meals late in the day
  • Drink lots of water during the day, but don’t drink too late at night
  • Try sleeping under a warm blanket in a cold, dark and quiet room
  • Don’t have any electronics in your bedroom
  • Use breathable cotton sheets on your bed and wash them regularly to avoid a build-up of dust mites and bacteria
  • Try using laundry detergents that do not have a strong fragrance

Sleep and Skincare

Here are a few reasons why not getting enough sleep affects the health of your skin and your overall health.

  • Not getting enough sleep impairs existing skin conditions – inflammatory responses can increase without enough rest and appear on your skin as acne breakouts, skin sensitivity, allergic contact reactions, and irritant dermatitis.
  • Not getting enough sleep can worsen immune-related problems – having increased inflammation in your body can throw off its ability to regulate your immune system. An unregulated immune system can lead to getting sick often, or to flare-ups of immune-related skin diseases, like psoriasis and eczema. 
  • Not getting enough sleep detracts from the natural beauty of your skin – amplified inflammatory cells can lead to breaking down collagen and hyaluronic acid at an increased rate. These are the molecules that give your skin that glow, bounce, and translucent appearance. 
  • Not getting enough sleep results in decreased beauty - while you sleep, the hydration in your body rebalances itself. Your skin recovers its moisture, and excess water is processed and removed. You are not receiving a good night’s rest. It can result in water, not balancing, which leads to puffy eyes, under-eye circles, dryness, and visible wrinkles. 
  • Not getting enough sleep quickens the aging process – when you are in a deep sleep, the increase in growth hormones repair damaged cells. If you aren’t getting these deep sleep phases, your skin cannot improve, which leads to smaller breakdowns to happen, resulting in more noticeable signs of aging skin. 

The Takeaway

Getting a decent night’s sleep is necessary for your skincare routine. Try putting some of these tips and guidelines to use to let you’re your body naturally heal and enhance the appearance of your skin and to better your health.

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