Here’s everything you need to know about beauty sleep
We all know sleep is vital for your health, but how much does it impact your physical appearance? Research has repeatedly explored the physical changes that can occur when you aren’t getting enough sleep, and a lot of this has to do with the health and look of your skin.
From wrinkles to undereye bags, sleep deprivation can have a detrimental impact on the way we look, which in turn can lead to emotional concerns such as low self-esteem as reduced confidence. Pair this with the fact that a lack of sleep makes us more susceptible to anxiety, depression and fatigue, and it’s clear that getting a good night’s sleep is a key aspect in helping us look and feel our best.
We’re going to take a closer look at the relationship between your sleep habits and your skin, delving deeper into the science behind the concept of ‘beauty sleep’.
Better sleep leads to fewer wrinkles
Most of your skin’s collagen production occurs when you sleep, meaning a regular good night’s sleep can help to reduce the onset of fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen is part of your skin’s repair process, helping your skin stay plumper and less saggy. In fact, according to recent dermatological data from New York, only getting five hours of sleep per night can lead to twice as many fine lines as sleep for seven hours a night. Sleep deprivation can also leave your skin drier, which can make lines more visible.
Sleep improves your complexion
When you sleep, your body increases blood flow. This helps to repair muscles and let your body recuperate, but it also means an increased blood flow to your skin. After a good night’s sleep, you’re more likely to wake up with a healthy glow.
Many of us will be familiar with the grey, drab or lifeless complexion that can follow a bad night’s sleep. Being deprived of sleep can decrease the flow of blood to the skin of your face, making your skin appear duller as a result.
Feeling and looking more awake
One of the first areas to be impacted by poor sleep are you eyes. If you’ve ever slept badly, you’ll know all too well how quickly dark circles and undereye bags can appear. With continued sleeplessness, these dark circles can become a regular problem. This is linked to blow flow, as when blood isn’t flowing well due to lack of sleep, it can collect under the eyes and become visible as the skin there is so thin.
To undo this damage, getting enough sleep is paramount. It’s also important to stay hydrated and to consider elevating your head while you sleep to reduce swelling.
Your skincare routine works better with sleep
If you worry about the quality of your skin, chances are you’ve tried an array of lotions and potions to try and counteract the damage you’re seeing. However, skincare isn’t a replacement for good sleep. In fact, sleep is necessary in order to help your skincare products work at their best.
Your skin repairs itself while you sleep, so the flesh-repairing ingredients present in viable skincare products are likely to be even more effective with a good night’s sleep to support them.