We’ve all heard the old adage that we need to get our “beauty sleep.” Turns out there may be something to it.
While we sleep our skin is hard at work repairing itself from the daily damage it endures. When our body is at rest our skin’s blood flow increases causing it to better repair damage and inflammation. Collagen is being rebuilt helping the skin heal from UV exposure and also work on those fine lines and wrinkles.
Often times we can tell just by looking at someone and tell if they had a poor night of sleep. Some of those signs are dark undereye circles, droopy eyelids, red swollen eyes, more fine lines, wrinkles, and paler skin to name a few. Over time this can cause you to age faster.
Ideally you need 7-9 hours of restful sleep. It is very important to make this a consistent part of your routine for younger, healthier looking skin. Lack of sleep can lead to drier skin as more water is lost through the skin when we are not sleeping. Sleep is important for our skin barrier ability to heal itself and help maintain that healthy barrier that keeps moisture locked inside.
If you are not getting enough sleep you may notice that your skin becomes looser and fine lines become more noticeable. This is due to the fact that collagen is not being able to effectively be rebuilt.
Chronic poor sleep recks havoc on your skin in the ways listed above and many more. It is important to make sleep a priority to retain healthy vibrant skin.