Your daily activities and environmental aggressors can drain you out. Your body needs good sleep and rest after a tiring day to recover from stress. Sound sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy body and mind. Skin is the largest and most exposed organ of the body. Lack of sleep can affect your health as well as your skin. Very soon you will start noticing wrinkles, fines, pigmentation on your skin. Sleep deprivation makes you look older than you really are because it reduces your ability to repair and reinvigorate your skin.
As per our skincare expert, sleep and skin health are deeply connected. In this article, we will be discussing how an erratic sleeping pattern affects your skin and what can you do about it.
Skin And Sleep
A healthy adult should sleep at least eight hours a day. Lack of sleep can contribute to various health and skincare issues.
When we drift off into a deep slumber, our body goes through three different stages of sleep to maintain general health, helping the skin repair, heal and rejuvenate itself.
Somatotropin (human growth hormone) is secreted by the pituitary gland during the first three hours of sleep. This hormone helps maintain healthy and problem-free skin. The repair mechanism of the skin will not be possible without somatotropin secretion. A lack of somatotropin quickens the process of ageing.
During the next two hours of sleep, the amount of melatonin, a hormone, increases in the body. Melatonin exhibits antioxidant properties and protects the skin from the damaging effect of free radicals.
In the final stage, called Rapid Eye Movement, the level of cortisol which is also known as the stress hormone begins to decline. During the final stage of sleep, your skin cools down, body muscles relax, stimulating the production of collagen.
Thus you should never miss out on your beauty sleep, as it helps to make your skin look radiant and youthful.
How Does Sleep Quality Affect Skin?
Adequate sleep helps to lower the level of stress hormones in the blood. Sound sleep ensures anti-ageing benefits to your skin such as visible reduction in wrinkles, dark circles, puffy eyes, and dark spots. Consistent sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on your skin, as it decreases the elasticity of your skin, making it look dull and tired. Lack of sleep can increase free radicals which can have a damaging effect on your skin. Let’s have close scrutiny into the skin conditions that result from a lack of sleep.
1. Appearance Of Early Signs Of Ageing
Due to your erratic sleeping pattern, the body releases stress hormones to cope up with the hormonal imbalance. These stress hormones interrupt collagen production, resulting in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Collagen is a protein that gives structure to your skin, giving firmness and elasticity to your skin.
2. Dry Skin
While sleeping we perspire more, it’s the body’s way of rebalancing hydration levels in the skin. This way your body keeps your skin hydrated, reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Sleep deprivation can cause depletion in the pH level.
3. Dark Circles And Puffy Eyes
The blood vessels under the skin dilate due to your erratic sleeping pattern, resulting in dark circles and puffiness under your eyes. Sleep boosts blood circulation in the body, ensuring an adequate flow of oxygen, thus boosting skin health.
4. Dull Skin
Lack of sleep can cause the level of stress hormones (cortisol) to increase in your blood. The stress hormone triggers inflammation, making your skin more prone to breakout. Insufficient sleep disrupts blood circulation, lowering the level of oxygen in the body. Lack of oxygen supply can make your skin look dull and tired.
A good night’s sleep ensures healthy, radiant, and youthful skin.
What Can You Do About It?
- To begin with, establish a bedtime routine for yourself and follow it religiously.
- Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.
- Avoid consuming alcohol, tea, coffee, and tobacco before bedtime.
- Avoid bringing gadgets such as a mobile, tablet, laptop to your bedroom as long screen time can make you sleep deprived.
- Use cotton pillowcases and cotton bed sheets with high thread count for comfortable sleep.
- Keep your bedroom well ventilated, allow proper air circulation for good sleep.
- Remove makeup from your face before going to bed and apply facial serum or night cream to have a dewy, vibrant face.
- If you are unsure, consult a dermatologist to choose a moisturizer or a night cream that is able to fix all your skincare issues. Apply the skin treatment at night before going to bed and let the product work overnight to give you a radiant, vibrant, and youthful appearance the next morning.
- Extra pillows or bed wedges will help you elevate your head and help with snoring, nasal drip, acid reflux all of which can affect your quality of sleep.
- Relax your mind with essential oils like chamomile, lavender, and vetiver. These oils help you sleep better.
- Regular exercise and meditation reduce stress, increase blood circulation, inducing good sleep at night.
Anti-ageing skincare ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, A, and E, are considered to be your skin’s best peers as it gently nourishes your skin keeping it well hydrated. Thus you need your beauty sleep to stay healthy, energetic, vibrant, and sanguine the whole day.
Most of us compromise on our sleep owing to work, entertainment, etc. There is a reason why people call it beauty sleep because it plays a crucial role in beautifying your appearance and making you look fresh. Anyone who looks well-rested automatically looks healthy and doesn’t have to hide behind layers of makeup to look presentable. A simple change of sleeping and waking up on time can work wonders for your skin and overall health. While a may seem unrealistic, but leading a systematic life, will bring your overall wellbeing back on track. Try it! You will certainly feel like a brand new person.
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