Healthy Living Sleep

Why sleep really is your best beauty product

Sleep is one of the best remedies you can give your skin. The results are immediate and free!

After a restless night of sleep your skin is definitely going to show it from presenting puffy dark under-eye circles, more wrinkles and droopier eye lips than the well rested folk.

So what is the culprit? The stress hormone cortisol.

Cortisol is at it’s lowest during sleep so if you’re not sleeping enough your cortisol levels go up. This then results in a loss of collagen.

Dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD, author of The Mind-BeautyConnection, says that this can be evident even after a single sleepless night.

Wechsler is a big fan of looking after your inner body for your outer glow, rather than buying expensive topical creams to smooth out those wrinkles.

 “You see, so many of the lotions, potions, and so-called must-haves that line the drugstores’ shelves and beauty counters overclaim and underperform. Promising laboratory studies don’t always translate into real-world effectiveness in humans,” Wechsler says.

A study in the journal Clinical and Experimental Dermatology found that people who slept seven to nine hours a night had skin that was more moisturized and that could protect and heal itself better after being exposed to ultraviolet light compared to those who slept five hours or less.

Karin Olszewski, RN, of Samaritan Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery says that your skin is a barrier from light, gets, pollution etc. and when you sleep it is able to regenerate this barrier for tomorrow.

“Your skin goes through much of its restoration while you sleep. If you cut back on sleep you are reducing the amount of time the skin has to repair, which can affect the way you look,” Olszewski says.

According to Olszewski, skin cells regenerate more quickly at night. Collagen, the protein responsible for helping your skin keep its volume and elasticity, is produced as the skin cells regenerate. There is also more blood flow to the skin during sleep, which delivers the nutrients it needs to recover from a day of exposure to the elements.

 “Just like using sunscreen and quitting smoking, getting seven to nine hours of sleep at night can make a noticeable difference in how well you age,” Olszewski says.

So get those pjs on and get a good rest for the sake of your skin.


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