They don’t call it “beauty sleep” for nothing.
There is a truth to the term “beauty sleep” because while we sleep, our skin is in repair/regeneration mode. So without enough sleep, a number of skin issues may arise. Some show up immediately while other skin issues show up after having weeks, months, or even years of inadequate sleep.
The ugly truth to sleep deprivation is not just metaphorical.
Women usually know what they’re about to see in the mirror after a late night or early morning: dark circles, puffy eyes, and a dull complexion. Fortunately, these skin issues are typically just temporary condition. With a smart skincare routine and enough rest, skin will look good as new again.
But if you’re experiencing weeks of sleep deprivation or longer, you may start to notice that fine lines are more visible, there is hyperpigmentation (darker areas), and your skin feels saggier. At that point, your skin is also more prone to moisture loss and may have difficulty healing quickly from sunburn or sun damage.
But the thing is, sleep is a complex matter. Based on what I’ve read, researchers are not exactly sure why lack of sleep affects skin but there are a few theories that might explain it:
- Lack of sleep can lower blood pressure. Having low blood pressure means there is poor blood circulation in your body, making skin look dull and giving you puffy eyes.
- The stress hormone called cortisol is typically released by the body as a natural response after an inadequate night’s sleep. Cortisol breaks down collagen (the skin’s support structure) which makes skin sag more and wrinkles more visible.
The bottom line is: get enough sleep.
These tips may help to make it easier to fall asleep and improve the quality of your rest:
- Set a routine and stick to it. Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day.
- Try to make your room dark and quiet before hitting the sheets. Use blackout shades and a white noise machine if necessary.
- Keep your bedroom temperature cool.
- Don’t have any caffeine intake late in the day.
- Don’t drink too much alcohol.
But if you just can’t get enough sleep…
You have to do something to help out your skin.
- Use a trusted eye cream to reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles. Apply it around the eye area, massaging in a circular motion. This is to stimulate better blood flow and help the area look brighter and less puffy.
- Learn to exfoliate. Exfoliation removes the dead skin on your skin’s top layer. You may use exfoliating masks of a facial scrub to stimulate skin’s radiant complexion. Don’t forget to follow up with a moisturizer containing Niacinimide or glycolic acid. These two ingredients brighten the skin when it looks duller than usual.
It’s not just products in a bottle that you need in your skin care regimen. And it’s not just eating healthy, either. The next time you want to skip getting enough sleep, remember that it’s actually one of the most important things in your skincare regimen that you shouldn’t miss out on for a healthy, radiant, and beautiful complexion.
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