Sleep, What those zZz’s can do for your skin

We know that sleep is important for many different reasons. That includes proper brain function, digestion, healing and repair of your heart vessels and also for your skin.

But beauty sleep is also the key to healthy, glowing skin. The average person should be getting around 8 hours of sleep per night and those eight hours are the key to the fountain of youth.

Sleep and Hormones

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Without a good night’s sleep, your skin can get stressed. Stress makes the cortisol levels in your skin sky-rocket, while sleeping lowers those cortisol levels. Without sleep, our cortisol levels don’t have time to lower. Low cortisol levels help our skin to regenerate and protect itself.

Acne and the ZzZ’s

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Dead skin cells are constantly shedding their way off the top layer of our skin and healthy, new skin cells are being brought to the surface. Lack of sleep prevents those dead skin cells from shedding off naturally causing them to build up on the skin. This build up can, in turn, cause dry patches, excessive oil production and those pesky, inflamed, red spots.

Glowing Skin

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Say bye to that dewy, rosy complexion. A lack of sleep can reduce the blood flow through your face, leaving it to appear pale and bringing out dark, under eye circles. A study found that sleep-deprived people can also appear sadder than those who have had a good night’s sleep.

Our defense system weakens

When we lack sleep, our skin’s body guards cannot protect us. During our sleep, our skin’s natural anti-oxidants are at work keeping our skin protected from the UV rays and free radicals that can prematurely age us.

Sleep and Retinol

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Sleep goes hand-in-hand with Retinol. Being a form of vitamin A, retinol encourages cell turnover in the skin. It helps to restructure the formation of wrinkles, boosts the elasticity of the skin, slows down the breakdown of collagen and provides the skin with the deep hydration it needs. Retinol is mainly found in night creams as it is a product that makes the skin very sensitive to the sun making it more likely to get sunburned. A SPF 30 sunscreen (or higher) should always be used during the day hours when using a strong Retinol night cream.