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How sleep affects your skin

Posted by Administrator on 3/27/2015

We all know that a few nights of missed sleep can cause puffiness, dark circles under the eyes and irritability.  But did you know that chronic sleep loss can lead to dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles. 

What exactly is happening to my skin?

Medical research has demonstrated how sleep affects the skin in a variety of ways:

Sleep deprivation causes your body to release more of the stress hormone called cortisol. In excess amounts, cortisol causes increased inflammation within the skin that ultimately breaks down skin collagen.  This is the protein that keeps your skin smooth & elastic. 

Besides giving you the gift of more wrinkles, it can also worsen your acne, reduce the skin’s ability to stay hydrated and supple, and cause skin sensitivity and irritation-the reasoning is due to a reduction in the skin’s ability to protect itself from chemicals and pollutants in the environment.

Sleep loss also causes the body to release too little human growth hormone. When we’re young, it promotes growth. As we age, it helps increase muscle mass, thicken skin, and strengthen bones. It’s during “deep sleep” when that growth hormone is released. 

Good sleep habits are essential for living a long, healthy, productive life, but sleep is equally important for healthy skin. Sleep allows the skin to restore its natural balance and increases the effectiveness of certain skin care ingredients, potentially providing more benefit to your skin. When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin will show it.

All in all, the bottom line is that sleep is vital for healthy, beautiful skin. 


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