How sleep affects your skin - part one
In the dead of winter, it can be easy to want to curl up under the blankets and hibernate. It turns out that this is great for your skin, too! Getting enough sleep is not only vital to your mind and body but also has a huge effect on your skin. Here are a few negative impacts your skin will feel if you do not have enough sleep.
- You deprive your brain, body and skin of nourishment
Sleep is fundamental and provides nourishment to your brain, body and skin. When you don’t get enough of it, you deprive each of its refueling source. During sleep, your body works to remove dead blood cells and brain cells. Your brain gets rid of 60 percent more toxins when you’ve had the proper amount of rest. A full night’s sleep will give your skin that wake-up glowing look.
- Your skin becomes imbalances, which can lead to a dehydrated complexion, redness and breakouts
Not getting enough sleep can affect the moisture levels in your skin and lowering your visage’s pH levels. When your skin’s pH levels drop, they can create imbalance, causing your skin to not to be able to produce the moisture it needs, making it look drier. Your skin can look less youthful and have less of a glow. A low pH level can also cause unnecessary redness, which can trigger breakouts. Using a skin tightening serum, such as our Age Defining™ Serum, can help create a more balanced looking and even skin tone.
- You can develop dark circles
As you sleep, your body’s cells regenerate, especially in the skin. Resisting shut eye is the number one reason your blood cells dilate, which can lead to dark circles under the eye. Getting enough sleep keeps everything in balance and will help reduce the blue or purple shadows under your eyes. Having trouble knowing how much sleep you need? Try going to bed 15 minutes earlier each night until you feel 100 percent awake during the day.
- Drinking alcohol before bed is not a good idea
If you have a drink 90 minutes before falling asleep, you will not enter the cell regenerating period of REM Sleep. There are four different stages to sleep. The third and fourth are the most important for your skin. This is when rapid eye movement (REM) occurs and cell regeneration happens. Alcohol is a REM sleep inhibitor. Consuming as little as two servings 90 minutes of your bedtime will prevent your system from operating optimally the next day. Avoiding alcohol before bed will prevent a dull complexion in the morning.
Sleep has so many affects on the body and mind, and not getting enough can have a negative impact on your skin. During this deep freeze, grab a warm, cozy blanket, hunker down and catch some sleep for healthy, glowing skin.