We have all heard that sleep is good for our mind, body and lifestyle. But did you know that your level of sleep also affects your skin?
Here are 6 ways lack of sleep can affect your skin condition:
1. Worsening existing skin conditions
Lack of sleep can lead to increased inflammatory response, so conditions such as acne, skin sensitivity, allergic dermatitis, eczema and etc. are more likely to become worse.
2. Skin's natural beauty
Increased inflammatory cells in the body can lead to breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, which are responsible for skin's natural glow, bounce and translucency.
3. Immune-related skin problems
Lack of sleep affects body's ability to regulate the immune system. This not only leads to getting sick more often, but also flares up immune-related skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema.
4. They don't call it "beauty sleep" for nothing
Whilst you are asleep your body hydration rebalances. Skin recovers moisture, which excess water in the body is processed for removal. Lack of sleep results in poor water balance, leading to puffy bags under your eyes, dark circles, as well as dryness and more visible wrinkles.
5. Accelerated ageing of the skin
Deep sleep allows damaged cells to repair. Without those deeper phases of sleep, daily small breakdowns accumulate, instead of being reversed overnight. This leads to much more noticeable signs of ageing.
6. Weight gain
Good sleep makes you feel less hungry throughout the day, limiting your calorie consumption. So sleep helps with weight management, which is good for your skin.
As we said earlier, they definitely don't call it "beauty sleep" for nothing. So make sure to give your body a good 7-8 hour sleep daily and the improvements in your skin, as well as your general wellbeing, won't keep you waiting!
Here's a few tips on how to improve your sleep:
- Don't eat a big meal too late in the evening, allow at least 2-3 hours between dinner and going to bed
- Avoid using electronics in the bedroom such as your laptop or your phone, try to read a book instead
- Have a chamomile tea before bed - it helps to unwind and relax after a long day
- Avoid using detergents with strong fragrances
- Drink plenty of water during the day, but not before going to bed