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Beauty Sleep



In today’s fast-paced society, we’re often struggling to get the amount of sleep our body needs. We’re skipping sleep in favor of longer work hours, technological devices in bed, and inability to switch off. Sleep deprivation has a number of negative consequences not only for our body but for our skin as well.


“Beauty” sleep is not just an old wives’ tale.  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 ZZZZ’s, your skin will show it.


Not enough sleep results in less beauty. While you’re sleeping, the body’s hydration rebalances. Skin is able to recover moisture, while excess water in general in the body is processed for removal. Not getting enough sleep results in poor water balance, leading to puffy bags under your eyes and under-eye circles, as well as dryness and more visible wrinkles.


101606559_wNot enough sleep detracts from your skin’s natural beauty. Increased inflammatory cells in the body lead to an increase in the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, the molecules that give the skin its glow, bounce, and translucency.


Not enough sleep accelerates the aging process. During deep sleep, the rise in growth hormones allows damaged cells to become repaired. Without the deeper phases of sleep, this won’t occur, allowing daily small breakdowns to accumulate instead of being reversed overnight. This results in more noticeable signs of aging.


Not enough sleep contributes to weight gain. Sleep also helps with weight management, which is good for your skin. Sleep makes you feel less hungry, recent studies have linked sleep deprivation to excess snacking and calorie consumption.


Here are tips for getting good sleep and better skin health:


  • Don’t eat a big meal too late in the day.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day, but not late at night.
  • Sleep under a warm blanket in a cool, dark, quiet room.
  • Keep electronics out of the bedroom.
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks and chocolates in the afternoon.
  • Try to maintain a gap of 2-3 hours between your dinner and bedtime. If you must eat something prefer high protein like a handful of almonds.
  • Avoid alcohol! Even though a few drinks can make you feel drowsy, alcohol actually disrupts a peaceful sleep. Alcohol breaks down as sugar, and, therefore, causes a rise in insulin, and it affects the release of brain chemicals that change both quality and duration and the ability to reach deep REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.
  • Use breathable cotton sheets and wash them regularly, so they don’t collect dust mites and bacteria.
  • Use laundry detergents that don’t have strong fragrances, which can be irritating to the skin.


Getting your beauty sleep isn’t an old cliché — it’s a must for having skin that glows.


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