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Did you get your beauty sleep last night? If your answer was yes, then I bet you feel rejuvenated, look incredible and are ready to conquer the day ahead of you. If you answered no…. well, we suggest you take some notes. Not only is a good night’s rest important for your overall health, but it is also crucial to having beautiful skin. I bet a lot of you might scoff at the phrase “beauty-sleep”, viewing it as only a myth created to trick us. However, we are about to let you in on a little secret, beauty sleep is definitely real. Your sleep patterns have a huge effect on how your skin looks, feels, and builds itself. Getting a proper night’s rest can help you attain a beautiful complexion. This is not a drill! So scroll down for more information on how vital those Zzz’s you might have taken for granted really are!
Just like when our cell phones become low in battery and need to be plugged into an outlet, our skin needs time to recharge itself too. After spending our day outside in the environment, we subject our skin to various harmful elements such as pollution, germs, air quality and UV rays. Add on the current events with face masks being a requirement almost everywhere? Our skin is highly exposed to several types of bacteria that can affect the way they look, feel, and function.
Our skin is designed to act like a barrier and protect our organs from outside exposures, but sometimes, those exposures can become too drastic and affect our skin in ways we didn’t expect. When we sleep, our skin produces collagen, an essential regeneration protein which is a main building block important in assisting the elasticity and skin regrowth. Less collagen? A less youthful and firm complexion.
Don’t forget about our cortisol levels! When we sleep, our cortisol levels decrease, keeping them at a level that will allow the skin to naturally regenerate itself. When you don’t get enough sleep, that’s when the levels rise. High levels of cortisol can actually stop the skin from healing itself, cause breakouts and wrinkles, and break down the collagen our body has been busy producing.
Sleep is key to keep stress levels low. This way our collagen isn’t being broken down, our cortisol levels are low and new cells are fixing the damage that might’ve occurred during the day!
Have you ever noticed how you not only feel exhausted when you don’t get enough sleep, but you also look exhausted too? No, just us? Whenever you sleep fewer than 7 hours during the night, you will notice you wake up less “alive” than usual. Your complexion will look dull and lifeless, not sporting that beautiful glow we all strive for. Sleeping less can increase cortisol levels, which causes inflammation. It can also leave our skin dry, foregoing a plump and bright look. If a youthful glowy complexion is your goal, then make sure you stick to a routine of sleeping at least 7 hours a night, it’ll assist your body in boosting its blood flow, which will help you glow like a goddess!
Have the bags under your eyes become more prominent? Has your face become noticeably more puffy than usual, making getting ready for work or going out in public overwhelming? Well, not getting enough sleep can contribute to you waking up with a fuller complexion than normal. Our bodies aren’t able to flush out the excess fluids it needs to. A lack of sleep, and the stress from it, actually causes your face to swell up from water retention, and the blood vessels under your eyes to dilate- creating a darker under-eye area.
Okay, unfortunately sleep cannot magically cure all wrinkles (pre-existing and future- caused by the natural aging process), otherwise you wouldn’t catch us leaving our bed anytime soon! However, getting proper sleep can reduce and prevent more wrinkles from appearing. While wrinkles are a natural sign of aging and active facial movements, attaining a sleep routine can help prevent new wrinkles from forming. If you don’t get enough sleep, it can lead to your skin aging faster than before. Think of sleep like an all-natural anti-aging treatment, spa appointments and Botox aren’t necessary. 😉
We can attest that not having a full night’s rest can make us cranky, so much so that a good cup of coffee can’t fully revive us. Did you know that not catching enough Zzz’s can actually affect our overall appearance and make us look sad? The American Academy of Sleep Medicine performed a study on sleep deprivation and expressed how “sleep deprivation was associated with paler skin, more wrinkles or fine lines, and more droopy corners of the mouth. People also looked sadder when sleep deprived than after normal sleep, and sadness was related to looking fatigued”. So if you’re trying to look younger, don’t neglect tucking yourself in earlier, your appearance and body will definitely thank you!
Remember, sleep is not only crucial in feeling alive, but it is also vital to looking alive too. When we don’t get enough sleep, we can become extremely stressed out, which can affect how we think, act, feel and look. I know sometimes we have to stay up late to score that beautiful new purse we’ve been eyeing that drops at midnight, or dance the night away at our friend’s birthday party…. but don’t let falling behind on your sleep become a habit! Neglecting your body from its need of shut-eye can do more damage than good. So fight off the potential wrinkles, breakouts, dryness, irritation and dullness! Put your phone on do not disturb, grab your eye mask, and hit the sack! A pro tip? Invest in a silk pillowcase. Enhance your skin and hair benefits with the silky soft addition. We promise you won’t regret it!