Once you drift off into dreamland each night, your brain starts going into repair mode. It clears out all the trauma that accumulates during the daytime. So when you wake up the next morning, you can think and function more clearly.
Your brain isn’t the only thing that performs major maintenance while you sleep. So does the rest of your body—including your skin. During snooze time, your body is hard at work building fresh, healthy cells to replace ones that are older or damaged.
The skin cells and cells throughout your body need you to sleep to function at their best. And when you don’t log enough hours, it’s harder for those new skin cells to grow. Over time, that can make your face start to look ashen and wrinkled.
And that’s just the beginning. Too little shuteye causes the blood vessels in your body to expand. That causes blood to pool and settle under your eyes—result-ing in the dark circles and puffy eyes, the classic giveaway off not getting enough sleep.
Couple that with red or glassy eyes, pale face and that blank, spaced-out look most of us get after we’ve been up all night, and you can see how sleep depri-vation can leave you looking far from your best.
And it can all start to happen after just one or two nights of poor sleep. When skimping on sleep becomes an everyday thing, you run the risk of gaining weight 😱 , getting sick 🤢 , and even becoming depressed 🥵. None of which will do great things for your appearance.
BENEFITS OF GOOD SLEEP ON SKIN
SKIN SMOOTH AND PLUMBED SKIN
While you sleep a HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE is RELEASED which is essential for stimulating the production of collagen, the protein that helps your skin stay supple, elas-tic, and wrinkle-free. (Or at least, less wrinkled).
EVEN SKIN TONE AND LESS ACNE OUTBREAKS
Old skin cells can make your COMPLEXION look duller. They can also clog your pores and cause breakouts. Sleep is the thing your skin needs to BUILD NEW CELLS—so when you get enough of it, your complexion starts to look clearer and more luminous.
IMPROVED HEALTHIER SKIN COLOUR
MELATONIN is the only known hormone synthesised by the pineal gland and is released in response to darkness hence the name, “HORMONE OF DARKNESS”. Melatonin provides a circadian and seasonal signals. Melatonin is produced through a cascade of enzymatic reactions. Melatonin CONTROLS PIGMENTATION changes by aggregation of Melanin into the melanocytes within the skin, causing the skin to CHANGE COLOUR. This interaction is also responsible for the paler skin colour of elderly people and those with insomnia.
HEALTHY HAIR AND NAILS
Your skin isn’t the only thing that benefits from a healthy supply of COLLAGEN. The protein is essential for keeping your hair and nails strong, so they’re less prone to breakage, brittleness, or cracking.
CLEARER BRIGHTER EYES
Getting more of shuteye time is giving your eyes time to get well hydrated and mois-turised. More restful time prevents the strain on your sight and the look of your eyes.
People who get enough sleep tend to weigh less than people who don’t. In part, that’s because lack of sleep can set you up to crave unhealthy foods like sugary and refined carbs or you just end up eating more when in fact you could be already sleeping.
A MORE HAPPY YOU
All that stress and irritability that comes from not sleeping can show up on your face. But when you feel at your best, you’re more likely to look your best, too.