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Sleep for healthy skin
Article by: Amanda     |     Date: February 12 , 2018

Getting quality rest at night is actually really important for healthy skin and a complexion that looks good.

It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep every day of the week – sometimes we have a big night out, others we might get insomnia or be woken unexpectedly. We can easily see the effects of this on our energy levels and often our mood, but the effect on our skin is less easy to measure.

Getting quality rest at night is actually really important for healthy skin and a complexion that looks good. Here’s are some of the reasons:

The eye area

Many of us have experienced dark circles or puffiness under the eyes after a night or two of poor sleep. Sleep is one of the things that encourages strong circulation and blood flow to the skin, so it’s at times of less sleep that slower circulation can produce dark circles below the eye where skin is thinner. Blood may also collect there and result in under eye bags.

Stress and inflammation

Lack of quality sleep can translate to stress, which comes from an increase of the hormone cortisol in the body. In turn, that can mean inflammation in the body and the skin, and it’s possible to experience redness and breakouts. If you have an existing skin condition like dermatitis or eczema, this response can make these conditions worse.

The ageing effect

If we don’t get long enough stretches of deep sleep, the process of cellular regeneration and repair that would normally take place is affected. And some studies such as this one suggest there is a link between lack of sleep and impaired collagen production and an effect on the skin’s structural integrity. Collagen plays a major role in firming skin and can mean fewer wrinkles.

A duller complexion

When we sleep, the circulation of blood to our face and skin is increased. So there’s a glow we miss out on if we’re deprived of sleep.

Tips for a good night’s rest:

  • Prepare for sleep: Try to get into a routine that gets you relaxed at night – maybe read a few pages of a book instead of watching a movie or looking at your phone in that last phase before bed.
     
  • Get your room right: Think about taking the TV and devices out of your room. Make sure you’ve got good curtains for full darkness at night and the temperature is just right for slumber.
     
  • Food and drink: Avoid eating or large drinks close to bedtime. Caffeine can be especially sleep disrupting for some, especially if it’s consumed in the afternoon.
     
  • Exercise: Getting out for a walk, a swim or a run can help set you up for a good rest. Think about regular after work exercise and see if it works for you.

    This article is not intended to substitute for medical advice. For any concerns, consult your health professional.

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