Our skin uses sleep to heal and repair itself and when we don’t get enough of it, we are likely to see the negative outcomes. Below are some results that a bad night’s sleep can create in our appearance.
Ageing: When it comes to the effects of sleep quality on skin ageing, it has been shown that poor sleep quality accelerates intrinsic ageing. This includes fine lines, reduced elasticity of the skin, collagen loss, and uneven pigmentation. Continuous lack of sleep is also believed to hinder the skin’s ability to recover from sun exposure — resulting in increased wrinkles, a weakened barrier, and significant collagen and elastin damage.
- Skin: Sleep deprivation can cause stress, which can impair collagen quality and lead to breakouts and congestion. When you have a poor night’s sleep, you’re more likely to wake up with a dull, uneven skin tone and more breakouts. Lack of sleep may also compromise the transepidermal water loss and our skin’s ability to retain moisture, resulting in a dry-out complexion
- Puffiness: Those individuals who suffer from insufficient sleep often wake up with swollen eyes and dark circles. Getting your beauty sleep can prevent this, resulting in you waking up with a brighter, sharper gaze.
- Inflammation: Poor sleep is associated with higher levels of inflammatory biomarkers.
Healthy Skin: Poor sleep is directly correlated with reduced skin health. Your skin uses the time during sleep to heal itself from the environmental stressors it was exposed to during the day. Not enough sleep can prevent your skin from fully healing from sun damage and can increase the severity of existing skin conditions.
- Fewer Breakouts: From hormonal acne to stress-related pimples, it can be hard to envision a perfect textured complexion. Stress and lack of sleep go hand in hand. Poor sleep can lead to increased cortisol levels which can lead to poor hormonal balance, which can lead to breakouts. Getting your beauty sleep can help mitigate those stress-generated congestions.