Is Sleep Important For Maintaining Skin Health?

A good night’s sleep can do wonders for your body, which needs the downtime to repair and grow cells that make you look younger. But how does it really work? What is the reason for people looking fresher and more rested with more sleep?

When you are sleep-deprived, your body produces more of the stress hormone cortisol. High levels of cortisol can lead to increased stress, as well as inflammation in the body, which reduces the quality of your skin. For individuals with inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne or psoriasis, lack of sleep can make their conditions more severe. Getting a good night’s sleep is the first step to maintaining good skin health. Here are some of the benefits that a good night’s sleep does for your skin:

Maintains The Collagen In Your Skin

We all know that collagen is the secret to supple, bouncy, glowing skin. Sometimes we try to get collagen from external sources, but we can also try our best to maintain the collagen that already exists in our skin – by giving ourselves enough sleep every night. Lack of sleep causes inflammation within the body which breaks down the collagen and hyaluronic acid in our skin, which give the skin its glowy, bouncy and translucent qualities.

Allows Your Body To Recover Moisture And Hydration

Your body’s hydration rebalances while you sleep. Your skin recovers moisture, and excess water in the body is processed and prepared to be removed. Without an adequate amount of sleep, you may end up with puffy eye bags and dark circles under the eyes, and also dryness and wrinkles on the skin. So remember to sleep enough to avoid losing body moisture.

Keeps You Looking Younger For Longer

There is a period called deep sleep when your body enters repair mode: it starts to fix all the damaged cells in your body, without you having to do anything about it. Your own growth hormones will take care of the job, but to do this you have to be asleep in the deeper phases, also known as REM sleep. Without these repairs, your body will accumulate the damages over time and eventually show obvious signs of aging.

Helps To Minimize Skin Conditions

If you have skin conditions like acne problems or sensitive skin, as well as allergies, going to sleep can reduce the inflammation. To control such skin conditions you not only have to use creams and products, but complement that routine with a good night’s sleep.

Necessary For Immune-Related Skin Problems

More serious skin problems such as psoriasis or eczema can flare up if you don’t have enough sleep, due to the increased inflammation in the body, which affects the body’s ability to regulate the immune system.

In order to maintain your beautiful, healthy glow, be sure to always get in a good night’s sleep, on top of other skincare routines. If you feel you need more serious help with your skin, consult Spark Laser Center to learn about our laser skin rejuvenation procedure, or try a chemical face peel for an instant glow.

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