Beauty Sleep Benefits: Snooze your way to beautiful skin
August 21, 2013
You’ve probably already noticed that when you skimp on sleep, it shows on your face. Tired skin sags, bags, and loses its lustre. Not enough sleep can also make you more stressed, and everyone can see that tension. While you sleep, your skin renews itself. New skin cells grow and replace older cells. It’s also a time when all sorts of hormonal and metabolic changes happen in and the body, including your skin. A lack of sleep can disrupt those processes.
Sleep, though, is not only essential for maintaining heart health, improving concentration and reducing stress, but also vital for repairing sun damage, preventing acne and even maintaining a healthy glow! They don’t call it beauty sleep benefits or nothing! Bloodshot eyes, bags, dark under-eye circles, and puffiness can all be reduced, if not completely erased, by getting enough sleep. To further reduce puffiness and darkness under your eyes, sleep on your back with your head slightly elevated.
Sleep can work as automatic relief for ashy, washed-out skin. While you snooze, your skin renews itself and grows more, which helps you achieve that healthy glow that we all strive for. Sleep deprivation has been shown to increase inflammation, as well as insulin resistance, both of which are major culprits of acne. In addition, sleep helps to build a strong immune system, which in turn works to fight infection so that blemishes clear up more quickly.
While you sleep your body produces more protein, allowing cells to repair damage – including those harmed from ultraviolet rays and pollution. To enhance the benefits, dermatologists suggest applying products with anti-aging ingredients like glycolic acid at night.
To ensure you get a good night sleep, listen to relaxation CD’s, avoid snacking sugary foods before bed, use a sleeping mask to block any light, switch off your mind by avoiding television or work just before bed, make yourself warm and cozy, read a laid back book, write down worrying thoughts or to do lists before sleeping, avoid caffeine, sip water to avoid going to the bathroom at midnight, take a warm bath and use candles or aromatherapy to create a relaxing environment.
If you are an insomniac and still have difficulty sleeping, opt for a stress relieving body massage twice a month to help your body feel light and your mind feel refreshed.