Beauty sleep – Restful, sufficient, and following a fixed rhythm: This is how you could describe optimal sleep, which is also good for your skin. But we would like to go deeper and answer the most important questions about (beauty) sleep.
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What Happens To The Skin During Sleep?
“I need my beauty sleep.” You may have used this phrase to excuse an early night’s sleep.
- The skin benefits from a restful sleep
- The skin’s metabolic processes boost, so the skin is better supplies with blood and oxygen.
- The release of growth hormones increases collagen formation. In addition, it increases the elasticity of the skin.
- The sleep hormone melatonin is released. It has an anti-oxidative effect and protects the skin from the free radicals exposed to, such as UV radiation, car exhaust fumes, and stress. In this way, the hormone counteracts premature skin aging.
What Happens To The Skin When You Don’t Sleep?
You slow down the skin’s repair mechanisms if you don’t sleep enough. A lack of sleep is particularly noticeable on the skin over an extended period. Typical skin symptoms include:
- Dark circles under the eyes
- More/deeper wrinkles
- Paler skin
- Red eyelids
- Swollen eyes
Tired skin can visibly cloud a look in the mirror. And it gets even harder: a Swedish study points out that these characteristics are also clearly visible to outsiders.
The eye area mainly shows signs of sleep deprivation. It is because the skin here is fragile and sensitive. As a result, poor blood circulation becomes noticeable here more quickly.
How Can I Help My Skin Regenerate?
Thorough Facial Cleansing
Before you go to sleep, you should permanently remove dirt particles, make-up, and the like from your skin. It allows your skin to concentrate fully on the regeneration processes at night and release metabolic products through the skin. Incidentally, this can lead to a greasy film on the skin in the morning. With or without a greasy film: facial cleansing is also a must in the morning to rid the skin of sweat and sebum.
Apply Night Care
Use skin care specially designed for the night. It is usually a little richer in lipids and optimally supports skin regeneration.
Change pillows regularly: It is unavoidable that sweat and sebum remain on the bed linen. Therefore, we recommend that you replace your pillowcases weekly to prevent the particles from returning to the skin and into the pores.
Choosing the correct sleeping position: We advise you to sleep on your back, especially if you want to avoid unnecessary wrinkles. Alternatively, pillows with a silk cover can relieve the skin of side and stomach sleepers. The fine material reduces friction on the skin and can thus contribute to a healthy skin barrier.
Beautiful Dreams – Beautiful Skin
By continuously paying attention to healthy sleep hygiene, i.e., restful and sufficient sleep, you are already doing your skin some good. Fixed routines and not using smartphones in the bedroom can also contribute to a healthy sleep rhythm. In addition, adapted night care supports sleep’s positive, skin-specific effects.
We are confident: With this knowledge, it will now be easier for you to attach a little more importance to your sleep. Your skin will thank you with a radiantly beautiful complexion.
Sleep makes a lot of things more beautiful. Proper sleep helps in developing the skin and providing the required nutrients. The diet we consume benefits only after a good sleep. Therefore, a person needs to have a minimum of 6hrs sleep.