“Beauty sleep” isn’t a myth. Every single one of us needs their own “beauty sleep” if they want to avoid skin problems.
In a previous article on this website, we talked about the power of a good night’s sleep on the body. In this article, we will focus on the effects of sleep deprivation on one’s skin.
Sleep affects skin? Who knew!!
Just like lack of sleep can have undesired effects on your weight gain, it can affect your skin in a very bad way!
When you get enough sleep, you help your skin to be nourished and rejuvenated, avoiding thus unnecessary stress caused by the apparition of a spot or a pimple on your face. But what about the effects of sleep deprivation on your skin? If sleeping as much and as properly as you should makes your skin feel elastic and young, how does lack of sleep make your skin feel?
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Your already existing skin problems get worse
When you don’t get enough sleep, your stress levels rise dramatically. It is a well-known fact that stress has the worst effects on your skin, which ends up in you getting even more stressed out, and that’s how you find yourself in an endless loop which has its own bad impact on your sleep quality.
What stress does is that it releases hormones in your body which are responsible for the quality of your skin. They tend to cause severe inflammations leading to bad skin conditions such as acne.
So when you are already dealing with skin problems, lack of sleep and the stress that results from it only end up in making everything worse: the inflammation gets more severe and more serious, and you get more breakouts.
Your skin doesn’t get the nourishment it needs
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. And just like any organ, it needs energy that comes from food. What’s more important Is that sleep is as important if not important than food for the body to function properly. And when you don’t get enough sleep, you basically prevent your skin from being nourished the way it should.
When you are asleep, your body is charged of ridding your skin from all the dead cells accumulated throughout the day, so that it can replace them with new ones. Toxins are also eliminated when you are sleeping.
When you are not getting the sleep you need, none of this happens, which leaves your skin dirty with toxins and dead cells.
Your skin’s pH levels get messed up
Sleep deprivation can cause your skin to lose the moisture it needs as well as have its pH levels drop towards acidity. That makes your complexion look less healthy, and makes you overall lose your glow.
The drop of pH levels makes your skin drier, which can provoke unwanted acne and breakouts.
Dark circles become your enemies
As we explained above, when you are sleeping, your body replaces your dead cells with new ones.
On the contrary, when you are awake for a longer period of time than you should, those dead cells are conserved, which causes your blood vessels to dilate, and that is basically the source of dark circles.
Lack of sleep makes your skin age faster
Have you ever heard about how sleeping can help one to grow taller. That is because when you are sleeping, your body releases the growth hormone, responsible on one part for your height, but also for the regeneration of your cells. When your damaged cells aren’t fixed, your skin tends to age much faster.
How to deal with it?
If you want to overcome all these skin issues caused by your lack of sleep, then it is necessary for you to find ways to get the sleep you need. You may want to check our article about sleep deprivation and the benefits of adjustable beds if you want to learn more about sleep deprivation and how to cope with it.
Meanwhile, here are some tips for you to take care of your skin and reduce the damages that lack of sleep may cause:
- Drink water: Drinking water will help hydrate your body, and consequently your skin that happens to be drier than usual because of the lack of sleep. That way, you will be able to moisturize your body from within, and you will also help regulating the pH levels.
- Exercise: When you exercise, you enable your body to get rid of toxins faster than it would on its own, helping thus your skin to breathe after taking a hot shower where you make sure to exfoliate.
- Use a moisturizer: As your skin gets drier the less you sleep, you need to make sure that you are using a moisturizer that suits your skin type to keep the moisture in your skin. It will help you combat dryness, will make your skin feel fresher and rejuvenated.
- Conceal your dark circles: Dark circles happen to anybody. You can use a concealer to hide them. You can also use skin-tightening products on them to treat them.
These tips will definitely make your skin feel better, which will reduce a lot of stress that may make you stay awake at night.