Getting an optimal amount of sleep each night does more than make you feel refreshed – it turns out that it makes you look more refreshed, too. While you sleep, your body is hard at work repairing the skin, which means a healthier, more youthful complexion. It’s no wonder we call it “beauty rest”!
Sleep deprivation can cause myriad skin challenges. Lack of sleep increases production of the stress hormone cortisol, creating an inflammatory response in the body. This stresses the skin and worsens skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. Inflammation also contributes to the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, which give skin its radiance, firmness, and translucency.
Not all hormones are bad, however. During sleep, the body also produces high levels of human growth hormone and melatonin, which aid in repairing and protecting the skin, respectively.
Sleep is also a time for the body to rebalance hydration. Not enough rest can mean dull, dry skin; more visible wrinkles; and puffy eyes. Seven to nine hours of sleep each night is ideal for healthy skin maintenance. Here’s a breakdown of what happens to your skin while you sleep:
Early Sleep: The first one to three hours of sleep are the deepest rest you’ll get all night. During this phase, your body produces the most human growth hormone, critical to skin repair.
Middle Sleep: During the middle two hours of sleep, deep sleep diminishes and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep begins. Production of melatonin, a hormone that serves as a skin-protecting antioxidant, is at its maximum.
End Sleep: The last three hours of rest are when you get the most REM sleep. Your skin’s temperature reaches its lowest point, muscles relax, and skin is able to optimally recover.
Always cleanse skin before hitting the sheets – choose an Actifirm cleanser that works for your skin type – and always apply a moisturizer. Actifirm 40 Winks Rest-N-Firm is ideal for overnight repair and rejuvenation.
As with most lifestyle choices, what’s good for your overall health is also good for your skin. Proper rest is a habit that will not only help you feel your best, but look your best as well.