Did you know that sleep is an essential element for good health and glowing, clear skin? It is necessary to get your beauty sleep if you desire to achieve a healthy and clear skin.
Benefits of a Beauty Sleep
- Sleep is important for skin regeneration as cellular regeneration peaks during the sleep hours. You may have noticed the skin glow when you wake up after a good 8-10 hours of peaceful sleep.
- Your liver keeps working while you take rest. It cleanses the blood and removes the toxins and harmful substances from blood, ultimately supplying clean and toxin-free blood to your skin making it healthy.
- The cortisol level in your body also reduces to low levels during sleep hours and gives the oxygen boost to your organs and your skin.
The Negative Effects
Irregular sleep patterns can negatively affect your overall health and beauty. They are listed below:
- Skin puffiness:
Inadequate sleep results in reduction and disruption of the repair process and ineffective removal of toxins and harmful substances from the blood. This in turn results in skin puffiness. Moreover, collagen and elastin production is also impaired due to irregular sleep cycles.
- Dark circles:
Dark circles are the most important and prominent sign of lack of sleep. Dark circles start to appear due to increased cortisol production, the stress hormone that your body produces when it is tired. Crux is that inadequate sleep causes dark circles to develop under your eyes and your skin will lack the natural glow and look dull.
- Poor skin elasticity:
A good night’s sleep is essential for increased collagen and elastin production. Poor sleep will result in poor skin elasticity due to reduces collagen and elastin production in the skin.
- Low immune system:
When your body is deprived of regenerating sleep, it can result in low immune activity. This can result in development of skin rashes and other autoimmune conditions.
- Eye bags and face swelling:
Lack of sleep can result in increased cortisol production. Cortisol is a hormone that causes blood vessels to swell to accommodate increased volume of blood. This typically affects the blood vessels under the eyes which result in formation of eye bags.
- Skin breakouts:
Irregular sleep patterns can cause increased oil production from the sebaceous glands. This results in clogging of pores and ultimately causes breakouts.
Tips to Improve Your Sleep:
- Once you are in bed, take a few simple and mindful breaths. This is to perform meditation and relax your mind so you can get a good night’s sleep.
- Go for a gentle walk and then take a bath with lavender essential oil.
- Most important tip is to avoid blue light from digital devices at least one hour before going to bed. This is because you need darkness to produce enough melatonin that is required for a deep and peaceful sleep.
- Maintain proper sleep hygiene which includes cleaning your bed and bed sheets, maintaining an optimal temperature in your room etc.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks before going to bed.
The Truth about Beauty sSeep and Glowing Skin by Dr. Liv
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Nouha is a passionate journalist and a beauty lover with valuable knowledge in the health and wellness industry. Nouha worked closely with nurses and doctors treating patients with diabetes, sleeping disorder and anxiety. Nouha is currently studying to become a nurse at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.