Sleep Can Give You a Youthful Look
Have you ever wondered why some women look stunning well into their golden years, while others have more wrinkles than an elephant’s elbow by the time they are 30? Well, there are of course many possible answers to that question. Sleep however undoubtedly plays a massive role.
It should come as absolutely no surprise to you that quality sleep is an essential part of any skincare regime. It is called ‘getting your beauty sleep’ after all! Below we take a quick look at just some of the many ways in which sleep can keep you looker younger, and fresher, for longer.
Sleep is when the skin is repaired
While you lie in bed dreaming of applying suncream to Ryan Gosling, your body is hard at work repairing and replenishing itself from the hardships you have put it through during the day. In fact, what the body gets up while we have our eyes closed is quite mind-boggling. The experts at The Sleep Advisor go into in far more detail if you’re interested.
For starters, when the body enters so-called ‘deep wave’ sleep, powerful chemical transmitters known as human growth hormones are released. These hormones trigger the process of cell repair. If you don’t get enough sleep, or your sleep is of a poor quality, say you wake frequently, then this process is far less effective.
The result of consistently skipping out on sleep, or sleeping poorly, is that damage to our skin cells that could’ve been repaired is left too long too long and gets to the stage where it is irreversible. Lines that could’ve been ironed out by a good night’s sleep become entrenched as wrinkles. Bags under the eyes that could have been sent packing become permanent features. Yikes!
Patricia Wexler, MD, a dermatologist in New York believes that only sleeping five hours a night compared to say seven could lead to up to twice as many fine lines appearing on your poor face.
Sleep is stress relief
When we are stressed not only do we bite our nails and pull our hair, we also do our skin damage too.
Elevated levels of cortisol, also known as the ‘stress hormone’, can trigger the sebaceous glands in our skin to produce more sebum, an oily secretion that helps to waterproof our skin. Too much sebum can clog our pores and lead to inflammation and the collection of bacteria, the result being a breakout of acne. Noooo, not pimples!
Not only that but cortisol can actually accelerate the telltale signs of aging. Increasing the development of wrinkles, age spots and basically taking the youthful shine out of your coat. Urgh! Nightmare.
Thankfully, however, good sleep is the perfect antidote to stress. The better you sleep the lower your cortisol levels will be and the healthier you skin will remain. Time to hit the hay I think!
Sleep and hydration
Hydration people. If you want to stay looking young and healthy you just have to keep hydrated. Simple as that. Think of your skin as a beautiful garden, if you keep it well watered it will flourish and bloom, if you don’t it will wither away.
Quality sleep is one way to help keep your skin well hydrated. When you are at rest, dreaming of Ryan Gosling asking you to help him get out of the bath, your body attempts to regulate various things in preparation for the following day. One of the things it attempts to balance being the water levels in your system.
If you’ve kept yourself nicely topped up with fluids during the day then the body won’t have much of a problem during the night.
If however you didn’t drink enough, or naughty you drank too much alcohol before bed, then the body might go in search of water. Unfortunately for your poor skin, your body will often borrow moisture from here to keep vital functions well watered. That’s why when you wake up with a bad hangover you will find sunken eyes and a dry puffy face staring back at you.
So how much should you drink? Well, have you ever seen an elephant drinking at the zoo – that’s how much! Seriously, you really can’t drink enough water. Your skin will thank you.
Sleep and rosy cheeks
Healthy sleep promotes healthy blood flow. Sleep deprivation, on the other hand, decreases blood flow to non vital areas, like your skin. This loss of blood means that your complexion can suffer come morning time. Instead of waking with the rosy cheeks of youth you may find a drab, ashen face staring back in the mirror. Argh!
Well, there you go beauty fans, a few of the many ways that healthy sleep will keep you looking shiny and young for longer. And the benefits of a good night’s rest aren’t just skin deep. Quality sleep will not only keep you looking young, it will keep you feeling young and healthy too. Here’s to sleep!