There is a truth behind the term “beauty dream”! While we sleep, our skin and body are in repair mode. Sleep deprivation can lead to a series of skin problems. Some appear immediately and others are the result of weeks, or even years, of inadequate sleep.

The Downside of Poor Sleep

Most women know what to expect when they look in the mirror after a night or early in the morning: dark circles, swollen eyes and a dull, washed complexion. Luckily, these are usually temporary and with an intelligent skin care regimen and a good rest, your skin looks good as new.

However, after weeks of sleep deprivation, you may begin to see more fine lines, hyperpigmentation and more sagittal skin.

The dream is complex and researchers are not completely sure why lack of sleep affects the skin. Some possible explanations:

  • Lack of sleep can lower blood pressure, making the skin look dull and cause poor circulation, resulting in swollen eyes.
  • The stress hormone cortisol can be released after a night of inadequate sleep. It is known that cortisol is involved in the breakdown of collagen (supporting structure of the skin) and can contribute to the lack of firmness and wrinkles.

Steps to Better Sleep

These strategies can make it easier to fall asleep and improve the quality of your rest:

  • Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day.
  • Sleep in a dark, quiet room. Use blackout shades and a noise machine if necessary.
  • Keep your bedroom cool.
  • Skip the caffeine late in the day.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol.
  • Reduce the use of electronic equipment for at least one hour before bed time.

When You Can’t Get Enough Sleep

o Give your skin a helping hand on difficult mornings:

  • Use an eye cream to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Apply massaging with circular movements to stimulate blood flow and help the area look brighter and less swollen.
  • Exfoliate dead skin with a facial scrub to stimulate the radiant complexion of the skin. Follow with a moisturizer that contains Niacinamide or glycolic acid, both clear the skin when it looks more off than normal.

So the next time you want to skimp on getting your zzz, remember that sleep is actually one of the most important steps in your skin care regimen and the key to a healthy appearance.

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