How Sleeping Can Affect Your Skin
We've all heard the phrase, "I need to get some beauty sleep." Beauty sleep isn't just a cute term some people give naps. Sleep can actually impact your skin. Learn what you need to do to keep your skin looking its best.
Lack of Sleep Comes With Negative Results
Not getting enough sleep impacts your entire body; your brain doesn't work as well when it's low on Zs, and even your skin can get stressed out without a good night's rest. During sleep, your body does a lot of maintenance work, including removing dead cells and clearing paths for new blood and cells. There's a reason you look fresher in the morning: your outer (and inner) layers are refreshed.
Sleep also helps manage moisture in your skin, and lack of sleep can mean dehydration. That leads to red patches, itching and breakouts. Keeping your skin hydrated is extremely important. If your body isn't getting enough rest, you can mitigate these issues with natural skin care products, but even the best creams work alongside sleep rather than replace it.
How Much Sleep Is Best for Your Skin?
Experts recommend 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night for most adults. That's quality hours; if you're waking up constantly during the night, you're not getting the results you need.
Since every person is unique, you may need to find the number of hours that works for you. Most people don't get enough sleep, so try adding an hour a night and go from there; as you add more quality sleep to your life, you'll start to see benefits for your skin and your entire body.
It can take up to three weeks to see results, but some benefits of the right amount of sleep on a consistent basis include:
• Fewer wrinkles
• Skin that is brighter
• Reduction in dark circles under eyes
• Less puffing, especially around the eyes
• Fewer breakouts
An added benefit of healthy sleep is that the best skin care products are going to work even better for you. The flow of blood is more consistent and your skin has time to work on healing itself, which means it can get more benefits from the right organic skin care products.
For more tips read my 8 Tips for Healthier Skin.
So now go and take a nap!