Getting enough sleep at night has frequently been referred to as “beauty rest” for ages. But does getting enough sleep really have an effect on your appearance, or is that a myth our mothers told us just to get us to finally go to sleep? Read on and find out as we discuss five ways beauty rest really does affect your skin!
Getting the proper amount of sleep and beauty rest your body needs is an essential factor in producing and regulating your hormones. Hormone production and regulation are dependent not only on the amount of sleep you get but the quality of the sleep you get also. This means achieving full REM sleep each night.
A prime example is the production of growth hormones in adolescents to build muscle mass and repair tissues and cells. This is why their age group generally requires more sleep than the average adult. The production of these tissue-repairing growth hormones while you sleep is also integral to repairing daily damage to your skin and preventing premature aging as you get older.
While getting enough beauty rest produces helpful hormones like growth hormones, not getting enough beauty rest causes your body to stress. In response to this stress, your body produces the stress hormone cortisol, which can have damaging effects on the skin. Cortisol especially negatively affects your body’s collagen production, which is a protein that increases the elasticity and plump appearance of your skin.
Sleep deprivation dehydrates your body while getting enough beauty rest allows your body to stay properly hydrated while you sleep.
Skin is the largest organ in the human body. Therefore, one of the most important benefits of staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water and getting enough sleep is that it boosts your skin’s health and complexion.
Your skin is made up of about 60% water, so proper hydration is paramount in skin function, feel, and appearance. Dehydration and sleep deprivation cause your skin to become dry, flaky, and prone to premature wrinkling. Alternatively, fully rested and hydrated skin tends to retain elasticity longer and to be more radiant, clear, and glowing.
Getting enough sleep is called “beauty rest” for so many reasons, including helping you wake up with a glowier, brighter complexion! Your body repairs itself by bringing nutrients, oxygen, and other repairing agents to your cells through blood flow and circulation. Blood flow is reduced when you don’t get enough sleep and is maximized when you do. Therefore, when you get enough sleep and beauty rest, your body is able to get extra nutrients and oxygen to your skin that it needs to stay vibrant, repaired, and fresh each morning.
Getting all the beauty rest your body needs also helps to reduce the damaging effects of inflammation. While you sleep, your body produces anti-inflammatory agents. Prolonged inflammation can be extremely damaging to your body, especially your skin. Anti-inflammatory agents can help reduce the damage and other harmful effects of inflammation on the appearance of your skin.
The increased circulation and blood flow that occurs while you sleep does not only increase the nutrients and oxygen available within your body for necessary repairs. It also increases the efficacy of any topical skincare products you might apply while you sleep. This is why a quality night cream paired with quality beauty rest can be an excellent anti-aging routine.
At Southern Secrets Medical Spa, we offer aesthetic services and treatments that help improve your skin, and so much more! Give us a call or come visit to schedule a consultation to see how we can help! Our skincare professionals are experienced, skilled, and passionate about getting the appearance of your skin back to its most youthful potential and allowing you to regain your confidence.