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Beauty Sleep – Why We Need Them

Categories : Wellness

Getting sufficient sleep should be part of your beauty routine. Too many have skimmed on the required 7-9 hours daily sleep in favour of social engagement, work, study, entertainment activities such as watching TV or reading a book. Modern lifestyles often get in the way of a good night’s sleep. However, it becomes evident on our skin very quickly with a lack of sleep.

Here are some of the reasons why making the effort to ensure we clock in sufficient sleep is important for your beauty routine:

Skin needs time to repair and rejuvenate

The skin makes collagen during your sleep. Without sufficient sleep, you may break that cycle which is important to maintain youthful looking skin. Furthermore, cells regenerate and repair during our sleep. Disrupt this means you’ll be depriving your skin the full potential to repair and rejuvenate.

Check Stress hormone

Not enough sleep leads to an increase in stress hormones in our bodies. Notably the increased levels of cortisol in the body. This could lead to the rise of inflammation cells in the body which impacts the quality of your skin. These include the breaking down of collagen and hyaluronic acid.

Slows ageing process

Lower collagen and hyaluronic acid production, coupled with the impairing of the skin’s rejuvenation process would lead to noticeable signs of ageing; namely more visible fine lines and wrinkles.

Better Blood Circulation

The lack of sleep hampers the flow of blood, making your skin look pale and lacklustre. Clock-in sleep hours to improve the look of your skin.

Improve Skin Texture

The moisture levels in your skin decreases when you don’t get enough sleep, which lowers your complexion’s pH levels and loses the glow to your skin.

Avoid Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles

Not getting enough sleep usually shows up on the skin under your eyes, with puffy eye bags and dark circles. The lack of sleep may cause blood vessels under the thin skin of the eyes to dilate, creating darker colourization under the eye.

Hair Health

The lack of sleep can affect the hair texture and the increased stress hormone may cause more hairs to fall out.

Weight Management

As mentioned, sleep deprivation may lead to the increased presence of the stress hormone cortisol. Increased cortisol has been linked to weight gain. Furthermore, there are studies which show a correlation between sleep deprivation and excess snacking and calorie consumption.