7 Ways Lack of Beauty Sleep Affects Your Skin
Neglecting sleep. We've all been guilty of it at some point - whether it's because of late night partying, cramming for exams or that middle of the night newborn feed - getting those required 8 hours of shuteye a night can sometimes feel impossible. And you're not alone. According to the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), 33% of American adults aren't getting the required amount of beauty sleep they need every night. It's even considered a public health problem! But what you might not realize is that not getting enough ZZZ's can actually be detrimental to your physical health. Not only that it can also wreak havoc on your skin. That's why it's so important to practice some self-care and carve out some "me time" in your day, whether it's spending more time on your skincare routine or doing some yoga or meditation. So read on to discover the 7 ways sleep deprivation affects your skin health and the sleep tips and tricks that will help you get back to clear, beautiful skin.
7 Surprising Ways Sleep Deprivation Can Wreak Havoc on your Skin:
1. Your skin becomes imbalanced, leading to a dehydrated complexion and redness.
Lack of sleep can really do a number on your skin. Not getting enough ZZZ's every night decreases the moisture levels of your skin and lowers your complexion's pH levels, which in turn causes skin to look dull and aged. A decrease in pH levels also creates an imbalance in your skin, causing it to look more dry and uneven, and even creates unneccessary redness.
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2. You get dark circles under your eyes
One of the most telling signs of sleep deprivation are those pesky dark circles under the eyes. That's because lack of sleep causes your blood vessels to dilate, which then leads to dark circles under the eyes. Logging enough ZZZ's helps your body function the way it's supposed to and will reduce those pesky blue and purple shadows under your eyes.
3. You get bags under your eyes
Unfortunately, along with those pesky dark circles, not getting enough sleep can also bring about unsightly bags under the eyes. While sleep deprivation is one cause of under eye bags, it's not the only one. They can also occur when there is an excess amount of fluid in the body, causing the eyes to sag or swell. This can happen when you sleep or lie down on your stomach.
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4. Your hair becomes thin
Lack of sleep can cause your hair to start thinning out due to something called telogen effluvium. This is essentially triggered by an increase in cortisol levels (or stress hormones) which then causes hair loss to occur across the scalp.
5. You start breaking out
If you're already prone to breakouts, then a lack of sleep will only exacerbate the problem. This is because a lack of sleep is usually the result of stress - a common trigger for acne.
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6. You start getting wrinkles and drooping skin
Sleep deprivation and a reduction in collagen often go hand in hand which is why you might notice more wrinkles and saggy skin. A reduction in collagen causes poor skin elasticity which can in turn cause your skin to look more wrinkled and saggy - giving you a downturned or frowning expression.
7. You're skin starts to appear more aged
Those little lines you see on your face after a restless or poor night's sleep are the exact ones you start to see as you age. Research shows that women who get 8 hours or more sleep every night have less wrinkles, dark circles and brown spots than those women who slept less than 6 hours a night - up to twice the amount!
You can slather on the most expensive beauty products out there but nothing can beat the skin benefits of a good night's sleep. Sleep is essential for the growth and nourishment of your body and your skin, regenerating your cells and getting rid of toxins as you sleep. Not logging enough ZZZ's every night strips your body of this essential nourishment, causing your skin to look more aged and dull than it should. So do yourself a favor, practice some self-care and make sure you're getting at least 8 hours of solid sleep a night. To help you get ready for bed (and to bring out the best in your skin), carve out some "me-time" every night and take some time to perfect your natural skin care routine. Using products like Pure Fiji's Anti-Wrinkle Eye Creme or their Multi-active Night Creme, will help to bring out the best in your skin as you sleep. Or if falling asleep is tricky for you, try taking a nice, warm bath using Pure Fiji's Coconut Milk Bath Soak. Its luxurious formula and luscious scent will relax you and get you ready for a good night's sleep.
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