How lack of sleep is ruining your skin.

They say sleep is for the weak, but that’s far from the truth! Sleep is one of the most important things your body requires to recuperate, regenerate and recover. And that applies not just to your body’s internal organs, but your skin as well!

Let’s find out what happens to your skin when you skimp on that “Beauty Sleep”!

1) Dark eye circles, eye bags and puffy eyes

We’re pretty much stating the obvious here, and it’s true. When your body doesn’t get enough rest, the first things to show up and tell the world you didn’t get enough sleep are those pesky dark eye circles that’ll leave you looking like Mr Panda (cute but no thanks…), an accompanying pair of designer eye bags that even 3 full nights of sleep might not help, and puffy eyes which will require at least two rounds of ice packs to get rid of.

2) Acne, inflammation and redness

When you’re not getting enough sleep, your body starts to produce more of the stress hormones – cortisol. The elevated levels of cortisol can cause glands under your skin to produce more sebum and trigger acne breakouts. It can also aggravate hypersensitivity skin and cause hives and rashes. Something we definitely do not want, much less need. ?

3) Accelerated ageing

When you don’t get enough sleep, especially deep sleep, your body is unable to produce growth hormones that aid in cellular repair. This means that instead of healing, your body is in fact deteriorating, and perhaps at a much faster rate than you know it. Imagine the toll it creates on your skin if you constantly sleep late! Scary…

4) Dry skin

While you’re sleeping, your body is naturally repairing itself, and that includes balancing out the moisture levels in your body, which you have lost over the course of the day. With a lack of sleep, your body is unable to provide your skin with the hydration it requires, leading to an appearance of dry, and possibly flaky skin when you wake up.

P.S. if you put on make-up, this means your make-up won’t adhere to your skin as well, and it could end up looking patchy and cakey!

5) Collagen breakdown

One of the most important aspects of our skin is the collagen beneath it. Collagen is a key building block of our skin, and it regenerates itself as we sleep to ensure the structure and elasticity of our skin is kept at an optimum level. When we do not get enough sleep, the collagen breaks down instead of regenerating, which would result in loss of elasticity and firmness to the skin, and even thinning of your skin.

Beauty Sleep” is a real thing! So remember, no matter how busy you are, don’t forget to pencil it in as a regular fixture in your schedule. We really cannot stress how much of a difference having sufficient sleep does for your skin! Besides, a well-rested night can also help you save time in the morning if you don’t even need any make-up to cover up!

In good hands,