At the end of a long day, you climb into bed to prepare for a hard-earned rest. However, not every part of you will be fast asleep. As it turns out, your skin is hard at work all night. If you’ve ever wondered about the term “beauty sleep,” it’s more accurate than you may realize. Your skin undergoes many repairing and rejuvenation processes while you sleep.
If you’ve ever had a terrible night’s sleep, you may have noticed the next day that your skin has a waxy appearance with more noticeable fine lines and wrinkles, not to mention bags under your eyes. This doesn’t happen after you’ve had adequate rest, and that’s because when you have good quality sleep, your skin is doing all of the following…
It’s Reducing Cortisol
Cortisol is more colloquially known as “the stress hormone.” This substance can build up in your system throughout the day in response to all of life’s daily challenges. A rough commute, a crying toddler, and an approaching deadline can all increase cortisol levels, and that can begin to show in your skin.
Too much cortisol can lead to thinner skin making it more susceptible to damage. It can also lead to an increase in broken blood vessels or stretch marks. Therefore, getting enough sleep is vital to maintaining youthful and healthy-looking skin.
It’s Fighting Environmental Damage
Your skin really gets put through a lot over the course of the day. Not only are there harsh soaps and cosmetics to contend with, but also everyday factors such as sunburn, windburn, pollution, sweat, and bacteria. Your skin is pummeled all day, and at night your system finally gets a chance to undo all of that damage.
During the day, your energy is more geared towards things like cognition, reflexes, digestion and movement. At night, you’re at rest and your system has a chance to release growth hormone that stimulates collagen-producing cells. Collagen is responsible for your skin’s elasticity and firmness, so you definitely want as much of that as you can get.
It’s Repairing Skin Cells
Your rate of skin cell regeneration and turnover skips up dramatically when you sleep. And while it’s true that this will happen during any stage of sleep, you receive an especially large boost to cellular repair during REM sleep. This deep phase of sleep is only achievable if you’re able to allot enough time to nightly rest, and maintain a regular sleep schedule.
Prioritizing rest, and setting your bedtime even 30 minutes earlier could have a noticeable effect on the appearance of your skin.
Ensuring That Active Ingredients Become More Beneficial
Because skin repair is naturally kicked into high gear while you sleep, a high-quality skin cream applied at night can produce dramatically better results. You may notice that skin care companies tend to offer different formulas for day and night. For example, Bauer offers Bioxin Regenerative Day and Night Combo, which is specially designed to take full advantage of the natural healing happening at night, and sends skin repair into overdrive.
Remember to give your skin the rest it needs every night so these amazing processes can take place.