Perhaps Sleeping Beauty had it right. In support of many old fables, anecdotes, traditional beliefs, and old wives’ tales, researchers are learning more and more about the beauty benefits of sleep. It seems that eight hours of quality sleep on a regular schedule is not only beneficial to your overall health, but can also enhance your appearance.
Growth hormone and cell repair
Sleep is an important time for your body to heal and repair itself. A healthy sleeping pattern can help you to fight the signs of aging, maintain your weight, improve your complexion, avoid dark circles under your eyes, and prevent eye puffiness and redness.
During sleep, your body regulates the production and release of various hormones, including growth hormones. These hormones help your body repair the skin damage done by daily life, including the effects of UV light, stress, pollution, infections, and so on.
Evidence suggests that skin cells specifically regenerate at a faster rate at night than during the day, meaning it is a crucial time for your skin to heal and repair itself. Your body also enjoys a boost of molecular protein production and a slowing of protein breakdown during sleep, which helps speed up cellular repair.
All of this helps you fight wrinkles, dull skin, scarring, and other skin problems.
Cortisol and other hormones
Sleep helps regulate the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in your body. Cortisol has many negative effects on your skin, including contributing to acne, uneven skin tone, psoriasis, wrinkles, and atopic dermatitis.
In general, stress contributes to the aging of your body on a cellular level, and excessive stress can lead to an unhealthy appearance. Sleep combats stress and helps your body react more efficiently to avoid detrimental effects. Unfortunately, stress can also inhibit proper sleep patterns and hinder the quality of your sleep, which may lead, in turn, to more stress in a vicious cycle. It is important to employ other stress fighting daily activities like exercise, meditation, and relaxation.
Another hormonal benefit of a healthy sleep pattern is weight loss. Research has indicated that sleep works to regulate the hormones influencing your appetite. Lack of sleep or poor quality sleep can cause disruptions in these hormonal balances and cause an increase in appetite, especially for sugary, fatty foods. This creates a cycle of weight gain.
Your skin is one of the largest detoxification organs in your body and sleep is its primetime. Perspiration increases during sleep across your entire body, including your face. Not only does this moisturize your skin during the night, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, but it also clears your pores and cleanses your body of toxins that may contribute to an unhealthy appearance.
Beauty treatment absorption
Your sleeping hours are an ideal time for your special beauty treatments to have optimal effectiveness. Moisturizers lock moisture into your skin while you sleep and increased skin circulation allows the absorption of beneficial nutrients in different products. Also, many creams, especially eye creams, have a greater efficacy when not competing with makeup.
Hair masks and hand or feet moisturizing treatments are also very beneficial when applied before bedtime and allowed to sink in overnight.
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