We’ve all heard people say that they need their “beauty rest” or “beauty sleep“. Is there really something to that?
According to research that was done by dermatologist Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco, there is definitely truth to that old adage.
Why will sleep improve the look of your skin?
While we sleep our body regenerates and prepares for another day. There are metabolic and hormonal changes that take place as well as the changes that occur in our skin. Sleep allows new skin cells to develop which replace the old, dead ones. This helps our skin to rejuvinate, restore itself and look healthier.
Does how you sleep matter?
Sleeping on your stomach is probably not the best thing you could do for your skin as the pillow can cause pressure and lead to wrinkles. Try sleeping on your back: you may even notice that you have fewer aches and pains!
Develop a sleep pattern and a skin care routine before bed.
It may not make sense to you, but if you try to go to sleep at the same time and wake up at the same time, allowing enough sleep that you feel rested, you will see many benefits, the least of which is improved skin. And, don’t just hop into your pajamas and crawl into bed. It is important to properly cleanse your skin first. Moisturizers and retinoid products applied before bed can help with dry skin and skin that is beginning to wrinkle.
Try not to get too much sleep, though, as Dr. Day’s study showed that too much sleep can undo the benefits of just enough. If you are sleeping eight hours a night and you still are tired during the day, try taking a brief nap.
Does your daytime routine affect the benefits of sleep to your skin?
Absolutely. If you are spending hours outside in the sun without sun screen, or you smoke, or you drink alcoholic beverages before bed, you are definitely going to see less results from getting enough sleep. Over-exposure to the sun causes damage that requires more than just a good night’s sleep to overcome, while smoking leads to premature wrinkles. Alcohol does not directly effect your skin, but decreases the quality of your sleep, thus reducing the benefits you could see.