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Beauty Sleep is not a Myth!

Posted by Melinda Fick on

The best time for your body to do its repair work and to recover from inflammation, is while you are asleep.

Enough quality sleep will benefit your overall health and that includes the health and well-being of your skin.

During the first few hours of sleep, your body secretes growth hormone and if you don’t get adequate sleep, you may not produce enough of it. This will negatively impact the appearance of your skin, because the formation of new collagen, and other skin building-blocks, will not be supported properly.

No more rosy cheeks? Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in blood flow to your skin. This translates to fewer nutrients and less oxygen being transported to your skin. The result; a complexion that looks pale, ashen or dull.

Suffering from acne or dry skin? Lack of sleep also weakens your immune system which makes is difficult for your body to fight off any kind of inflammation. It also promotes the release of cortisol (the stress hormone) which, in turn, increases the production of more oil and this can lead to breakouts.

Your skin’s outer layer protects it from excessive water loss, but lack of sleep will impair its ability to do so and you may experience dry skin. And we all know that wrinkles are more visible on drier skin!

Getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours sleep every night is probably a pipe dream for many of us. However, do try and cash in on the “longer” winter nights to reach this goal.

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