How sleep affects your skin

Guest Blogger: Sarah Halloran
Sarah Halloran | How sleep affects your skin
When it comes to your skin your sleep is important! There is a lot of science behind good skin and good sleep, let me break it down for you a little..

When your body is sleep deprived it produces more of a hormone called Cortisol. Cortisol is what is flooded into the bloodstream when you feel stressed. It's main function is to increase blood sugar levels, which in turn cause inflammation and weaken the immune system. These two factors cause an increase in the skin’s sensitivity, usually resulting in acne breakouts or an increase of immune related problems such as dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis.

When the body feels an increase in inflammatory cells it responds by increasing the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid. Collagen is the main protein found in skin and connective tissue, it’s the little guy we can thank for our skins youthful colour and bouncy glow. Hyaluronic acid is a substance organically found in the body that has natural healing and moisturising properties. Having this breakdown of your body’s natural moisture resource can be especially damaging with a lack of sleep, as your body uses that time to restore its hydration balance.

Ever wake up after a long night and rush to Google puffy bags solutions? You looked so good the night before, what happened? As your body sleeps, it takes that time to process excess water for elimination from the body, while it stores moisture in the areas it knows is needed. When it doesn’t get enough sleep, your body will go into somewhat of a survival mode and it will store as much water as it can and where it can; i.e. right under your peepers!

So moisture as well as other imperative substances to your skins health don’t get to where they need to go when and your body reacts in not so pleasant ways, such as prominent wrinkles and dry spots and breakouts.The good news though is that during lots of good deep sleeps the body allows a rise in growth hormones; which means while you dream of running through open fields and floating along calming waves, your body is actually working magic by reversing and repairing damaged cells. By prioritising to allow yourself a solid 6-8 hours every night, you’ll wake up feeling fresh and looking even better.

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