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Among the many things that influence your skin's structure and looks, such as your diet, environment, cosmetics, and others, there are your sleeping habits. How well and for how long you've slept, as well as how tired you are, are all factors that will impact your skin. Here's what you can do to improve your skin’s health through your sleep!
First of all, did you know that sleep and nighttime boost your blood flow? This means that the area of the skin that's able to absorb any skincare products is bigger. In other words, nighttime is the moment when your skin gets the most nutrients and moisture from cosmetics, thus increasing their efficiency.
In addition to this, sleep improves your body's release of melatonin, an anti-aging hormone. The human growth hormone will also be released, which in turn boosts the work of antioxidant enzymes. These are responsible for protection against free-radicals.
While a good night's sleep can protect your skin, sleep deficiency can lead to skin conditions. Not only can you end up with bags or dark circles under your eyes, but also there's the possibility that you'll weaken your immune system. This leaves you unprotected against skin conditions like eczema.
Waking up to a bad night's sleep improves the production and release of cortisol. This is called the "stress hormone" for obvious reasons and has several impacts on the skin. Firstly, it can negatively impact the immune cells in the epidermis, the skin's protection against pollutants, infections, and UV light. Secondly, cortisol blocks collagen production, a protein that tones and tightens the skin.
The amount of sleep that you get also affects your appetite and satiety, as sleep affects the production of weight-controlling hormones. This means that sleep has a direct impact on your weight, even if it may seem like there's no correlation between bad quality sleep and weight gain.
On one hand, sleep deprivation boosts ghrelin levels, the hormone that stimulates appetite. On the other hand, it also reduces leptin levels, the hormone that signals when you're full. The result is a scenario where what you eat doesn't satisfy you, and you're craving more and more food.
How well you sleep will also affect your brain functions. Bad or deficient sleep can cause stress and trigger neuropeptides production that affects your skin, most of the time leading to acne. Good sleep, however, allows the brain to create new pathways, which improve your creativity, problem-solving skills, and ability to learn and remember information.
Even if you can't get enough sleep at night, you can try other relaxation activities to get similar results. Meditation and other peaceful habits can improve your skin in the daytime as well. Try these simple tweaks to your sleep routine and enjoy the benefits it'll have on your skin!