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How does sleep affect our skin?

Sleep... Something we all could get a little more of. How many us find ourselves mindlessly scrolling through our phones right before bed? However, good quality shut eye is absolutely vital to our skin.

Cortisol

Sleep deprivation encourages your body to produce more of the stress hormone cortisol. Increased cortisol production can accelerate the aging process, leading to the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Too much cortisol can also increase the severity of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne or psoriasis.

Breakdown of Collagen

Not enough sleep detracts from your skin's natural beauty. Increased inflammatory cells in the body lead to an increase in the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, the molecules that give the skin its glow, bounce, and translucency.

Poor Water Balance

Not enough sleep can result in dry skin. While you're sleeping, the body's hydration rebalances. Skin is able to recover moisture, while excess water in general in the body is processed for removal. Not getting enough sleep results in poor water balance, leading to puffy bags under your eyes and under-eye circles, as well as dryness and more visible wrinkles.

Faster Aging

Not enough sleep accelerates the aging process. During deep sleep, the rise in growth hormones allows damaged cells to become repaired. Without the deeper phases of sleep, this won't occur, allowing daily small breakdowns to accumulate instead of being reversed overnight. This results in more noticeable signs of aging.

Weight Gain

Not enough sleep contributes to weight gain. Sleep also helps with weight management, which is good for your skin. Sleep makes you feel less hungry -recent studies have linked sleep deprivation to excess snacking and calorie consumption.