All of us depend on a good night’s sleep for rest and recovery. The skin is the largest organ of the human body and Beauty Sleep is vital for healthy skin. Lack of sleep may cause an increase in fine lines, uneven pigmentation, and loss of skin elasticity.
To learn how sleep affects your skin, keep scrolling!
How do stages of sleep affect your skin?
During the first 180 minutes of sleep, the pituitary gland produces human growth hormone. Growth hormone helps to maintain youthful and healthy skin. Inadequate growth hormone reduces the day-to-day repair of the skin.
The next two hours of sleep are characterized by the increased production of melatonin. Melatonin has an antioxidant role in helping to protect the skin from damaging free radicals.
In the final stage known as REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement), the cortisol (stress hormone) levels begin to decrease along with skin temperature.
Skin cooling is accompanied by muscle relaxation and an increase in collagen production. Collagen is a protein found throughout the body which makes skin more flexible and smooth, eliminating fine wrinkles.
The body perspires more while we sleep. This is a natural moisturizer that helps smooth out wrinkles. Lack of sleep also lowers PH levels, which can cause dry skin.
Lack of sleep, lack of glow:
Lack of sleep causes your blood circulation to work less efficiently. This can make your skin appear pigmented and grayish. Blood vessels dilate due to lack of sleep, causing dark circles below the eyes.
A good night’s sleep is a great step that reduces dark circles.
It is extremely important that you get the requisite amount of sleep every night as it has multiple benefits that go a long way in improving your skin and hair. Sleeping well is also good for your overall health as it aids the transfer of nutrients and reduces stress levels.
About the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
She has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.