Getting adequate sleep is crucial for maintaining good health. But it seems that, in our busy lives, few of us get the sleep we need.
We get by; drinking coffee, taking a cat nap here or there, and downing energy drinks when the situation is dire. But the fact is that sleep deprivation takes a serious toll on our health. And, while the adverse health effects can take a while to show up, your poor sleep habits will almost definitely be betrayed by your skin.
What happens to your skin when you don’t get enough sleep?
Sleep deprivation affects your skin in numerous ways:
- Lack of sleep accelerates aging. When you’re in deep sleep, your body works to repair damaged cells, helping to reverse some of the cellular damage that occurs each day. When you aren’t reaching deep sleep – or aren’t spending enough time in deep sleep – you’re not allowing your body to repair that damage. Instead, the damage accumulates more rapidly, and skin will show signs of aging more quickly.
- Lack of sleep can aggravate pre-existing skin conditions. Sleep deprivation is responsible for increased production of the stress hormone, cortisol. Elevated levels of cortisol produce inflammation in the body, including in the skin. With increased inflammation comes an increase in skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, and overall skin sensitivity.
- Lack of sleep causes skin to lose moisture. When you sleep, your body is working to balance your moisture/hydration. During sleep, your skin recovers moisture from your body, while your body also works to remove excess water. When you deprive your body of sleep, your skin’s moisture balance is affected, often resulting in dry skin, more pronounced lines and wrinkles, and dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.
In general, a lack of sleep is not good for your skin or your overall health (After all, the appearance of your skin is a good indicator of your health), so getting sufficient, quality sleep is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your skin.
What can I do to “repair” my skin if I’m sleep deprived?
Lack of sleep is never a good thing when it comes to your health. But, if you miss sleep only once in a while, the effects are minimal. If you have missed some sleep, Bel Mondo’s bio cellulose masks can help your skin recover. Our Ultra-Hydrating and anti-aging masks can help plump up dry and dull skin, reducing puffiness and the appearance of lines and wrinkles. And if you’re suffering from acne flare-ups or over-sensitive skin, our calming mask can help reduce the inflammation.
Remember that, while it’s OK to pull an all-nighter every once in a while, living in a constant state of sleep-deprivation will not only affect your appearance, but it can be very damaging to your overall health. While our masks can un-do some of sleep deprivation’s effects on the skin, there is truly no substitute for a good night’s sleep when it comes to good health.