At some point, you’ve probably joked about getting your much needed ‘beauty sleep’, suggesting that the amount of rest you get can have an impact on your attractiveness. However, while this expression is often used light-heartedly, it does hold some truth. At Adjustamatic, we recently explored the correlation between sleep and skin through the medium of video, getting Dorothy to record her attempt at improving her complexion by adopting a better bedtime routine. Take a look at the video to see how she got on...
So, could sleep really be the secret to great skin? From acne to ageing, let’s have a look at why the most important thing in your makeup bag may be your bed.
Spots and other skin conditions
Sleep deprivation can prompt acne breakouts because it increases insulin resistance, causing a rise in your glucose and sugar levels which can ultimately lead to spots and blemishes. Not getting enough sleep may be to blame for other skin conditions too, such as psoriasis and eczema, so aiming to get a full night’s rest could be the solution to clearing up your complexion.
A lack of slumber can result in serious health concerns such as obesity, hypertension and fatigue, and it can also significantly diminish your skin’s natural beauty. Failing to get a good night’s kip can increase inflammation within the cells in the body, which in turn causes the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid - the chemicals that enable your skin to glow. So, while a shortage of sleep will leave you feeling physically tired, it’s likely that the exhaustion will show on your face too, causing your skin to look dull and lacklustre.
Your body also uses sleep to re-balance its hydration levels. If you deprive your body of rest, your water levels are thrown off balance, which can lead to puffy and dark under-eye circles.
Ageing your complexion
A shortfall of shuteye can also make you look older. Highlighting this fact, a clinical trial carried out in 2013 by scientists at University Hospitals Case Medical Centre discovered that inadequate sleep can have a big impact on skin health and ageing. The study, which was commissioned on behalf of beauty retailer Estée Lauder, revealed that participants who got little rest showed increased signs of skin ageing, such as fine lines, uneven pigmentation and reduced elasticity. The poor sleepers who took part in the trial also had a negative perception of their skin and overall facial appearance.
So, if you’re guilty of staying up late, your decision to deprive yourself of sleep could be having an adverse effect on the quality of your skin. By allowing yourself between seven and nine hours of sleep each night, you should be well on your way to achieving healthy and glowing spot-free skin.