What Does Your Skin Do When You Sleep? May 13, 2015

Sleeping is a must!

Most of you know that a minimum of eight hours of sleep is a must to help the body recharge and get back in shape.It needs to be ready for the next morning. This may sound easy but it becomes quite tough in this age of deadlines and gadgets and work pressure. Finding enough time to rest is almost a luxury!

All said and done, as you hit the bed at the end of the day, beauty is most likely the last thing on your mind.That is, till you do not know that the time you are going to spend sleeping, will also be the time that your body will work at giving you some beauty from within.

What happens to your skin when you sleep?

1. Lesser damage:

When you are asleep, your metabolic rate is lower and the body is not producing as many skin damaging free radicals as it produces while you are awake.

2. Repair and recovery time:

During the “night cycle,” the skin that has been damaged by environmental assaults, UV rays, free radicals and other noxious stimuli, get the opportunity to repair, rest, and recover itself.

3. Products become more effective:

As you sleep, your body does not have to work at skin protection during the night. Instead, it focuses on repairing the damage done throughout the day. Hence, any product that you use at night will be much more effective at hydrating the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and brightening your skin tone.

4. Cellular repair:

It is not just how long you sleep, but also how wellyou sleep that helps to determine how much damage is turned back at night. While your cells repair and rebuild themselves at all stages of sleep, the majority of cell turnover and regeneration occurs during deep REM [rapid eye movement] sleep. So make sure that you maintain a regular shut-eye schedule to be able to get the best results. Avoid late nights and all distractions during sleep time.

5. Radiant skin:

Your skin restores its vitality, combats the appearance of lines and wrinkles and becomes more radiant the next day.

6. Skin vitality and elasticity:

During the REM stage of sleep the cellular processes reach their maximum production levels, and result in a “reconstruction” of collagen and elastin. This helps your skin take on new energy with effects that will be lasting for the next 8 hours.

7. Reverse skin irritation:

Not getting the required amount of sleep is what causes skin irritations and many other skin related problems. While you sleep, your growth hormones peak and repair cells and tissues.

A few things you should do while going to sleep:

1. Invest in a good night cream:

When the skin rests during your sleeping hours, the cellular repair processes are heightened. As such, the skin also becomes more receptive to treatments. Even while you sleep, the skin is responsible for repairing the damage during the day, but at the same time is more prone to dehydration. Make sure you keep it hydrated by using a good quality night cream or night repair moisturiser.

2. Take Off Your Make-Up Before You Sleep:

This again is one of the most known yet most ignored steps when it comes to skin care and beauty. Taking away all traces of makeup before going to bed is extremely important if you want a clear skin. If you choose not to take off your make-up at the end of the day, it can end up clogging your pores. This is what causes unwanted break-outs. Also, your skin needs to breathe, so make sure your skin if free of too much product build up. For best results, give yourself a day or two in the week where you wear no makeup at all.

So now that you know how hard your skin is working through the night, we are sure you will keep an eye out on the importance of sleep and go for some proper sleep hours. Have a good rest, and in the process, do well for yourself and your skin.

Try this out tonight and comment below to tell us how it feels!