How Sleep Can Affect Your Skin Health?

Sleep and Skin Health

You probably know that using sunscreen and the right products can help improve your skin’s health and physical appearance. But if you’re like most people, you probably don’t realize that sleep is also an important part of skin health. In this blog, the team of experienced doctors at New York Center for Aesthetic Rejuvenation in Brooklyn, Staten Island and Manhattan explain how sleep can affect your skin health:

What happens during the three stages of sleep that affects your physical appearance?

Your skin receives the following unique benefits during each stage of sleep:

  • The first three hours: Your body produces human growth hormone, which helps your skin repair daily damage and look more radiant and youthful.
  • The middle two hours: Your body releases melatonin, which acts as an antioxidant to protect your skin from free radicals (substances formed when your skin uses oxygen, they contribute to aging as well as heart disease and other problems).
  • The final three hours (active REM): The levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, decrease. Your body also relaxes more, allowing your skin to move into it deepest recovery stage.

How can getting enough sleep improve your skin health and physical appearance?

Getting enough sleep can help your skin health by providing the following benefits:

  • Fewer wrinkles: Skin makes new collagen when you sleep, and this structural protein helps provide a foundation that keeps skin from sagging. It stays plumper and is less likely to wrinkle. Your skin also stays drier if you don’t get enough sleep, so the wrinkles you do have will look more visible.
  • More glowing complexion: Your skin receives more blood flow when you sleep, so you’ll avoid an ashen appearance and start to glow more when you get enough shuteye.
  • Brighter, less puffy eyes: A lack of sleep can cause swelling that causes bags or dark circles under your eyes.

How can a lack of sleep negatively affect your skin health?

Your skin health can be negatively affected in the following ways when you’re not getting the sleep you need:

  • Dry skin: When you sleep, your body recovers extra moisture as you perspire more. Without this, your skin can become drier if it doesn’t produce the moisture it needs.
  • Dull skin: Cortisol levels increase when you sleep, and as a result, you have more inflammation. This breaks down your skin’s proteins and makes it look duller. Your blood also doesn’t flow as it should, creating a lack of oxygen in your blood that can make your skin look ashy or blotchy.
  • Increased skin aging: A lack of sleep causes stress, which breaks down the integrity of collagen in your skin. As a result, your skin looks thinner and less firm, and wrinkles look more pronounced.

To learn more about how to improve the appearance of your skin, contact us today for a consultation with New York Center for Aesthetic Rejuvenation in Brooklyn, Staten Island and Manhattan. Our experienced doctors are dedicated to providing personalized treatment plans to meet your needs. Fill out the form on this page to request an appointment or call 718.301.5955 to learn more.

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