We’ve all heard the adage; “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” attributed to Founding Father and statesman Benjamin Franklin. Well, although very few people associate Mr. Franklin with beauty advice; this pithy statement could not be truer when it comes to proper skin care. And although our anti-aging eye cream and Argan oil treatment are excellent at helping you to maintain youthful, supple-looking skin, adequate sleep is a crucial component to an effectve beauty regime. Here are just a few ways that sleep deprivation adversely affects your skin health.
- Elevates cortisol levels: High levels of the hormone cortisol are known to contribute to the breakdown of collagen. Collagen is of course the protein that helps keep the skin supple and elastic.
- Decreases human growth hormone production: According to Debra Jaliman, a New York City dermatologist, low human growth levels decrease cell production making the skin thinner than it normally should be. This in turn can lead to accelerated skin aging, fine lines and even wrinkles.
- Negatively affects moisture levels: Lack of sleep negatively affects your hydration levels which can lead to dry, dull looking skin. Moreover, sleep deprivation can also adversely affect the skin’s PH levels. (On a scale from 1-14, 7 is considered to be a normal skin PH level.)
- Decreases recovery times: Sleep is a time when the skin recovers from the forces that assault it every day such as pollution, the sun, etc. During REM sleep in particular, the body works at regenerating damaged skin cells.
- Weakens defense system: While we are sleeping, the body ramps up its production of free-radical fighting antioxidants. Anti-oxidants, which are normally found in certain fruits and vegetables, protect the skin against harmful UV radiation.
- Produces dark circles under the eyes: Lack of sleep causes the skin around the eyes to dilate which causes dark circles to form. The eyes are often a dead giveaway of how old a person is.
In short, we have all heard a great deal about how lack of sleep adversely affects the body in other ways however relatively little attention has been paid to how sleep deprivation can lead to premature skin aging. We have many products that can help protect the skin from the damage that is done to it daily, but why not help supplement these products by improving the quality of your sleep. After all, what can it hurt to become “healthy, wealthy and wise.”