Sleep is one of the most important steps in your skin care regimen. While we sleep, our skin and bodies are in repair mode and skimping on your zzzâ€™s can lead to avoidable skin issues.
Sleep Deprived Skin
A late night or early morning can impact skin in the following ways:
â— Dark under eye circles
â— Dry or dull skin
â— Puffy eyes
Why Does Sleep Impact Skin?
Sleep is complex and researchers arenâ€™t entirely sure why lack of sleep affects skin. A few possible explanations:
â— Lowered Blood Pressure
Lack of sleep can lower blood pressure and cause poor circulation, resulting in dull skin and puffy eyes.
â— Collagen Breakdown
Cortisol, a stress hormone, is typically released after an inadequate nightâ€™s sleep. Cortisol breaks down collagen (the skinâ€™s support structure), causing skin to sag.
Steps toward Sleeping Beauty
â— Try to wake up and go to bed at the same time every day.
â— Sleep in a dark, quiet room.
â— Skip caffeine late in the day and avoid drinking too much alcohol.
Beauty Sleep in an Instant
When sleep just isnâ€™t on your side, try these tips to help achieve an instantly refreshed look:
â— Focus on Your Eyes
Use an eye cream to reduce the look of dark circles and puffiness. Gently massage in a circular motion to stimulate blood flow.
â— Cleanse for a Refreshed Look
Exfoliate dead skin with a facial scrub to stimulate skinâ€™s radiant complexion. Follow with a moisturizer containing Vitamin B3 (niacinimide) to brighten dull-looking skin.