A proper and adequate good night's sleep is essential to achieve healthy skin. When someone is stressed or sleep-deprived, it reflects on their skin in the form of various skin concerns like dullness, fine lines, dark circles, dryness, and also aggravate the existing skin issues. This is because of the fact that when the body is sleep-deprived, it tends to release an excess of the stress hormone, which is cortisol. Increased level of cortisol can be responsible for inflammation in the body and thus affecting the skin and reflecting it on the skin. Cortisol has the tendency to increase the inflammation and aggravate many skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, and atopic dermatitis. This can result in increased redness, rashes, itching, which can disrupt the sleep, and hence the vicious cycle continues. On the other hand, if one takes enough good night's sleep, it will help clear up the skin and improve skin’s health. Let us have a look at 6 reasons why someone needs to catch up on good sleep and improve skin condition by simply giving proper rest to body and skin:
Worsens Skin Condition: Elevated inflammation due to sleep deprivation can result in increased chances of acne breakout, allergic reactions to skin, and skin sensitivity. It is also responsible for increasing the severity of skin problems like contact dermatitis, irritant dermatitis, and eczema.
Detracts Natural Beauty: If the levels of cortisol increase, it leads to inflammation of the skin cells. It will initiate collagen breakdown leading to develop premature signs of aging. It will also be responsible for making skin more sensitive by reducing its hydration levels and decreases skin glow and elasticity.
Immune-related Skin Concerns: Increased inflammation weakens the body’s immune system, which can flare up immunity-related skin issues. Skin diseases that can aggravate due to reduced immunity include psoriasis and eczema.
Dehydrated Skin: Body’s hydration level rebalances while a person is asleep. Skin recovers its moisture level by processing excess water for removal during a resting phase, which can be disrupted and if sleep pattern is disturbed and hence lead to swollen under the eye, dehydrated skin, fine lines, and wrinkles as well.
Premature Aging: Growth hormones are produced during sleep, which repairs damaged cells and helps to heal the damage that is caused during a deeper phase of the sleep cycle. If one doesn’t have a sound sleep, the repair process is disrupted and also leads to an increased level of stress hormone production that causes damage and breakdown collagen leading to the appearance of signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles and also leads to premature aging.
Weight Gain: Whilst one is sleeping, the energy requirement of the body decreases. On the other hand, if one is sleep-deprived, their brain releases a chemical that signals hunger leading to overeating and hence weight gain. So proper sleep patterns can help to maintain a proper healthy lifestyle and eating habits.
Catching enough ZZ’s is very important to maintain a healthy body and skin. It not only maintains healthy and youthful skin but also helps to prevent skin issues like dark circles, premature aging, dehydration of the skin, and helps reduce the severity of skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Designing a skincare regimen with proper sleep and a healthy nap is very much important to get healthy skin and body. As it is well said, “Get yourself a good night's sleep and wake up to an even more glowing you”!
Keep Healthy! Keep Glowing!