Getting an adequate amount of sleep every night at regular intervals is essential to leading a long, healthy and productive life. “Beauty sleep” is not just an expression, it really is the key to beautiful, healthy skin. Sleep restores the skin’s natural balance and increases the effectiveness in skincare treatments. Skin rejuvenates itself during sleep.
When you don’t get enough sleep, not only are you tired, but you physically show the signs of sleep deprivation with puffy, under eye bags and dehydrated skin. The ideal amount of consecutive sleep is 6 to 8 hours in order to allow the body to get through the 5 stages. During stages, the cortisol and insulin levels help produce more collagen. 4th stage, growth hormones surge and tissue repair occurs.
A lack of sleep increases the levels of stress hormones in the body, and chronic stress leads to increased inflammation and subsequent acceleration of aging, and worsening of acne. Acceleration of aging? That means wrinkles and sagging, neither of which anyone wants happening faster than it inevitably does. Poor sleep habits can result in skin sensitivity and irritation. The skin gradually loses its ability to protect itself from all the chemicals, pollutants and dirt it comes in contact with everyday.
By avoiding caffeine 4 to 6 hours before bed, limiting alcohol and heavy meals before sleep, getting regular exercise, and developing a regular bedtime and morning wakeup call, even on the weekends, your skin will thrive in healthy glow. Dr. Rokhsar is a fellowship-trained dermatologist who consults with each of his patients individually and takes time to talk with them about at-home skin care and health.