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There are countless studies advocating the health benefits of developing adequate sleep patterns, but did you know that the amount of sleep you get can also affect your skin? Yes, even for those of us with XY chromosomes. (Psst...this means you, men.) The average adult male needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep daily. During this time of rest, both internal and external rebuilding and recovery (the other R&R) works overtime in order to keep us looking and feeling good. Blood flow increases cell renewal and hormones help with the production of proteins. These processes both affect, among other things, our skin, which is why lack of sleep can contribute to the following issues.
Growth hormones from the pituitary gland are released during our sleep cycle. These particular hormones help the skin to stay young and radiant, but without enough sleep, their production becomes decreased and skin begins to wrinkle, losing its suppleness over time. Though the body produces collagen, it diminishes as we age, which is why we lose elasticity and our skin begins to thin, sag, and develop lines and wrinkles. The thing about collagen is that it needs hormones and cell regeneration, both attained by adequate sleep, to stay in business. While sleeping on your back may help minimize wrinkle formation, the addition of an external supplement such as RECHARGE with peptides that support the production of collagen would greatly benefit skin’s ability to fight premature aging.
Stress and lack of sleep are directly related. If you suffer from one, you will likely experience the other. Both are open invitations for breakouts, which can be in the form of acne, blackheads, or red, aggravated skin. Before hitting the hay, make sure you cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize as an added measure in the prevention of pores becoming clogged as you sleep. One of the reasons this can happen has to do with your sleeping positions but also bedding. Changing sheets and pillowcases regularly will also help prevent, or at least limit, these types of breakouts.
Dark Circles and Dark Circles
The dilation of blood vessels due to lack of sleep is what gives us the condition commonly known as raccoon eyes. These dark circles are often accompanied by puffiness, a product of water retention. Too much water makes the skin swell, not enough water makes it wrinkle. But another contributing factor to swollen eyes is unfavorable sleeping positions such as lying face down, allowing fluid to collect effortlessly. If you feel like you are continually waging a battle against the darkness, try and sneak in an extra hour of Zzzs. Also, don’t leave the skin around your eyes out of your daily routine. REVIVE Eye Rescue Serum works quickly to reduce puffiness and eliminate dark circles so you can look like you got a decent night’s sleep even if you didn’t.
Without proper sleep, blood doesn’t flow as it should, and the levels of oxygen it carries decline. The outcome is dull, ashy skin that in some cases may become pigmented and blotchy in appearance. Skin can also be affected by cortisol, the hormone that regulates the sleep/wake cycle, which becomes more productive without enough shuteye. Increased levels of cortisol trigger inflammation, breaking down essential proteins like collagen that keep the skin smooth and glowing.
Imbalanced pH Levels
Lack of sleep diminishes the moisture barrier in the skin, which lowers pH level causing the alkaline and acid in the body to become imbalanced. What exactly does this mean? It means that if you don’t get good sleep, you lose water, and this throws your pH out of whack. Too much or too less of it can cause all kinds of health issues, many related to skin. Decreased pH levels produce dry, irritated skin that can be prone to dark spots and even changes in texture.
Though sleep shouldn't be a replacement for a daily skincare routine, getting adequate rest regularly will definitely work toward helping your skin age more gracefully. Other ways to sleep better include avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bed, eating healthier, and exercising. But you already knew that, didn’t you?