There are plenty of non-medical things you can do to your skin to make it look more youthful and vibrant, but few are as effective as a good night’s sleep.
When you don’t get those recommended 7 to 9 hours each night, you increase your risk of dark circles, puffiness, sallow complexion, and dehydrated skin.
Here are just a few of things your skin does while you’re catching ZZZ’s:
- It regenerates. At night while you’re sleeping, your skin begins to replace damaged, dead skin cells with new, healthy ones. When you don’t get enough rest, those dead cells sit on the surface of your skin, blocking your pores and causing acne. This is also why it’s important to wash your face and remove makeup before bed.
- It reverses environmental damage. Overnight, your skin also begins to undo the daily damage inflicted on it by the sun and other environmental stressors like pollution.
- It de-stresses. Your body releases less of the stress hormone, cortisol as you sleep. Cortisol can contribute to skin thinning and discoloration, and when you don’t get enough sleep after a long, stressful day, your skin can pay the price.
- It produces more collagen. During the later stages of sleep, your skin ups its production of collagen, the protein in our bodies responsible for tight, plump, youthful-looking skin.
Unfortunately, skin also looses moisture as you sleep, so it’s important to apply a nourishing night cream after you wash your face and before bed, to help your skin retain moisture.
Another quick note: experts say that getting to bed no later than 11pm gives your skin optimum time to repair, so aim for an 11pm bedtime to help ensure a glowing morning complexion.
For more non-surgical ways to get gorgeous, glowing skin, call and ask our team about the Kalos K-Spa today!
Post Provided by Benjamin Stong MD, Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC
5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE, #910
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 963-6665