Let Your Zs Take Care of Your Common Skin Issues

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 05, 2014

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Quick Bites

  • Sleeping less leads to stress which triggers cortisol hormone.
  • Cortisol increases your chances of getting breakouts.
  • It also initiates skin cell deterioration, causing wrinkles.
  • A pale, spotty skin is common if you’re sleep deprived.

Good sleep is a woman’s best kept beauty secret! The cosmetics do create a range of illusions that modify your personality but regular use can have after-effects. There is nothing better than a good night’s sleep.

So, if you’re not catching up with your Zs, your skin and complexion will suffer. A tired look that you have to camouflage with numerous beauty products is the first indicator of how much sleep you’re actually getting.

Wondering how can you fight some of the most common skin problems through sleep? Here’s how

How Sleep Prevents Skin Problems

Acne Breakouts

You stayed up till late to watch ‘just one more’ episode of “Dancing with the Stars” or set an alarm for an early swimming class, you’re skipping the prescribed eight hours of sleep. This causes stress in your body and will lead to an increase in the production of the stress hormone cortisol, which leads to breakouts.


Not hating cortisol enough? Listen to this: it may also cause your skin cells to degenerate faster. So, stress does age you. By getting a good night’s sleep, you ward off stress and hence aid your skin’s cell-renewal process.

Your skin repairs itself during night so, apply your anti-ageing treatment like retinol in night. Plus, during the REM (the middle hours of sleep), your body releases melatonin, which acts as a natural antioxidant. Now, you know what to do for a younger-looking skin.

How Sleep Prevents Skin Problems

Uneven Skin Tone

Though your complexion has more to do with what you put into your body but sleep deprivation can give you a pale, spotty skin. Our heart rate and blood flow becomes even while we’re resting so catch some Zs to get that gorgeous glow. You’ll possibly save money on foundation.

Dark Circles

Been there done that! Drinking margaritas all night at friend’s birthday party writes the evidence on your face the next morning- under-eye bags and darkness. They are worse when you skip a few hours of sleep. Skipping kips cause your blood vessels to dilate, making the under-eye circles more apparent. Bad rest can also be attributed to puffiness. Next time, place a few pillows underneath your head, so you're sleeping with your face at an angle.

How Sleep Prevents Skin Problems

So, now you know that sleeping can solve your common beauty woes and your have vowed to get a sound sleep daily; good, but there is one more problem. The average person struggles to sleep at least three nights a week. When you can’t sleep properly, how will you get a great skin?

Breaking a Bad Sleep Cycle

Leading International sleep expert Dr. Guy Meadows says: ‘the continuous struggle with sleep peaks on a Sunday night. Largely it’s due to us going to bed late on a Saturday night, and sleeping in too long the next day. This resets your body clock, and your brain tells you to sleep later the next night.  

You also need 16-17 hours of wakefulness in order to get to sleep, which doesn’t happen if you get up late. So, however hard it may feel, it’s important to wake up and face the day as early as you can after a late Saturday night to help you fall asleep quickly and stay asleep the following night, to help you wake up refreshed and looking well.’

Bottom line: Sleep is the opportunity your skin takes to recover from a long day being in the sun and braving the elements.

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