Why sleep is important for your skin
26 February 2015
Getting a solid eight hoursâ sleep a night isnât just good for your brainpower â it can also keep your skin looking healthy. New statistics have shown that only 15 per cent of women get the recommended eight hoursâ sleep each night, while eight in 10 claim to notice the difference in their skin when theyâve had a bad nightâs sleep.
So how does sleep keep you looking young? While you sleep, your body goes into repair mode. Your blood flows towards the surface of your skin, allowing it to feed on oxygen and nutrients which it then carries around your body. A lack of sleep prevents this repair stage from happening, leading to dull, lacklustre skin which is more prone to ageing.
So what signifies a good nightâs sleep? According to the experts, itâs all about quality over quantity. Getting 10 hoursâ sleep is no good for your skin if you spend most of the night in a restless state. Our skin has the best chance to repair and regenerate when weâre in a deep sleep, so itâs really more about what works for you as an individual. Applying night cream before bed allows your skin to benefit from the additional moisture while you sleep.
To maximise your chances of sleeping well, you should try to avoid going to bed on a full stomach, reduce your stress levels, increase the amount of gentle exercise before bed, and check your pillows are in a comfortable position.
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