Why sleep is important for your skin

26 February 2015

Getting a solid eight hours’ sleep a night isn’t just good for your brainpower – it can also keep your skin looking healthy. New statistics have shown that only 15 per cent of women get the recommended eight hours’ sleep each night, while eight in 10 claim to notice the difference in their skin when they’ve had a bad night’s 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 night’s sleep? According to the experts, it’s all about quality over quantity. Getting 10 hours’ 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 we’re in a deep sleep, so it’s 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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