Beauty Sleep: Is There a Connection Between Sleep and Appearance?

While we’ve all heard the adage “I need to get my beauty sleep” today, we can more directly connect sleep to appearance and looking well-rested.

Have you ever woken up after a poor night's sleep with puffy eyes, dark circles, and what appear to be more prominent wrinkles? Science shows us that there is a reason for that. When we sleep, our cells repair and regenerate. Included in this nightly rejuvenation process is skin repair.

Skin, our largest organ, plays a vital role in our overall health and appearance. More specifically, healthy skin, especially on our face, contributes to our ability to look rested and refreshed.

How Does Healthy Skin Contribute to a Healthy & Rejuvenated Appearance?

Approximately every twenty-seven days, our outer layer of skin regenerates - - a portion of the rejuvenation process occurring when we sleep.

In addition, collagen, which provides the underlying structural support of our skin and elastin which allows it to keep its shape, both proteins both essential to skin health, are produced when we sleep.

It is well known that our bodies produce less collagen after thirty. What’s more, exposure to sun, pollution, and tobacco can trigger a molecular process that damages the skin structure leading to skin looking aged and damaged. Given that the aging process and personal lifestyle choices can have a significant effect on your skin and appearance, wouldn’t you want to at least take steps to optimize the one element known to help with skin’s appearance -- getting better sleep?

In fact, peer-reviewed medical studies have shown that poor sleep is associated with signs of intrinsic aging, as well as lower satisfaction with personal appearance. Moreover, sleep deprivation can be easily identified through human facial cues.

So if you want to wake both feeling and looking refreshed, be sure to get your “beauty sleep”, 7-9 hours of sleep a night.

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