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The 7 Skin Sins: Lack of Sleep

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Last week We introduced you to the first in our 7 Skin Sins series – lifestyle habits that can wreak short- and long-term damage to your skin. We hope the skin damage from smoking intervention helped you (or someone you know) put down the packs. Up next: the skin sin of skipping sleep!

The time your body spends sleeping is used for regenerating and repairing the day’s damage from free-radicals, pollution, sun damage, and more. The occasional late night won’t completely upset the process, but the effects on your skin can be immediate, and only get worse if you continue to skip sleep. Here’s what your skin endures after a string of sleepless nights:

The Morning After

Immediately after one night of little rest, you can see the effects on your skin. The delicate area around the eyes becomes puffy and your complexion becomes more sallow.

A Week of Sleepless Nights

Missing sleep over several consecutive nights can cause your skin to become lackluster, and dark circles can become more prominent as blood vessels remain dilated. It also causes the body to release cortisol – the stress hormone known to breakdown collagen and elastin – so skin will appear less taut. Relying on caffeine to help you through the day? Coffee can further dehydrate you, emphasizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But the side effects don’t stop there…

Ongoing Sleeplessness

The body naturally produces human growth hormone while you sleep to help with its repair process. However, chronic sleep deprivation won’t allow the body to produce enough and, over time, it leaves you open to further skin damage and sensitivity.

But no matter how hard you try to get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep, life happens and a late night is inevitable – that’s where great skin care comes to the rescue! Products formulated to work in harmony with your skin’s natural nighttime renewal process can help offset some of the negative effects of lost ZZZZs. Start your overnight agenda with a glycolic acid AHA chemical exfoliant to help the products that follow penetrate deeper and perform even better. Apply a retinol and topical calcium anti-aging nighttime face cream before bed to improve wrinkles and skin’s moisture so you wake up looking well-rested. If your eyes are fatigued and tired in the morning, add a hyaluronic-acid anti-aging eye cream to your nightly routine to target crowsfeet, smooth surface lines, and wake up bright-eyed.


How much sleep do you get each night? Tell us in the comments. And keep your eyes open for a new skin sin next week!


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Comments (5)

vanetia king says:
Nov 25, 2013

Thnks for articles….i am 52 going through menopause some,nights i get insomnia along with night sweats so my skin looks fine but i get the puffiness a little bit under my eyes i do not take any drugs for menopause just a natural melatonin for sleep but it usually does not work

Clover says:
Nov 25, 2013

A friend of mine mentioned that she needed exactly 8 hours of sleep every night to have a good day. I had never considered this, especially when my son was young and I would force myself to stay awake until 11:30pm just so I could decompress and have a couple of hours to myself.

It took me a lot of years and a simple conversation with an acupuncturist to realize that I should get to bed at 10:30 – when I actually felt sleepy – instead of forcing myself to stay up. I would naturally wake up at 6am, needing exactly seven and a half hours of sleep.

Good article! I notice a huge difference in my mood as well as my physical condition when I get the right amount of sleep following my own natural rhythm.

Heather says:
Aug 8, 2014

I have Narcolepsy, and nighttime sleep is something I never get enough of! If I’m lucky, it’s 6 hrs of very broken up sleep-literally two hours at a time. At age 34 my skin still looks pretty good, but I’m wondering what it will look like in 10 years! lol Hopefully all of my good Bioelements products will keep me glowing!-H

Martha says:
May 22, 2016

I am 61, retired and recently relieved of the responsibility of my 96 year old mother after seven years of having to supervise her constant care, physically, financially and emotionally. I find that to function well, I need about 9 hours of sleep nightly. I try to go to bed by about 9 p.m. and read for awhile (maybe 30 minutes) and then go to sleep. I wake about 6:30 a.m. and am almost always refreshed. Of course I can get by with less sleep if something interrupts my schedule, but I find that sticking to the schedule is best. I get fewer colds and am less irritable. A dark room is essential, on the cool side, and quiet. All the things the experts tell us are key to good sleep. They work.

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