As a facial expert for over twenty years, I'm often asked to share my secret weapons in the quest for beautiful, glowing and happy skin. One ritual I absolutely swear by is sleep, sleep, SLEEP!
They definitely don't call it beauty sleep for no reason! When you're tired and deprived of sleep, your body makes more of the stress hormone Cortisol. Raised stress hormones are bad news for skin.
Increased inflammatory cells further aggravate any existing skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis, increasing the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, draining your skin (literally) of its natural beauty, glow, translucency and bounce. Collagen is SO important to help keep our skin plump and youthful.
Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin which can leave your complexion dull, ashen and lifeless.
Our skin rebalances its hydration levels while we sleep, so a lack of sleep results in poor water balance, leading to those pesky tell-tale puffy and dark circles under our eyes, dehydrated unhappy skin and more visible wrinkles. Eek! No thank you!
Not getting enough sleep additionally weakens your immune system, resulting in more sickness. Recent studies found that tiredness triggers excess snacking and cravings for yucky foods high in sugar, which of course leads to weight gain.
To help achieve beautiful, plump and more youthful and glowing skin, make sure you get at least 7-9 hours sleep every night.
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