Who doesn’t like waking up with a glowing and fresh looking skin?
Skin quality and sleep are tightly related. We’ve all experienced it and I’m sure you too are familiar with the dull, lifeless complexion coming after pulling an all-nighter, a night without removing makeup, or even after sleeping 4 hours only. No, our skin does not look its best when our sleep isn’t his best either.
So what happens during sleep?
It is during the night that most of the epidermal recovery takes place. Our body sends fluids to organs and tissues in need, hydration rebalances, skin’s blood flow increases, all mechanisms helping with damaged from UV-exposure, reducing wrinkles and avoiding dark and puffy under-eyes in the morning.
When you’re sleep deprived your body produces higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, increasing inflammation in the skin and worsening inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis or eczema. High levels of cortisol can also destabilize your immune system, leaving you more likely to catch a cold or the flu. High levels of inflammatory cells can also cause breakdowns of collagen and hyaluronic acid, molecules responsible for your skin’s glow, bounce and translucency.
So bad sleep affects all our face features, causes our skin to look pale, tired and unhealthy. The thing is, our facial regions also act as cues in human communication and signs of sleep loss and fatigue can carry social consequences. Adding to the fact that you may feel grumpy, facial cues of sleep deprivation could alter your ability to interact socially in the long run.
One very important consequence of sleep deprivation is that it can also lead to mental health issues. According to researchers, insomnia and sleep apnea can make you 10 times more likely to experience clinical depression and anxiety, and the later 5 times more likely.
Recent studies also shown that during the deep sleep phase, our brain “washes out” metabolic waste from the day with spinal fluid. This could also be the reason why our skin feels refreshed after a good night’s sleep.
Here are a few tips on how you can better our skin:
- Remove your makeup and wash your face every night (even if you don’t wear makeup). It will clean your skin from all the impurities of the day, and don’t forget to moisturize (evening and morning), all with clean hands !
- Wash your bed sheets regularly to avoid dust and bacteria coming in contact with your freshly cleaned face, and don’t forget to wash your MOONA pillowcase as well ;). One good option to replace your cotton pillowcase is to buy a silk one as it doesn't absorb basteria or dust.
- Try to avoid laundry detergents with strong fragrances as they can irritate your skin.
- Were SPF all year. Even during the colder months, protecting your skin is a top priority. This is why you should wear at least an SPF 30 to prevent UV damages, early wrinkles and anything that could lead to skin cancer.
- Elevate your head by adding an extra pillow or raising the head of your bed by a few inches. This will help you if have a cold, snore or suffer from acid reflux, issues that can disrupt your sleep. It can also help reduce dark circles under your eyes by improving your blood flow. However, be careful to your posture: it shouldn’t cause you back pain the following morning and if you sleep on your stomach, it is best to sleep without any pillow.
Here are our main tips on how you can improve your skin quality during your sleep. If you have any other tricks or tips, please let us know !