You can pile the makeup on and go for the latest treatments, but the truth is, your skin reflects your sleep. The quality and length of sleep you get every night can have a major influence on the health of your skin. When we sleep, not only do our bodies recharge, but our skin does as well. Dr. Kaleroy Papantoniou, board certified NYC dermatologist, agrees and says beauty sleep is a very real concept.
During sleep we heal, restore and eliminate toxins from the skin. But not getting enough shut-eye can pose problems. "If sleep is compromised, so is the body's ability to carry out these essential skin functions," Dr. Papantoniou explained to us. "During the first three hours of sleep your body will start producing the human growth hormone. This hormone is necessary for the maintenance of youthful and radiant skin. Without this hormone release, skin is not repaired from daily damage and thus induces the aging process," the expert dished.
Breaking down the length we should rest explains why all those hours are so important. Dr. Papantoniou says the middle two hours of sleep is when melatonin is increased. This hormone is responsible for helping protect the skin from free radicals. During the final three hours of the ideal amount of sleep, levels of cortisol (a.k.a. the stress hormone) decrease. Dr. Papantoniou explains that, "The skin's temperature also drops to its lowest point allowing muscles to relax and become immobile, giving skin its deepest recovery of the night." See why we need all those precious minutes?
So if you're not getting enough sleep, finding it hard to unwind or seeing the results of lack of sleep in your skin — fear not. There are ways to get your beauty sleep back!
As we age, our bodies naturally produce less melatonin, which affect our skin's ability to repair itself at night. If falling asleep is becoming more difficult, you may benefit from taking a melatonin supplement or using a topical product with melatonin to help combat decreased hormone levels. "Melatonin works best if taken at night about a half hour minutes before going to bed. This is when it serves its purpose, and helps to increase the depth and duration of restorative sleep. Restorative sleep helps accelerate and optimize the skin's repair cycle," Dr. Papantoniou noted.
More super helpful and sleepy tips to come so we can all boost our beauty sleep in a big way, coming soon.