We bring out the best products to treat our skin with a seven-step skincare routine, invest in foundations and top-rated organic products, all just because we want flawless skin. What we do not know is that we can do something very uncomplicated to achieve beautiful skin, and that is sleeping.
Most of us do not know that getting insufficient sleep can hurt the health of our skin. On average, a person sleeps for about 26 years in total. The question is, what good does contributing one-third of your lives to sleep do to your skin?
We can easily tell if someday we were unable to get a night of sound sleep because it is evident from our faces. Research says that poor sleep can cause your eye circles to be even darker, and may result in swollen eyes, paler skin, and more fine lines and wrinkles. A study in 2017 confirms that not sleeping well for two days consecutively can negatively influence a person’s perceived sleepiness, health, attractiveness, and trustworthiness. (1)
After all, our body does a lot of work while we are asleep after a long restless day at work. While we snooze, our body restores itself. The blood flow in the organ magnifies, and our skin rebuilds more collagen and corrects all the damage done to our skin by those harsh UV rays. Moreover, when you are getting a recommended sleep of seven to nine hours, your skin is automatically in contact with all the surrounding elements for a long time.
1. Sleep well
Do you want to slow down your aging process? Ladies, it is time for gaining a recommended amount of sleep every night! According to the research, having restricted sleep at night will result in faster aging of your skin, unsatisfactory skin quality, and the organ won’t repair itself well from environmental stressors as well. (3)
2. Cleanse each night
Get rid of makeup, extra oils, and dirt before saying goodbye to the day, because you don’t want your skin to pay for it. The pore-clogging irritants may result in bigger pores, rashes, inflammation, infections, or unfortunate acne breakouts. Don’t worry about using all the expensive products, and get your hands on a gentle cleanser to take off each extra particle on your face. (4)
3. Moisturize before sleeping
You definitely don’t want your skin drying up overnight, because dry skin would mean more wrinkles. Washing your face will make your skin dry, and your skin might get more dehydrated while you sleep. So applying a good moisturizer before sleeping will work wonders for your skin.
4. Sleep on your back
Sleeping is necessary for your skin to repair, but sleeping posture matters as well. Sleeping on your stomach or on your side might result in wrinkles on your face. So begin sleeping on your back.
But if you still prefer sleeping on your side, be sure to use a skin-friendly pillowcase, so that
your skin does not get in contact with rough cotton surfaces.
Elevate your head to promote blood flow, and improve your sleep quality.
5. Stay away from UV rays while sleeping
While you are taking a nap in the morning, having direct contact with the sun can have a devastating effect on the health of your skin. So cover your room’s window with blackout curtains, and make sure that your face is not getting in contact with UV rays while you are asleep.
This does not mean that you ditch your skincare routines in honor of your Zzzs, but maintain your skin-sleep relationship to make your skin healthy and youthful. Let’s embrace a healthy sleep, and maintain better skin for years to come.
1. Sundelin T, Lekander M, Kecklund G, Van Someren EJW, Olsson A, Axelsson J. Cues of Fatigue: Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Facial Appearance. Sleep. 2013 Sep 1;36(9):1355–60.
2. Sundelin T, Lekander M, Sorjonen K, Axelsson J. Negative effects of restricted sleep on facial appearance and social appeal. Royal Society Open Science [Internet]. 2017 May 17 [cited 2022 Jan 9]; Available from: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/abs/10.1098/rsos.160918
3. Oyetakin-White P, Suggs A, Koo B, Matsui MS, Yarosh D, Cooper KD, et al. Does poor sleep quality affect skin ageing? Clin Exp Dermatol [Internet]. 2015 Jan [cited 2022 Jan 9];40(1). Available from: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25266053/
4. Website [Internet]. Available from: https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/routine-daily-monthly-weekly