Beautiful skin as you age comes from great skin care routines, protection from environmental factors that accelerate skin aging, good nutrition, adequate hydration, and getting plenty of sleep. Wait a minute….. Sleep affects your skin?
“Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer agrees. “During hours of sleep, cortisol and insulin production inversely peak so that collagen 1 production is accelerated,” he says. Collagen 1 production firms the epidermal/dermal junction so evaporation is reduced and water retention is maximized, he adds.”
While you sleep, your skin produces more collagen which gives it the support to counteract the forces of gravity. During the night, you may have a radiant heater or air conditioner running, resulting in your skin’s evaporative water loss. This contributes to dry skin, especially if you don’t use a high quality night cream, or you don’t keep yourself hydrated throughout the day by drinking water.
“As the body settles into the fourth and deepest stage of rest – often called Delta Sleep (which precedes REM, the last stage of sleep) – growth hormones peak and initiate cell and tissue repair. Limited or restless sleep can cut into this crucial restorative process. “Intermittent waking sleep is nowhere near as beneficial to skin health,” Lancer says.”
In order to give your skin the greatest opportunity to repair, rejuvenate, produce collagen and stay hydrated you need a good 6 – 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. There are a few things that can help you get the best night of sleep:
- Try to go to bed and awaken at the same time each night and morning.
- Avoid foods and drink that contain stimulating ingredients such as caffeine.
- Create a comfortable environment in your sleeping area – sheets, blankets, room temperature, low noise, and minimal lighting.
- Perform activities that promote relaxation several hours before bedtime like reading, a warm bath, a little yoga and meditation are great for creating physical and mental calmness.
- Thinking positive thoughts and looking forward to something good.
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What do you do to relax before your fall asleep? Do you have a special routine or something you drink or eat that helps you get a good night’s rest? Leave a comment and share!
May your nights be peaceful and your sleep rejuvenating!