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Time to Get Some Beauty Sleep

March 11, 2019 by Samantha Smith
Beauty sleep for better skin

It’s hard to believe we have a week dedicated to sleeping (otherwise known as sleep awareness week) considering most adults love to sleep, love their bed and do not want to leave it in the morning but have to for life commitments. And who doesn’t love the chance for a lie-in nowadays? Let’s face it, we probably all regret not taking advantage of early bed times as a child and all those forced nap times missed – how naïve we were.

But, be that as it may, there are many adults who still do not get enough sleep, for whatever reason, and this can be detrimental to our overall health and skin. Here’s why:

Beauty Sleep is a Natural Healer

A lack of sleep can weaken the immune system as it hasn’t had enough time to recharge. If this happens the body is more vulnerable to bacteria including P. acnes (the bacteria that causes acne) exacerbating the condition. P.acnes exists on all skin, but some people are more susceptible to it than others, which is why, for those susceptible, sleep can help.

Beauty Sleep can Reduce Stress Levels

Sleep deprivation can contribute to increased stress levels. Stress produces Cortisol which then causes the body to produce more sebum. But as the body also produces a strong inflammatory response to lack of sleep, skin also becomes inflamed and spots become angrier. Inflammation reduces skin cell function. Excess sebum plus inflammation exacerbates acne.

Beauty Sleep can Normalise Sugar Levels

Insulin resistance can also develop when we do not get enough sleep. This is because it increases the amount of glucose and sugar in the body (which are key triggers of acne). If this occurs, the rate at which your skin cells divide increases, which in turn produces an increase in dead skin cells which block pores and cause acne to develop.

Sleeping helps remove toxins from the liver, and the body, enabling the liver to function better and increase metabolism. Simultaneously, growth hormone is also released which plays a huge part in the body’s natural healing process. Better sleep will help reduce cortisol levels and inflammation within the body.

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