Beauty Sleep Matters

Sleep can be the greatest equivalent to eternal youth when it comes to your skincare routine. Your body improves itself and recovers as you sleep, and this leads to a long list of benefits for your appearance. The trick is to get enough of a shut-eye approximately 7 to 9 quality hours every night.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night for most adults. Less than that could play a role in the creation of wrinkles, sagging skin and dark circles under the eyes. The explanation for that? During sleep, the body supplies fluids to the organs and tissues that need to be refilled, thus removing excess fluids from other areas. Shortening this mechanism is one reason why people who are deprived of sleep often have under-the-eye bags.

Having a good night's rest is vital to your general health and well-being, but it also turns out that there is some scientific validity to the notion of beauty sleep. "Our skin rests and restores while we sleep," says Francesca Fusco, MD, dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai, New York City. "With no exposure to UV [ultraviolet] and no contraction of dynamic facial muscles, this is the best time of day for the skin."

Here are the beauty benefits of getting enough rest.

A Glowing Complexion

Your body enhances the flow of blood to your skin as you snooze, which ensures you wake up to a healthy glow. Sleep skimp and your appearance can look drab, ashen, or lifeless. "Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin around your face” says Breus. "The skin is getting dull, and you don't get the pink cheeks anymore."

Anti-Aging Products

No product can fully remove fine lines or wrinkles but the use of anti-aging serums and eye creams before bed will help. The products sink into the skin during sleep, making for more potent effects.

Wash Face Before Bed

Feeling tired is no reason to neglect simple safe skin habits, like washing your face before bedtime. Men and women both should also be sure to remove all makeup since foundation, or other skin-covering products will block the pores and keep the skin from breathing at nighttime. Take two minutes and wash with warm water and a gentle cleanser. Clean your face with a warm towel.

Brighter Eyes

Chances are after a night of too few periods of sleep, you had dark circles or bags under your eyes. "Puffy eyes are among the first things we see when we don't sleep," says Doris Day, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University's Langone Medical Center. Get enough of your eyes closed and you'll have less swelling under your eyes. Keep well-hydrated and lift your head with an extra pillow at night, too. This can also help to reduce the swelling.

Skin Gets Repaired Automatically

The skin fixes itself overnight and develops collagen to keep the face fuller. This normal process is one of the main advantages of skin sleep as part of preventive treatment. Without enough sleep, the skin may begin to fade and the appearance of fine lines will become visible due to lack of plumpness and elasticity.

Use of Moisturizer

The products to be used overnight will vary depending on whether a person has dry, oily or sensitive skin. The dermatologist will help assess the type of skin of a patient. In general, a gentle cleaner accompanied by a moisturizer is the way forward, says Robin Evans, MD, a board-certified dermatologist. "For most people, an emollient-rich moisturizer should be used after proper cleaning, before bedtime," she says. Look for a moisturizer that feels hydrating and calming, but not too hard.

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