There are many factors that come into play when trying to get healthy skin. Your diet plays a key role as well as effective skin care products including facial scrubs, serums, DPL light, and moisturizers. But one of the most important things you can do for your skin is to get plenty of sleep.
When you get a good night’s sleep your skin looks rosy, smoother, and your wrinkles are plumped up. While your body is at rest your cells are hard at work repairing, regenerating, and renewing themselves. During this restful time your skin cell production speeds up and your body temperature rises which actually helps your nighttime products penetrate more deeply into the layers of your skin where they can work more effectively.
While you sleep, the hormone melatonin is released and acts as an antioxidant which protects your cells from being damaged by free radicals. On the other hand when you don’t get enough sleep your body produces a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol damages your collagen and causes your skin to age. Sleep deprivation can also trigger dark circles and puffiness, just more reason to get a good night’s sleep.
There has been research that also suggests that it may not be just sleep that encourages your skin to function properly but a state of deep relaxation or “relaxed wakefulness” as well. This suggests that actions such as meditation, prayer, deep breathing exercises, or any peaceful activity will have positive benefits and encourage great skin.
Beauty rest is aptly named, as your skin’s healthy relies on rest as a catalyst for repair and healing processes to take place. Getting plenty of sleep or moments of deep relaxation will help your skin look revitalized and renewed. Your skin needs rest in order to function properly so make a concerted effort to get plenty of sleep; it will benefit your skin, your health, and your mental state.