You’ve probably heard someone say that they need their “beauty sleep.” And in truth, it’s such an old cliche that we don’t think much about it.
But there’s a reason why sleep is associated with beauty, and it’s more than meets the eye. Literally. We’re talking about more than just under-eye baggage here (although that’s a factor too).
In this post, we’re going to cover the most important reasons why beauty sleep should be a part of your skin regimen. Because if you aren’t already making sleep a priority, you clearly need some convincing. But don’t worry. After this post, bedtime will become the most important part of your day.
Here’s why beauty sleep should become an important part of your skin regimen.
If you’re already dealing with an inflammatory skin condition like acne, eczema, or rosacea, lack of sleep could lead to a flare-up because it leads to more inflammation within the body. During sleep, the body has a chance to heal and calm inflammation. But if you aren’t sleeping enough, that inflammation just continues to build. So if you’re already struggling with your skin’s health, beauty rest is not optional. It’s essential.
Sleep keeps your skin youthful
When you aren’t sleeping enough at night, your body has more trouble fighting free radicals that will inevitably damage collagen. Not only will this give you a rough appearance in the morning, but over time, it could have a lasting impact that leads to premature aging.
Your skin hydrates when you sleep
You can do all the right things and even drink a gallon of water during the day, but if you aren’t sleeping enough, your skin won’t have quite the same luster. Your skin hydrates while you sleep, so with enough rest, you can wake up with a fresh, dewy complexion. Poor water balance in your skin is actually what causes those puffy eyes in the morning when you haven’t had enough rest.
Poor sleep is linked to weight gain
While not completely linked to skin health, studies show that you’re more likely to gain weight when you aren’t sleeping enough. And when you’re packing on weight around your midsection, you run the risk of other health issues that can detract from your skin and beauty.
So, here’s the bottom line: Whenever anyone says they need beauty rest, believe them. It doesn’t matter how attractive you think they are. Sleep can help maintain and even enhance the standards we associate with beauty. Because when you really think about it, those standards are almost always associated with overall health and wellbeing. Healthy is always beautiful.
And, as for you, if you aren’t getting your beauty sleep, it’s time to start. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night. Some people need more, while others can get away with less. But eight hours is a good baseline to begin with.
Sleep deprivation can affect your skin, weight, and overall health, so do whatever you can to get that beauty rest.