How Does Sleep Affect Skin?

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How Does Sleep Affect Skin?

08 September 2021


Well if being tired isn’t enough to convince you, this might;

Sleep affects the way you look. In one, admittedly small study, researchers had random people assess the faces of people who’d had good sleep and those who’d not achieved their 40 winks. The sleep deprived people had more hanging eyelids, redder eyes, more swollen eyes, darker circles under the eyes, paler skin, more wrinkles/fine lines, and more droopy corners of the mouth!

But it’s about more than they you look. It’s about the quality of your skin, too. Inadequate sleep is linked to reduced skin health and accelerated skin aging!

A US study looked at 60 pre-menopausal women between the ages of 30 and 49. Half of them were chronically bad sleepers. The researchers evaluated the women’s skin with a batch of skin assessments together with the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index. And here’s what they found; The women who didn’t sleep well had more signs of skin aging with more fine lines, uneven pigmentation and reduced skin elasticity. Good sleepers recovered more quickly from stress tests of the skin such as sun and environmental toxins. One test, called tape stripping, found that after 72 hours, good sleepers had 30% greater skin barrier recovery than poor sleepers.

There are a variety of reasons with a range of hormones turbo charging inflammatory mediators in the body.


1. Get enough sleep! The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours of sleep per night for most adults. Easier said than done! These tips might help;

a.) Go to bed early enough to get that elusive 7-9 hours a night!

b.) Put your phone on a charger either out of the room or out of reach of your bed to get away from its allure after dark.

c.) Have a great bedroom environment with light blocked out, away from noise (or some good ear plugs!) and a decent mattress

d.) Try some relaxing scents, calming music or the latest fad- bed time stories to get you off to sleep!

2. While you’re fixing your sleep, be sure to use the best, evidence based skincare. Our skin survey is a great place to start. You can get skincare personally tailored to your problem areas!

OK I’m exhausted! I’m off to bed! See you soon xx