The time we spend sleeping is more active than most people realize. The mind and body enter
a biological regeneration mode while we sleep, performing reparative functions that don’t really occur during wakefulness. The brain clears out waste products like amyloid beta (a substance associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease)3, ramps up its production of protective brain cells and consolidates memories to enhance problem- solving and creativity.
Skin follows a similarly regenerative process. Sleep-inducing melatonin is produced at night and is known for its antioxidant properties – and levels of the stress hormone cortisol fall during sleep, allowing skin to repair and protect itself from outside damage. Sleep also allows the body to make more collagen, which minimizes fine lines, and release more human growth hormone, which increases muscle mass and strengthens skin.
Conversely, sleep deprivation wreaks havoc on skin. Just a few nights of missed sleep can result in sallow skin and puffy eyes, and chronic sleep deprivation leads to dark circles and early raging. As your professional skin therapist, we can’t always convince you to get the recommended seven hours’ nightly sleep – but we can help you maximize the skin benefits from the sleep you do get.