Does Sleep Really Affect Your Skin?

We have all heard the age-old saying that we need our beauty sleep. But does sleep really impact beauty? The short answer: yes!

While there are many theories about why we sleep, we do know that sleep helps restore the body. It forms new pathways in the brain, heals and repairs cells and helps keep the immune system strong. It is also a time for the skin to repair itself--healing from the work it does each day to protect the body from environmental impacts.

A study in the journal of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology found that people who slept seven to nine hours had skin with more moisture and the ability to protect and heal itself from ultraviolet light. These factors all help minimize the signs of aging.

Even better? When we sleep, our skin produces collagen, which increases skin volume and elasticity. That means fewer wrinkles and less sagging. And a boost in blood flow adds a glowing complexion, especially paired with a good nighttime moisturizer. I like to use an oil and top with added moisture in the middle of our long Minnesota winters.

I have always been a proponent of sleep. My one goal in college was to get eight hours of sleep each night...and I did. Now my goal is for our whole family to get adequate sleep. Sure, for the added benefit of beautiful skin, but if I’m totally honest, more for the crabbies it eliminates!

So, rest up! Whether for good skin or a dose of happiness, it’s time to prioritize sleep.

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