It’s no secret that sleep is important for your health. And since your skin is a reflection of your overall health, getting enough sleep will also help your skin look its best. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t sleep as much as they should. According to the 2011 Sleep in America® poll, 43% of respondents said that they rarely or never get enough sleep during the week. In addition to having a huge impact on your health, getting too little sleep can counteract the benefits of your daily skin care routine. But the good news is you can leverage your nighttime slumber to improve your skin health!
Not Getting Enough Sleep Can Cause Acne Breakouts and Premature Aging
If you have acne-prone skin, not getting enough sleep can trigger a response from your adrenal gland that causes an overproduction of hormones. That leads to the overproduction of skin cells and sebum (oil), clogging pores and causing blemishes. The response is similar to the way in which stress can cause acne. But there’s another way in which a lack of sleep can cause acne breakouts. When you don’t get enough sleep, you feel tired. And when you feel tired, you probably rely on caffeine to pick you up. But just as with a lack of sleep, too much caffeine can trigger an adrenal response that leads to clogged pores and acne breakouts. No matter how effective your acne treatment products are, not sleeping enough will counteract your efforts to get healthy and clear skin.
Stress also accelerates the signs of aging, and when you’re not getting enough sleep your body feels stressed. In addition to contributing to the development of lines and wrinkles, not sleeping enough interferes with your body’s ability to repair the environmental damage that’s done during the day. Sleep keeps you young in general, but it definitely keeps your skin young.
Too Little Sleep Leads to Older-Looking Eyes
How many times have you looked in the mirror after not getting enough sleep and been frustrated with dark circles or puffiness underneath your eyes? When you don’t sleep properly, it shows on the skin beneath your eyes. While the best way to reduce under-eye circles and puffiness is to give your body the rest it craves, using an eye cream or concealer can temporarily improve the appearance of under-eye dark circles and puffiness. But the best way to keep the skin around your eyes youthful-looking is to keep them closed for a full night of rest.
Customer Review: Murad Eye Lift Illuminator
“The Eye Lift Illuminator is a great product, especially when used as a top layer to your normal eye product. The texture is silky and refreshing, and I found a noticeable reduction in the appearance of darkness and fine lines.” bwat, Washington, DC
Treat Your Skin While You Sleep
During sleep, your body goes through a natural repair cycle, and using skin care products that are designed to hydrate and treat your skin during the night can enhance this effect. Skin treatments and moisturizers that may be too intense or thick for daytime use are perfect for use at night. From anti aging treatments to acne treatments to intensely hydrating facial moisturizers, Murad offers a complete line of skin care products to treat, restore and rejuvenate your skin while you sleep. While more lightweight skin care products tend to work best during the day, more intense treatments are best for nighttime skin care and work alongside your body’s natural rest and repair cycle.
Recommended Product: Age Reform® Anti-Aging Night Regimen
From Murad’s Age Reform line, this regimen includes a cleanser, skin serum and night cream that work throughout the night to improve skin’s texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Customer Review: Age Reform Anti-Aging Night Regimen
“This regimen is great for PM use! I have been using Murad products for almost a year and a half, and people began asking me after 6 months what was different . . . did I have work done? A facelift? They noticed a difference and so did I!” Kimmyb, Longview, TX
If you don’t get enough sleep, you’re harming both your body and your skin. Find ways to reduce stress in the hours before you go to bed (experts recommend turning off the television, radio and computer at least an hour before bedtime), make your bedroom dark and cool, and then get a full night of sleep in order to have a healthy body…and glowing skin.