When it comes to keeping your overall health, mood and memory in tiptop shape, we’ve long known that if you don’t snooze, you lose. Skipping out on Zzzs can affect your body and mind’s performance from the inside out—and the consequences for your skin are no exception. In fact, they go well beyond the telltale dark circles and sleep creases that fade.
A 2015 study partially sponsored by the Sleep School in London found that missing just two hours of sleep for less than a week can spell serious trouble for your complexion—specifically, an increase in wrinkles, bacteria and blemishes. These findings support a 2013 study by University Hospitals Case Medical Center, which revealed that sleep-deprived women (ages 30 to 49) showed signs of premature skin aging (fine lines, uneven pigmentation and reduced skin elasticity) and a decrease in their skin’s ability to recover after sun exposure.
Whether you’re a man or woman, sleep is essential to good health and good skin. The skin “rests” at night, which means cells undergo repair and turn over slightly faster, helping your face look bright and refreshed. Just because your fall calendar is filling up and back-to-school schedules have you tempted to burn the candle at both ends, try not to let your skin suffer. Check out these tips for getting a good night’s sleep (plus a few tricks to make those precious hours of slumber work harder for your skin).
How To Maximize Your Beauty Rest
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