Sleep for better skin

Scroll through the skin care routines, CTM and more, apparently the path to excellent looking skin begins with a good night's sleep. The idea is not to throw away all your skin care products, it is to improve the quality of your sleep. Dermatologist and cosmetologist Dr. Priyanka Reddy says that the importance of sleep for skin care cannot be stressed enough. Lack of sleep affects the moisture and pH levels of your skin, this causes your skin to dry out and become dehydrated, he adds. Dehydration has two impacts: first, it worsens certain skin conditions such as acne, inflammation and the redness; second, it has an aesthetic impact, that is, it accelerates the aging process, since dehydrated skin loses its elasticity much faster and leads to premature aging.

SNOOZE OR LOSS

The relationship between skin health and lack of quality sleep can be a vicious cycle, according to recent research published in the journal Clinics in Dermatology. Lack of sleep can lead to an increase in stress hormones such as cortisol in the body that increase the severity of inflammatory skin conditions. This can increase the itching, which can further interrupt sleep. As the vicious circle continues, skin conditions and sleep quality get worse together.

Reddy adds that in the long run, only adequate sleep can help improve skin health. However, in the short term, you can try to control the side effects of bad sleep. Dry and dehydrated skin can be treated following a proper skin care routine to exfoliate, moisturize and tone, the most important step is hydration, he says. His advice: use a moisturizer according to your skin type. You can also receive treatments to help improve skin hydration from the inside. If the problem is serious, consult a dermatologist. She warns against excessive sleep, which can also cause her skin cells to break down quickly and lead to dehydrated skin. In many cases, this can cause the same problems as sleeping too little.

Most healthy adults need at least 6½ to 7 hours of sleep. As you get older, you can sleep less and lighter, but 6½ hours is a must for everyone. But the important thing is the quality

Beauty benefits of a good night's sleep

Less wrinkles: The skin produces new collagen when it sleeps, which prevents sagging. It is part of the repair process. More collagen means thicker skin.

Radiant complexion: Your body increases blood flow to the skin while you sleep.

Brighter eyes: Dark circles or bags under the eyes are the direct result of very few Zzzs. Raise your head with an extra pillow at night to help reduce swelling.

Healthier and fuller hair: Hair follicles obtain nutrients, vitamins and minerals from the bloodstream; A good night's sleep feeds your hair well.

Healthier Appearance: Having little sleep can cause the corners of your mouth to fall, making you look sadder

The products work better: your skin can concentrate on repairing itself while sleeping, since it is not fighting the sun and free radicals.

TO SLEEP BETTER ...

- Do not eat just before bedtime. Make sure your last meal is at least 3 hours before delivering

- Stay away from screens (TV, laptop, mobile phone) for at least one hour before bedtime. Read a book. Even then, don't read anything too intense or fast

- Half an hour before bed, turn off the lights so you sleep well

- Build a sleep routine and sleep and wake up at the same time every day

- You can use melatonin supplements to help you sleep better, especially if you are adapting to a new time zone

- Drink plenty of water throughout the day, but not late at night

- Sleep under a warm blanket in a cool, dark and quiet room.

- Wear breathable cotton sheets and wash them regularly so they don't accumulate mites and bacteria.

- Use detergents that do not have strong fragrances

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