Skin health articles

Sleep and skin repair

During the night, whilst sleeping, your body repairs itself and recovers in many ways. Growth hormones are stimulated while you sleep, allowing repair of damaged cells, new cell growth and skin recovery.

While sleeping, we have warmth and increased blood circulation to the skin, which clears away waste products and brings more hydration and nutrients to the deeper layers of your skin. 

If you don’t get enough sleep and rest then your skin looks drab, tired and lifeless – and can look more aged. Poor sleep also leads to poor water balance and dehydration, which can show as dark circles or puffiness under the eyes.

Another positive for your skin in getting enough sleep is that this is the time when the skin can repair and make some collagen. Loss of or damage to collagen leads to skin being more saggy and more wrinkled.

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