Get Your “Beauty Sleep”

When it comes to your beauty routine, sleep may be the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth. Your body repairs itself and recovers while you snooze, and that leads to a long list of benefits for your looks. The key is to get enough shut-eye. That means 7 to 9 quality hours each night.

According to sleep specialists, if you’re getting fewer than 6 hours, it’s likely affecting your appearance. The more hours you can add, the better you will look. The say “When you snooze you LOSE.” However, when it comes to your complexion and facial appearance, “When you snooze, you can actually WIN.”

Here are our 5 beauty benefits of getting enough sleep.

1. Fewer Wrinkles
Skin makes new collagen when you sleep, which prevents sagging. More collagen means skin is plumper and less likely to wrinkle. Getting only 5 hours a night can lead to twice as many fine lines as sleeping 7 or 8 would. It also leaves skin drier, which can make lines more visible.

2. A Glowing Complexion
Your body boosts blood flow to the skin while you snooze, which means you wake to a healthy glow. Skimp on sleep and your complexion can look drab, ashen, or lifeless.Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin surrounding your face, making it become dull and causing you to lose those rosy cheeks.

3. Less Puffy Eyes
Chances are, you’ve had dark circles or bags under your eyes after a night of too few Zzz’s. Puffy eyes are one of the first things we see when we don’t sleep. Staying well-hydrated can help reduce swelling. Plenty of rest can also minimize dark circles. When blood isn’t flowing well, which happens when you’re low on sleep, it can collect under your eyes and become visible, since the skin there is so thin.

5. Happier, Healthier Appearance
Too little sleep can cause the corners of your mouth to droop, making you look sadder than you do after a good night’s rest. Red, swollen eyes, dark circles, sagging eyelids, and paler skin can also signal to others that you’re exhausted. People who don’t get enough rest are also seen as less healthy than when they’re rested.

6. Products Work Better
Your skin can focus on repairing itself while you sleep, since it isn’t defending itself from sun and a harsh environment. Blood flow is also more consistent, helping your skin benefit from the repairing ingredients in your beauty products. Skin also loses more water when you sleep than it does during the day. Applying a creamier moisturizer before bed and drinking plenty of water during the day will help your complexion stay hydrated overnight.