Beauty sleep: truth or myth

Despite the title, we know the truth. And if you neglected your zzz’s in favor of a weekend of late nights, so do you. Today’s must-have is a bonus for your skin, your eyes, your hair and your well-being — It’s called sleep.

No amount of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing can undo the damage done to your skin by skimming by a few hours of sleep. Sleep is that magical time when damaged skin cells repair themselves, and without enough your skin doesn’t have the time to complete the restorative process, which can create fine lines, wrinkling and a blotchy, uneven skin tone.

Another thing paying a heavy price for your late nights is your skin’s flagging elasticity. Collagen — that magical thing that your body produces to keep your skin plump, smooth and elastic — weakens with time, and sleepy-time is when your body naturally produces collagen. So you do the math: Not enough sleep + not enough collagen = saggy, baggy skin.

If that equation isn’t enough to scare you into at least 7 hours of shut-eye, let’s talk about acne. Your body is a masterpiece at self preservation, and when it’s not getting enough rest, it will produce a particular class of stress hormone called glucocorticoids in increasing amounts. Glucocoricoids can then produce a particularly stubborn bout of acne. What?! Yes. Stress, paired with a lack of sleep is a troublesome twosome that can trigger abnormalities in the skin structure, exacerbating acne and make it increasingly difficult to get rid of.

Wrinkles, sagging and acne? Those late nights don’t really seem worth it now, do they? Instead, try scheduling in at least 7 hours of sleep a night and get back your glow.


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