Sleep is a natural antioxidant and critical for the repair of all organs and tissues. It’s well known that sleep deprivation has negative effects on skin and the body. In fact, just one sleepless night reduces skin’s moisture levels by 50%.
Research also shows that sleep deprivation affects the skin barrier, makes skin more sensitive and if sleep deprivation is prolonged, decreases skin elasticity and alters the skin barrier significantly. Leading to the increased risk of inflammation, development of dermatosis and even premature ageing.
WHAT HAPPENS TO SKIN AT NIGHT?
Rejuvenation processes in the body and many of its functions, including skin cells metabolism are regulated via sleep-wakefulness balance. When we sleep our body can eliminate free radicals and ROS produced in the daytime. Skin also renews and is recovering from any external damage.
TIP: At night is the best time to use more intense skincare.
WHAT HAPPENS IF SLEEP IS DISTURBED?
When sleep is disturbed or deprived, research has shown a selective impact on the cells’ functions.
For example, deep skin cells, dermal fibroblasts, continue to produce the essential structural protein of the skin, collagen and elastin, while losing the ability to arrange them in three-dimensional structures.
Arranging collagen and elastin into skin structures is done by special chaperone proteins, which appear to be activated in deep sleep. When sleep is insufficient, randomly distributed collagen and other proteins fail to perform their functions. In particular, they can’t create the thick organised structure of firm healthy skin.
Eventually, the face acquires the characteristic fatigued look, which may become more and more pronounced if sleep deprivation persists.
HOW CAN WE HELP SKIN AT NIGHT?
Getting a full 7-8 hours of sleep is beneficial for skin, but realistically it isn’t always possible. Today’s world is full of stress, life doesn’t always allow sufficient time for rest and recuperation, not everyone is able to fall asleep easily and wake up rested and happy.
Include dedicated circadian regulating products to boost skin recovery and regeneration.
Include antioxidants to help your skin fight free radicals accumulated in the day, restore skin from UV damage as well as strengthen your natural skin barrier. Preparing skin for the next day.
Remember to apply your skincare at night, it’s a great time to help skin no matter your age.
The older you are, the more your skin feels the lack of skin elasticity after sleep deprivation as collagen is reduced with age and the first to suffer from lack of sleep.