Whew! I don't know about you, but I feel much more well rested after receiving that extra one hour of sleep Saturday night!
You've all heard to old adage that sleep is important, but did you know that a good night of sleep can improve your skin? (Seriously? All you have to do is sleep to be beautiful? Where do I sign up?!) Well, of course you won't turn into a flawless Disney princess over night, but you can improve your skin and overall appearance with a good night of rest.
What benefits can a good night of rest provide for your skin?
- Sleep increases skincare’s efficacy. Vitamins, retinoids and other ingredients lose potency after exposure to sunlight, rendering them less effective. Because there’s no sunlight at night, the products’ “anti-aging ingredients stay active longer,” according to Prevention. Consequently, they might provide more anti-aging benefits for your skin.
- Sleep promotes cell turnover. Cell regeneration is the process where fresh, new skin cells replace old, dead skin. This happens quicker at night compared to daytime, Alex Khadavi, M.D., associate dermatology professor at the University of Southern California, tells Prevention.
- Sleep cleans up daily damage. During the day, skin is bombarded with UV rays, pollution and other harmful environmental elements. These culprits can cause damage like dehydration, lines, wrinkles and sun spots. At night, skin repairs itself to reverse this damage.