The Effects of Sleep, Diet, and Hydration on Your Skin

May 20th, 2018 by Dr. Michael Glass

Daily Tricks to Keep Your Skin Healthy and Glowing


When it comes to skincare, it’s easy to assume our cleaning regimen, serums and creams are the only things that matter.

The truth is that there are 3 important factors that have a serious impact on the quality of our skin.

Have you guessed them?

They are sleep, diet, and hydration. You’ve probably heard these factors spoken about in relation to your skin, but have you ever considered just how your patterns are affecting the face you put forward each day? There’s no time like the present to learn more about how to regulate your sleep, diet, and hydration to keep your skin fresh and vibrant!

Sleep and Your Skin

Sleep is one of the most important parts of each day. Whether you have a strict sleeping schedule that you always adhere to, or you just manage to get in a few winks of sleep each night in between all your activities, the effects are noticeable. You know the difference between waking up rested and refreshed and hitting the snooze button because you need more time under the covers. alarm clock close up with woman sleeping peacefully on a bed on the back

Your energy level is not the only thing affected by your sleeping patterns. Your skin makes it clear what quality and quantity of sleep you are having. When it comes to the health of your skin, you need to focus on getting enough sleep.

Some of the skin effects of bad sleep include:

  • Puffy eyes.
  • Dark circles.
  • A dull and ashy complexion.

In fact, Cosmopolitan says, “burning the candle at both ends is the no. 1 reason your blood vessels dilate, which leads to dark circles.” When someone says you look tired, it’s your skin that’s giving you away!

Diet and Skin Quality

Another main player in the overall quality of your skin is your diet. The key to using your diet to enhance the appearance and feel of your skin is balance. Both undereating and overeating will give you undesirable skin results. Your skin is an important organ and you need to feed it the proper nutrients. According to The Quench, “eating a well-balanced healthy diet will help your skin look its best.”

If you don’t eat enough, your skin is likely to look:

  • Drained and tired.
  • Pale.
  • Off-color and unhealthy.

When overeating is your dietary struggle, your skin may respond with:

  • Excessive oiliness.
  • Clogged pores.
  • Frequent breakouts.

Your skin demonstrates the saying ‘you are what you eat!’

Make sure you are eating enough fruits and vegetables and avoiding over processed foods.

Hydration is Key

background of bubbles forming in water after lemon is dropped into it.Water intake is something that can affect our bodies in so many different ways. Your body is made mainly of water and needs a constant supply in order to keep everything functioning properly. When you’re not drinking enough water, thirst isn’t the only thing you will have to deal with.

The signs will start to show in your body, namely through your skin.

Dry skin is a major indication that your body is dehydrated. The best way to tackle dry skin is to drink water proactively. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated! In order to drink enough water, try adding lemon or keeping a refillable water bottle on your desk at work.

If you’re plagued with skin issues, go back to the roots and consider adjusting your sleep, diet, and hydration patterns! If you need a push in the right direction and want to brighten up dull skin, call Esteem for a consultation, 775.204.3508.