A Good Night’s Skincare

October 12th, 2017 by Dr. Michael Glass

Why Sleep is Good for Your Skin


Didn’t get enough sleep last night? Now you’re groggy and tired. Your body feels weak. Your vision is blurry and your eyes are puffy. You just want to slip back under those covers for another hour or two. So does your skin.

A good night’s sleep is essential for a healthy lifestyle.

The body repairs itself during our sleeping hours, removing toxins from the brain, increasing blood flow, and repairing damaged cells, just to name a few.

Not getting enough sleep can lead to a slew of physical and mental problems. But sleep also affects our skin, too. That’s why getting a good night’s sleep is essential for skincare.

Sleep as Rejuvenation

reflection in the mirror. woman looks in the mirror noticing the first wrinklesBesides puffy eyes, a symptom of skin’s lack of sleep, getting less than 7-9 hours of rest each night can also mean more wrinkles, as well as drier skin, and a paler complexion.

Our skin goes into repair mode when we sleep, producing things like human growth hormone (HGH) and collagen. These repair damaged tissues and promote cell turnover. In addition, blood flow is increased during sleep, which leads to a healthy glow the next morning. In order to capitalize on all of these benefits, it’s important to get the right amount of sleep, so your skin has time to activate its regenerative properties.

Your Skin is a Sponge

Our sleeping skin also does a better job of taking in skincare products.

The best time to apply moisturizers and toners is around 9 pm, when skin is the most receptive to topical treatments.

Rinsing, exfoliating, and moisturizer before we settle in for the night is essential for healthy skin. Clearing away the day’s debris, as well as moisturizing, aids our skin’s natural healing processes. This is important, since our skin can become dehydrated during the nighttime. Using a creamier moisturizer, even drinking a glass of water before bedtime, can help maintain a healthier complexion for the following morning.

Sleeping is Skincare

By getting a full night’s sleep, and taking advantage of your body’s natural healing processes, you can improve your skin’s texture and tone in as little as 2-3 weeks. Stick to a regular sleep schedule, and maintain a nighttime ritual of rinsing, exfoliating, and moisturizing.

For skincare products, look for ingredients like Retinol, which improves collagen production, antioxidants to help clear away free radicals, and hyaluronic acid to keep your skin hydrated while it sleeps.

Consider sleep an essential part of skincare and you’ll not only look great, you’ll feel great, too. 775.204.3508