From dermatologists to Disney movies, we’re constantly being told that beauty sleep should be an integral part of every woman’s daily routine. While not getting enough sleep often means it’s difficult to function properly, how does it actually affect our skin?
We spoke to Amy Erbacher, a skin expert at Olay, to find out what actually happens to us and our skin when we sleep and why beauty sleep is so important.
Why is sleep important for the skin?
“Sleep is important for our entire wellbeing because that’s when our body rests and repairs itself. The skin is no exception: cellular renewal occurs when we are sleeping, and it’s especially effective at this time because we’re not fighting the environmental stressors our body deals with during the day.”
How does not getting enough sleep show on your skin?
“The signs of tired skin are very easy to spot: it becomes dull, lifeless and dark circles often form under the eyes. Our skin barrier also weakens, becoming dehydrated and sensitive (more prone to blemishes and breakouts); it also often means we are more likely to come down with illness.
Tired skin becomes becomes dull, lifeless and peppered with black circles. Image: Pexels.
We have to look after our skin, and we can do that in two ways: internally, which means having a good diet, drinking lots of water and getting lots of rest, and topically, which is about what products we put onto our skin. Our skin is porous, so whatever we put onto our skin enters into our body.”