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How Lack of Sleep Affects Your Skin

Posted by Porcelana Staff on

Every day, you face the world in order to make something out of yourself. A normal office worker usually stays at the workplace from morning until late afternoon, and yet there often is overtime work, or work that you take home. For some, their work starts after sunset and ends after sunrise. And, some stay up for a movie marathon or indulge in some good reading. Whatever the reason is, this leads us to a lack of sleep, also known as sleep deprivation. Did you know that lack of sleep causes a multitude of effects on your skin? Let’s see how.

Lack of Sleep Hastens Skin Aging

During sleep, your body and brain are able to take a rest from your daytime activities. During deep sleep, your body releases growth hormones. These hormones promote skin repair at night, aid in the stimulation of skin cell production, and help with collagen synthesis. Without growth hormones, accumulation of damaged cells in the skin make it dull in appearance. Moreover, a lack of sleep would cause a release of the stress hormones, which causes an increase of inflammation (e.g. resulting in puffy eyes), an increase of collagen breakdown producing lines and wrinkles.

Lack of Sleep Creates Sensitive Skin

The lack of sleep produces sensitive skin wherein it affects the skin’s natural barrier function, causes dryness, and later on it would lead to immune-related skin diseases. In the presence of stress hormones, lack of sleep can also result in increased acne breakout.

Lack of Sleep Causes Dark Circle Formation

Since a lack of sleep decreases your skin’s ability to regenerate, this causes your blood vessels to dilate. Since the skin under your eyes is thinner than the other areas of your body, it produces a bluish or purplish tinge which is commonly called dark circles (or sometimes, raccoon eyes).

Tips on Taking Care of your Skin

Everyday it is important for you to take care of your skin. With a lack of sleep, the more important it is to pay attention to the needs of your skin.

 Beauty Rest. It is important to plan for at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Make sure to keep a regular sleep schedule every day.

 Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and heavy meals 4 to 6 hours before bedtime.

 Get regular exercise and keep a healthy diet.

 Stay hydrated - not only for your whole body, but as well as to keep your skin moisturized.

 Make a bedtime skin care routine. Make sure to remove your makeup completely and apply a moisturizer to stay throughout the night. You can use Porcelana’s Night Cream, since it contains avocado extract which increases your skin’s moisture levels, and vitamins to revitalize the skin. It also contains hydroquinone, which gently erases your dark circles, discolorations, and blemishes.

Sleep deprivation causes a multitude of effects on your skin. Thus, it is important to keep in mind the tips that we have noted. With Porcelana’s Night Cream, you’ll be sure that your skin’s needs are taken care of at night. You can also use Porcelana’s Day Cream to maintain your skin’s needs during the day. With Porcelana, keep your skin healthy and maintain a youthful glow! Shop Now!