Get Your Beauty Rest: Sleep and the Skin

While you are sleeping, your skin has a chance to recover from the day by allowing blood to flow to the skin, offering countless benefits. According to Betsy Wernli, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with Forefront Dermatology, “strive for eight hours of rest each night. While sleeping, the body shifts its blood supply to the skin, providing increased circulation, allowing the skin to regenerate and retain a youthful look.” In a few days, your skin will look much better than if you were not getting enough rest.

Here are some of the beauty benefits of getting enough rest:

  • Fewer Wrinkles

Skin makes new collagen while you are sleeping. Added collagen gives your skin a firmer look and is less likely to wrinkle. Only getting five hours a night can lead to twice as many fine lines as sleeping eight hours would. It also leaves skin drier, which can make lines more visible.

  • A Beautiful Complexion

Blood flow to the skin increases while you are sleeping, which gives you that healthy, rosy glow. If you don’t get enough rest, you skin can look discolored, dry, and unhealthy.

  • Brighter, Less Saggy Eyes

When you don’t get enough sleep, the most obvious signal is your eyes. They end up looking red, with dark circles, puffiness, and may also look saggy. When you get at least seven hours of rest, it will show in your eyes.

  • A Bigger Smile

When you do not get enough rest, the corners of your mouth start to droop. Getting enough zzz’s will actually make you appear happier!

Your Local Skin Experts at Forefront Dermatology are Here to Help
If you have concerns about the health or appearance of your skin, schedule a visit with your local Forefront dermatologist to discuss how we can help.