This Is What Happens To Your Skin When You Sleep

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We know just how important it is to get a decent amount of rest. It’s not the first time you’ve heard how important sleep is to your overall health, I’m sure of that. But do you know what happens to your skin when you sleep? Well, in short, your body heads into what I like to refer to as recoup mode.

Your body has a way of recharging itself at a point when it wants to, whether you like it or not. There are some studies out there that suggest your skin cells kick into reboot mode around midnight.

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According to a doctor based out of New York, Dennis Gross, MD, this is when cell division takes place. It’s the process in which your cells renew and your skin repairs itself.

Did you know that your skin reacts better to products during the recharge phase? It’s in that renewal or recharge mode that you begin to reap the benefits of all those skin care products that you use daily. If you’re planning on using expensive products that contain high strength ingredients, it’s best to apply them during the night time. This allows your skin to best benefit from them. Adding products into the repair and recharge process can only help improve your skin.

Another thing that happens to your skin when you sleep is a loss of moisture. The reason this typically happens is due to the fact that you’re not producing as much sebum as you do during the day. As a result, you end up losing some of that natural protective layer that helps lock moisture into the skin. This causes water loss from your skin. This is why it’s so important to apply night creams and other types of products at night that help you retain and lock in that moisture.

Another thing that happens when you sleep is your cortisol levels drop as do your stress levels. When you’re not in a sleeping state, your skin ends up in a state which makes it more prone to becoming inflamed. When you sleep, your inflammation levels decrease, ultimately giving your skin the rest that it needs and depuffing so to speak.

Sleeping also helps give your skin a much-needed break from the environmental factors that exist during the day. These are factors which can really damage your skin. Think of how many times we mention to wear sunscreen. It’s because the UV rays will damage your skin. When you’re sleeping comfortably at night, you’re not fighting UV rays, cigarette smoke, dramatic changes in temperature and other stuff. Instead, your skin simply rests and recharges as it should.

If after reading this article you still don’t want to sleep, then perhaps you really do want to look and feel years older than your actual age. If that’s the case, I’m not sure what to tell you other than good luck! I use just about every product you can think of before bed and my head hits the pillow in a timely manner every single night. That’s because I know just how important it truly is to get good sleep. That being said, I’m off to bed, good night!

This Is What Happens To Your Skin When You Sleep
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Gina V.

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Gina is a self-taught skin care enthusiast with 10 years of experience in cosmetology. Her quest for perfect skin allows us to share many of her experiences here on this site and on our YouTube channel.

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