This is not one of those myths about ways and tricks to look more beautiful; a good night sleep can actually achieve it, and that through better skin. The author of the book Forget the Facelift said, “Your skin, and your whole body, goes into repair mode when you sleep”. In simpler words and imagery that we can all relate to; if you don’t sleep enough you will get under eyes black circles, puffy eyes, and wrinkles. Scared yet?

Well first things first, what is a good night sleep? Experts say that it should go from seven to nine hours of sleep a night. And any additional hour does not mean that your skin would be better, it actually can give the opposite result, by causing skin cell breakdown.

During those advised hours of sleep, the body’s hydration rebalances, which means that your skin gets its moisture if needed, and the excess water is evacuated later (which is probably the first thing you do every morning, wink, wink).

Growth hormones help damaged cells to become repaired during deep sleep. Thus, if you don’t get enough of that deep sleep, the repair cannot be done, resulting in aging cells that accumulate every night you don’t sleep as much as you need to, therefore leaving you with aging skin.

Finally, sleep depravation generally causes exhaustion, then automatically stress (you don’t need to be a scientist to figure that one out), which weakens your whole body and its normal functions, which can then cause inflammations, and bad skin conditions as eczema.

See, no wonder they call it “beauty sleep”.

Anyways, a good night sleep is crucial to one’s beauty, so in case you want to preserve your beautiful skin, here are some useful sleeping habits that can help:

  • Have a regular sleeping rhythm, by going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day (or as often as possible).
  • Avoid pressing your face into the pillow when you sleep. However, since you cannot control your movements while deep in your sleep, better have a soft pillowcase with a high thread count. And try and avoid dyed sheets a pillow covers, which can irritate the sensitive skin.

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