What Happens To Your Skin When You Sleep

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Did you know that a Good Night Sleep helps not just your body but your skin rest, repair and restore as well? The biggest secret to beautiful skin is none other than GOOD Sleep! Research shows that there is a direct connection between sleep and how your skin looks and feels. If you care for your skin (and for your overall wellbeing!) — you need to get a sufficient amount of rest each night. 

Here are 7 things that happen to your skin while you’re asleep.

#1 Your skin repairs itself & fights ageing.

✔ Sleep is nature’s best defence against skin ageing. As your body rests, the skin repairs itself.
✔ When you’re asleep, your hormone levels are at their peak, and that’s when your cell repair takes place.
✔ Your skin restores up to 3 times faster at night than during the day.

#2 Your skin produces collagen.

✔ Sleep helps in collagen production.
✔ During sleep, blood flow increases, collagen rebuilds, and the muscles in your face relax after a long day.
✔ Collagen helps your skin stay soft, supple and young. 

#3 Your skin cells regenerate

Skin cells regenerate faster at night than during the day.
✔ When you sleep at the right time (10 PM – 6 AM), the cell division that renews and repairs skin—is at its peak.
Good and adequate sleep is thus essential to keep your skin young and healthy.

#4 Your skin becomes receptive to certain products

✔ Skincare products applied at night will help you get gorgeous skin.
✔ Apply the right skincare product just before bedtime to help accelerate the skin’s repair functions as you sleep.

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#5 Your skin loses moisture

✔ Losing water from the skin happens toward the end of the day and into the night. Skin gets dry oversleep.
✔ Replenish the water loss by applying moisturizer to your skin before bedtime. 

#6 Your skin becomes slightly hotter

✔ When you sleep, your skin becomes slightly hotter and slightly more acidic.
✔ Your skin can become quite dry.
✔  This is why moisturizing your skin is a must before bedtime.

#7 Your skin takes a break from the stress

✔ When you get quality sleep, the stress hormone levels drop.
✔ Not sleeping well increases your stress hormone – cortisol levels and hurts your skin quality, causing inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis.

Our skin never stops working — especially when we’re asleep. Get your beauty sleep right on time!

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Dr Jisha Gomez

Dr Jisha Gomez

She is a highly skilled dermatology physician with strong expertise in improving skin & hair health through the development of corrective treatment combinations. She completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff, UK & Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine (FAM) from the Institute of Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Delhi with over 5+ years experience treating skin patients. She has worked in Government hospitals in Trivandrum and Bangalore. She is actively involved in creating awareness for healthy skin, breaking the social stigma based on skin colour & stopping steroid abuse in our country.