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Spring Forward: Does Sleep Affect Your Skincare?

sleepDaylight Savings Time begins soon, and, unfortunately, we will all be losing an hour of sleep. While this certainly affects our energy levels and our moods, could it affect our skin health? We got to thinking about the positive health benefits of sleep for the entire body — your skin included. Could losing an hour of sleep when the clocks jump forward really impact your skin?

Indirectly, your sleep has an impact on your skin health. A study published in Sleep suggests that your risk of stress increases by 14% for every hour of sleep lost in a night. So that hour you lose over Daylight Savings Time could certainly leave you susceptible to stress.

So what is the skin health risk associated with losing sleep? Losing sleep can boost stress, which increases the production of glucocorticoid. Increased glucocorticoid production is associated with skin structure and function abnormalities, which can worsen skin conditions, such as acne.

Not getting enough sleep can also trigger the release of cortisol, a stress hormone. Large amounts of cortisol in the body can cause skin collagen to break down. This causes the skin to lose its elasticity and smoothness.

No matter how little or long you sleep, how you sleep can affect your skin health. Sleeping on your stomach with your face pressed into a pillow can trap oils and bacteria against the skin, causing blemishes. Rough pillow cases and bed linens can also irritate the skin as you sleep.

Sleep is essential for skin renewal. As you sleep, your skin rests and recovers. Seven to nine hours of sleep each night are ideal for good skin health. Going to sleep and waking up at or around the same time each day can create a positive rhythm for your skin each day. Sleeping on your back keeps your face out of the pillow and free of oils and bacteria that build up on your linens and in your pillows.

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