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Beauty Rx – Catch More Zzzzs!

Published November 13, 2013 9:32 AM by Mina Grasso
Most of us have been told that we need more sleep. "If you don't sleep, you are not going to grow," is something that many of us heard as children and have repeated to our children. We have been aware that lack of sleep is not good for our health, but may not have understood what overall negative effects it can have on us, including our skin health and beauty.

Our bodies go through a repair and rejuvenation mode when we sleep. When we are sleep-deprived, hormonal and metabolic changes are disrupted.  Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to increased stress, oxidative stress and inflammation, which results in conditions such as obesity, diabetes, cancer and a host of conditions related to immune deficiency. 

Sleep deprivation interferes with skin cell regeneration. Skin cell regeneration usually doubles during sleep. A small study at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio showed that women with sleep deprivation had a disruption in skin-barrier function, greater water loss from the skin and higher levels of inflammatory chemicals in the circulation that, over time, resulted in adverse changes in the epidermal and dermal of the skin. 

The researchers found that the sleep-deprived subjects showed increased signs of skin-aging with more fine lines, uneven pigmentation and reduced elasticity while the subjects that had quality sleep recovered from environmental stressors like sunburn from UV radiation more rapidly. An additional finding showed those who slept well perceived themselves to be more attractive than the sleep-deprived subjects.

So, don't compromise your beauty and health by depriving your body of sleep. Get a good night's sleep. Give our body time to repair and rejuvenate to maintain your skin's health and beauty.  Sleep well at night, enjoy beautiful skin and feel more attractive during the day.

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