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Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics

How Does Sleep Affect Our Skin

Dr. Michael Breus answered:
Here are a few good facts that people should bear in mind:

• As we age, lack of sleep affects us more deeply and shows up more
prominently on our faces (which explains why dark circles, fine lines,
and pallid complexions aren’t a problem in our twenties despite the
late nights, but can be later on).

• Sleep induces the production of collagen, a key ingredient in firm,
youthful skin.

• The skin’s capacity to hold water is enhanced by sleep, thereby
keeping skin moisturized and supple.

• Sleep deprivation can sting the immune system, leaving one
vulnerable to rashes and skin-related problems.

• Growth hormone peaks during deep sleep, and this hormone plays a
central role in initiating cellular repair.