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This Is What Happens to Your Skin When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep

No matter how many times we’re told about the importance of getting a good night’s sleep (and if you need a reminder, read this), sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Stress, alcohol, caffeine, between the sheets Instagram scrolling, your inconsiderate (and loud) roommate... There are a myriad of factors that keep us from getting our solid eight hours. Besides feeling groggy and just plain cranky, a lack of shut-eye can have detrimental effects on our skin, too. As if you needed yet another reason to fix your sleeping habits, keep scrolling for all the ways running on zero sleep impacts your skin.

Dark Circles and Under Eye Bags

Two tell tale signs of a bad night’s sleep? Dark circles and under eye bags. When you don’t get enough sleep, your blood vessels dilate, leading to excess fluid being stored in the undereye area. Since the skin around your eyes is thin, this causes dark circles to appear and eyes to become puffy.

How to Fix It:
If you know you’re not going to get a good night’s sleep (perhaps from taking a red-eye flight or working overtime), keep a cooling eye gel handy. The Vacation Eyes Brightening Eye Gel) helps improve circulation and flush out that excess liquid that contributes to dark circles and bags. 

Dehydrated Skin

The key to a soft, supple complexion is hydration. In fact, one of the skin’s jobs while you’re away in dreamland is to maintain a barrier against fluid loss. But when you lose out on sleep, your skin’s pH levels drop and that barrier breaks down, leading to a loss in moisture. The result? Your skin looks dull, uneven, and inflamed.

How to Fix It:
If you notice your skin appears dry in the a.m., pop on a hydrating mask (like our appropriately coined Look Alive Hydrating Plumping Mask) to bring life back into your skin and replenish the h2O that you lost. 

Increased Breakouts

If tackling zits is on your to-do list, then getting enough zzz’s should certainly be on your agenda, too. A lack of sleep triggers the release of cortisol (the stress hormone), and as we all know, we tend to breakout more when we’re feeling stressed out. The skin also goes into repair mode at night, replenishing the skin and healing wounds, so missing out on that time doesn’t give your skin the chance to clear up its acne.

How to Fix It:
Combat existing breakouts and prevent new ones from forming with products that calm inflammation and reduce redness, like our Just Breathe Clarifying Serum.

Aging Skin

While growing older is by no means preventable, a good night’s sleep can do wonders to prevent fine lines and loosening skin from arriving prematurely. That’s because while you sleep, your body secretes a growth hormone that helps maintain collagen and skin elasticity. As you can imagine, a lack of sleep causes these to breakdown, leading to aging skin. And since your skin also becomes dehydrated when you skip your shut-eye, fine lines and wrinkles become much more pronounced.

How to Fix It:
Even if you can’t head to bed anytime soon, apply Recovery Mode to prevent against the degradation of elastin and collagen.  

Now that you've been inspired to get more zzz's, try these sleep habits for better skin.