During the day our skin undergoes various different assaults as we expose it to environmental pollution and UV rays. When you’re asleep your body works hard to repair itself focusing on restoring any damage that has occurred during the day.
There are several things going on with our bodies at night that affect the skin. Sleep reduces the stress hormone known as cortisol and increases the sleep hormone melatonin. Cortisol has negative effects on the body at night including sleep disruption whereas melatonin, which helps you sleep reacts to help combat age spots and fine lines. As we get older our bodies naturally produce less melatonin but there are products that can aid the skins natural processes such as dermalogica’s overnight repair serum from their agesmart range, specially designed for ageing skin.
During the first stages of sleep our bodies produce more of the growth hormone which helps to repair and rebuild body tissues like muscle and bone. Our body tissues breakdown protein slower during sleep and its these proteins that are instrumental in cell renewal which repairs damage to your skin.
During the deep stages of sleep is when your skin is working at its hardest. The cellular process is at its highest during this stage of sleep helping your skin cells to repair and rebuild themselves which helps to brighten your skin tone and fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
How can you help?
- Make sure you remove any make-up before going to bed as this clogs up your pores which could not only cause break outs but also stops the skin from being able to breathe
- Whilst you are sleeping your body still loses moisture so it’s important to keep your skin hydrated at night by moisturising before sleep
- Replace any loss of melatonin with supplements
- Try to avoid stress before bed as it’s not just how long you sleep but how well you sleep that increases the skins ability to repair itself
- Avoid late nights!