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Is Sleep the Secret to Great Skin?

by Burt’s Bees | 4 min read

Sleep—what is it good for? Basically everything! Especially when it comes to your skin.

The benefits of great sleep are endless: helping with acne, aging, wrinkles, firmness, hydration and overall glow.

Take this as yet another reminder to put your phone down before bed (revenge bedtime procrastination, anyone?) and learn how to use your sleep to your advantage.

"The benefits of great sleep are endless: helping with acne, aging, wrinkles, firmness, hydration and overall glow."

What is Beauty Sleep?

Does missing sleep cause acne? It just might. How about wrinkles? Some people think so.

This gives “beauty sleep” a whole new meaning. Lack of sleep has major effects on the skin, so it’s more important than ever to give yourself enough time for truly restful sleep.

Sleep and Acne

We know that the connection between diet and acne is real. But now we know sleep can play a part, too.

In a recent study, researchers found clues that there may be a link between quality of sleep and acne. Missing out on great sleep increases cortisol, the stress hormone, in your body, which is also thought to be an acne trigger. Rising stress hormones trigger your oil glands to pump out more oil, which can cause breakouts.

Sleep and Wrinkles

When you’re sleeping, your skin is working to make new collagen to keep skin plump. If you’re not getting enough sleep, your skin has less time to repair itself. Try setting your bedtime back just a little bit and see if you notice a difference!

Sleep and Redness

That well-rested glow? It’s a real thing. If you don’t get enough sleep, your skin can become imbalanced, which can lead to redness and dry patches.

When you sleep, your skin gets busy regenerating cells damaged from things like sun exposure and acne. 

How to Sleep Better

Now that we know what lack of sleep can do to our skin, how do we find ways to get more of it? Sleep expert Dr. Michael J. Breus has a few tips:

Stick to a Sleep Schedule

Your body likes a consistent sleep schedule. This means going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. This helps your biological clock get in sync, which can benefit your whole body.  

No Caffeine After 2PM

A study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that people that had caffeine six hours before bedtime reduced total sleep time by 41 minutes. Sip that afternoon pick-me-up a little earlier in the day and see if your sleep improves.

Get Moving

Being active and moving your body is good for your sleep too! Try for an afternoon walk and reap the benefits of nature for a mental health and physical wellness combo and sleep easy come bedtime. 

Put the Phone Down

These little computers we carry around in our pockets are pretty rude when it comes sleep for a lot of reasons. Checking your phone stimulates your brain and makes it ramp up activity—especially if you see something that fires you up.

The blue light from the glowing screen has also been linked to suppressed levels of melatonina hormone responsible for controlling your sleep-wake cycle.

Put your phone on Do Not Disturb mode. Even better, store it in another room 30 minutes before bed, then see if you can find screen-free ways to wind down. Read a book, try some light stretching, journaling, or enjoying a bath. 

Your response to skin care products may vary. Ask a healthcare professional about the most suitable skin care regimen for you.

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