Why sleep is good for your skin
Good quality sleep is key when it comes to maintaining beautiful, healthy skin.
We’ve all heard the term ‘beauty sleep’ but the importance of getting enough good-quality sleep every night should really not be understated. When we sleep, our bodies and skin heal from the damages of the day, recovering and producing growth hormones that regenerate our cells. For these reasons, our skin cells rely on a good night’s sleep to maintain their condition and keep the signs of ageing at bay. Read on to find out how exactly sleep affects your skin, and just how much you should be getting…
How much sleep should you get?
The amount of sleep that your body needs depends on a few factors, including how old you are. Typically, it is advisable that you get seven or more hours of sleep every night. Every person is different though, and some people need as few as six hours of sleep every night, while others may need up to 10 hours. Adults over the age of 65 years old usually need between seven and eight hours of sleep every night, while pregnant women may need more sleep than usual, especially during their first trimester.
What are the benefits of sleep?
There are so many benefits to getting a good night’s sleep when it comes to your overall health. Enough good quality sleep can help to improve one’s ability to concentrate and focus throughout the day, and can also contribute to one’s overall mood. Sleep supports immune health, as well as metabolism and cardiac health, and can also be helpful in maintaining a stable and healthy body weight in the long-term.
How does sleep benefit your skin?
Sleep is extremely important when it comes to repairing and renewing skin cells overnight. Every day, we are faced with numerous environmental factors, including exposure to sun, pollution and free radicals. In fact, everything that we encounter throughout the day, from our diets and medications, have an impact on our skin.
When we sleep at night, our bodies have the opportunity to recover from all of these elements. Certain hormones are released during sleep — these include growth hormones and melatonin — all of which contribute to the regeneration of cells. When these hormones are released, proteins in the skin are rebuilt and the healing process can take place. According to some research, most of the skin’s repair occurs between the hours of 11pm and 4am while we sleep.
Sleeping gives our bodies the opportunity to rest, repair and heal and our skin cells are no different. Our skin relies on sleep to repair itself and good quality sleep can go a long way in combatting the harm that is often caused by day-to-day environmental factors.
How can we help?
At Ada Aesthetic Medicine, we love to help our patients maintain healthy and beautiful skin. We understand that the condition of your skin is often linked to your overall wellness, which is why we are available to provide you with all the advice and information you need to stay healthy and take care of your skin on a daily basis. If you have a particular skin concern that you would like addressed, we encourage you to come in and see us. We have been rejuvenating and treating skin conditions for over 20 years, and will let you know what course of action is most appropriate for you.
When it comes to skin treatments, we offer a comprehensive range of services. From fractional skin resurfacing and platelet rich plasma, to acne scar treatments and pigmentation removal, we have you covered.
To find out more about our full list of skin treatments, please have a look here.
To arrange a consultation, please get in touch with us here or give us a call on 02 9552 1442. We look forward to welcoming you to our state-of-the-art clinic in Glebe, Sydney.