You've Been Told To Get Your Beauty Sleep, But Is It Real?
You’ve probably joked with friends or family about needing your beauty sleep. It’s a great excuse for turning in early, sleeping late, or bailing out of a boring party. But there may actually be some truth behind the idea of beauty sleep. From wrinkles to dullness, your sleep schedule can have a major impact on your outward appearance. Here’s what you need to know about beauty sleep — and how to get the biggest benefits from your z’s.
Benefits of Beauty Sleep
There’s more to beauty sleep than simply looking well rested. Board-certified dermatologist Hadley King, M.D., explains why sleep is important for your skin.
1. Bright eyes
If you aren’t getting an adequate amount of sleep, it can take a toll on your skin, King says. Research suggests insufficient sleep may be linked to dehydration, and poor water balance can lead to puffiness under the eyes, King adds.
2. Glowing skin
Research suggests certain sleep disorders may be linked to increased inflammation. When your body is unable to get its optimal time to heal and repair itself at night, inflammation can occur. This can lead to “an increase in the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, molecules that give skin its radiance and healthy texture,” King says.
3. Improved complexion
Poor sleep can lead to increased stress hormones, and that can worsen certain skin conditions, King says. While sleep may not be an immediate cure for skin flare-ups, good sleep habits may improve your complexion over time.
How Many Hours of Beauty Sleep Do You Need?
All sleep is beauty sleep, so that means the recommendations for “beauty sleep” are the same as the recommendations for sleep in general. According to the CDC, the ideal amount of sleep per night is 7 to 9 hours, depending on your age.
What Does Sleep Deprivation Do to Your Skin?
In a recent study, 10 people were photographed after a solid night’s sleep, then photographed again after 31 hours of sleep deprivation. Study participants rated the photographs and found that the subjects in the sleep-deprived photos were more likely to have:
- heavy eyelids
- red eyes
- swollen eyes
- dark circles under the eyes
- pale skin
- wrinkles or fine lines
- droopy corners of the mouth
- sadder expressions
Should You Use Beauty Products Before Bed?
Beauty sleep on its own is important, but there are also ways you can optimize your rest. King recommends sleeping on your back to reduce compression lines from sleeping on your side or stomach.
If you’re a committed side sleeper, however, there are products that can help repair and nourish skin throughout the night. King recommends overnight sleeping masks and moisturizers to help aid your beauty sleep.
Choose products based on skin type: “Those with dry skin may benefit from ingredients like ceramides and argan oil, which plump the skin with moisture and help repair the skin’s barrier function,” King says. “Those who tend to have oily or acne-prone skin may prefer lighter moisturizing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, which hydrates the skin without clogging pores. Those seeking anti-aging benefits may choose a night mask with retinol, which stimulates collagen production and improves the skin’s tone and texture.”
Here are a few products King recommends using while you get your much-needed beauty sleep: