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Tired African American woman sleeping in bed at home. Healthy skin and sleep concept

You can have cosmetic surgery, use powerful skincare products, and spend a lot of money on great makeup, but do you know one of the best ways to get beautiful skin? Sleep! Regular, healthy sleep patterns do wonders for your skin.

Get the Glow

Glowing skin equals healthy skin. How do you get that beautiful glow that even the best makeup has a hard time duplicating? Get your blood flowing! When you sleep, your blood circulation improves. Better blood circulation does good things for your skin, like removing waste and giving it nutrients and oxygen. If you don’t get enough sleep, poor blood circulation in your face could leave your skin looking dull and gray.

Beautiful Eyes

The skin around your eyes is particularly thin, therefore making it sensitive to change. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, that thin skin is the first part of your face to puff up or darken in color. This is why tired people get dark circles under their eyes. Their skin is tired, too! Getting the proper amount of sleep allows good blood circulation, decreases puffiness, and also puts an alert sparkle in your eyes that complement your healthy skin nicely!

Repair Work

While you sleep at night, your body goes into repair mode. Dry skin? Your body’s hydration system goes to work. Damaged skin cells? When you sleep deeply your body increases growth hormones, healing the damaged cells. This helps you look younger because it heals the skin that aged during the day. Inflammation problems like acne or eczema? It could be that lack of sleep is triggering the inflammation. Start getting regular sleep and your skin’s natural inflammation-fighters come back to life. In fact, inflammation problems can really affect your whole body’s health. The rashes and puffiness you see on your skin may be indicators of deeper issues. Getting good sleep not only increases repair work on your skin, it helps your whole body fight off inflammation.

Pump Up Your Immune System

Immune-related skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema are visible signs that your immune system isn’t working the way it’s supposed to. Often related to inflammation somewhere in the body, these skin diseases will worsen as the inflammation worsens. And the inflammation throws off your body’s immune system. One of the best ways to fight back? Get good sleep. Sleep helps your body fight inflammation, boost the immune system, and lessen the nasty effects on your skin.

Detox the Proper Way

Your liver works overtime when you sleep. It kicks into gear, working to get rid of toxins in your body. This is how it is supposed to work. However, if you frequently are sleep-deprived, your liver doesn’t work so hard. But you still have toxins to get rid of. The body looks for other ways to detox itself. One of those ways is through the skin. As toxins get pushed out, they damage skin cells. Possible side-effects: premature aging, adult acne, and inflammation.

Lose Weight

People who get adequate sleep have a better chance at controlling their weight. Sleeping controls hunger feelings, and you don’t snack as much. What does that have to do with your skin? Maintaining a healthy weight is part of your body’s overall health; it impacts a lot of things, including your skin health. Eating healthy gives you that healthy skin glow.

Get the Connection

When it comes to being healthy, so many parts of your system are interconnected. Your skin is not just a stretchy body wrap covering up the important stuff inside you. It is a vital part of your body system. Getting enough sleep helps your body take care of all of you, including the skin.

How Much Sleep Do You Need?

Most adults need 7 to 8 hours a night. If you are a napper, be aware that sleep comes in different stages, and your body needs all the stages to work its magic healing powers on your skin. Make sure you’re getting some deep sleep. Your skin will thank you for making beauty sleep a priority!