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Does Sleep Help Your Skin?

As we age, it is evident that the effects of sleep deprivation become more noticeable. Not only fatigue and lack of focus are results of sleep loss. It has been proven that sleep helps restore the skin cells in your face and helps to cure blemishes.

The process of sleep helps to increase the collagen 1 production in the skin, which helps retain water, the key to good skin. 1 The nighttime also offers protection from skin stressors that we may encounter throughout the day such as sunlight, makeup and polluted air that can have many damaging effects on the skin.

As individuals grow older, the skin releases less moisture and the body typically gets less sleep. Because of these circumstances, it may be helpful to employ skin helpers such as moisturizers, humidifiers and retinoids or vitamin K (found in creams that assist in removing dark spots from the skin). 2

In order to let the skin reach its healing potential, it is best to remove all makeup that could clog pores and otherwise disturb electrodermal activity (electrical activity of the skin and eccrine sweat glands 3). This activity helps keep the skin moist and enhance the healing process. A nightly cleaning and moisturizing regimen will make it easier for the skin to do what it needs to do naturally. Make sure to moisturize the skin, especially during the fall and winter as skin tends to dry out during colder months.

It will be helpful to change sleeping positions from the side or stomach to the back in order to avoid putting too much pressure on the face and creating lines and wrinkles. Additionally, using a humidifier can aid in the skin restoration process by helping keep the skin moist.

It is suggested that the best thing to improve skin health is get at least six hours of sleep each night to ensure that you can complete at least five sleep cycles. Because cell-tissue repair is initiated in the Delta stage of sleep (deep sleep), allowing yourself ample time to rest will simultaneously be allowing your body to heal itself. 1 Also, staying hydrated on the inside as well as on the skin is equally important, and therefore, salty foods should be avoided before bed to prevent dehydration or bloating.

So don’t lose sleep over that blemish. Get some beauty sleep and let your body do its job.


1. Los Angeles Times—For Healthy Skin, Get Some Sleep;

2. WebMD—Getting Better Skin While you Sleep;

3. Carskadon, Mary A. Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreaming. New York: Macmillan Pub., 1993.

20 Comments Post a comment
  1. if you knew how badly i could use this… 🙂 well, i’ll just say.. i really could 🙂

    August 27, 2012
  2. Would love to win this 🙂

    August 27, 2012
  3. i really need the sleep! haha

    August 27, 2012
  4. Great Info! Thx for the reminders 🙂

    August 27, 2012
  5. I so agree with this and I try to…the water is the easiest for me to do…

    August 27, 2012
  6. Wonder how well it would work my my wife who is pregnant and trying to get a good sleep.

    August 27, 2012
  7. All good tips…….I was particularly interested to read the recommendation of “at least six hours of sleep each night” and confirmed that recommendation on other sites. One usually hears that 7.5 to 8 hours are required, so I found that very useful info.

    August 27, 2012
  8. I would love this!

    August 27, 2012
  9. Would be just super if I could only get to sleep at night …. 😦

    August 27, 2012
  10. The article didn’t mention one of the best ways to get that good night’s rest is on a Bed In A Box mattress with Chiromax Pillow

    August 27, 2012
  11. Thanks for the helpful info!

    August 27, 2012
  12. Great article and information! Thank you!

    August 27, 2012
  13. It’s good to know that it’s ok to turn in my sleep! I do it often. Now I know that when I do, I won’t be putting as much pressure on my face!

    August 27, 2012
  14. I hadn’t thought about getting a humidifier to keep my skin moist. My home has baseboard heat that’s very dry, great tip!

    August 27, 2012
  15. I must be looking really old because sleep eludes me with so much to do with back to school.

    August 27, 2012
  16. I can never sleep well

    August 27, 2012
  17. love the tips, we need this as we don’t as much sleep as we need

    August 28, 2012
  18. Great tips!

    August 29, 2012
  19. i always have problems sleeping just tossing and turning all night

    August 31, 2012
  20. We added this to our article 10 Quick Easy Steps For Healthy Skin

    August 12, 2014

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