How lack of sleep can affect your skin
A clinical trial commissioned by Estée Lauder and conducted by
physicianscientists at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical
Center has found that poor sleepers demonstrated increased signs of
skin ageing. Our sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan offers her
Dr Nerina said; "Poor sleep can affect not only your physical,
mental and emotional health but also your appearance. Chronic
insomnia can cause your skin to deteriorate with the production of
more wrinkles. This is because when we sleep we produce hormones
which nourish and rejuvenate the skin and enhance cell growth so
good sleep is nature's best anti-ageing agent.
"Insomnia and stress cause cortisol and adrenaline levels to
rise which suppresses the nocturnal production of these precious
skin enhancing hormones."
According to our research, millions of Brits are splurging their
hard-earned cash on expensive face creams and beauty products to
mask the effects of a poor night's sleep, despite less than a third
of people (30%) believing they do the job.
This expense can be avoided through a good night's sleep
combined with keeping hydrated, both of which are essential for
Dr Nerina and the findings from both studies simply reiterate
the value of a good bed; investing in the right mattress can save
you hundreds of pounds in beauty products when trying to cover up
your bad skin.
Dr Nerina commented: "It's alarming to think that we're spending
millions of pounds as a nation each month in our attempts to cover
up the results of poor sleep, when we could be spending far less
over time on getting a good night's sleep in the first place. There
are a plethora of factors that can get in the way of great sleep,
but not enough people realise the enormous handicap they're giving
themselves by laying down to rest each night on an old, broken or
poor quality mattress."