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Lack of sleep & your skin

With impaired sleep, hormone production shifts and metabolism altered.

Hormones including cortisol, melatonin, insulin, estrogen, progesterone, D.H.E.A. and testosterone each have a significant role in skin aging.

All of these hormones are negatively affected by sleep deprivations as adequate levels of each are required for the maintenance of a more youthful and healthy skin and in most cases complete body health.

Your adrenal glands, that are in fight and flight mode during the day, creating inflammation within the body, repair and restore themselves between 10pm and 2a.m.

Sleep is your best anti-inflammatory for healing and restoring body function. When you wake well rested it improves our outlook on life, improving mental health.

If something like stress, hot flashes, hormone fluctuation or mental health prevents you from getting proper sleep, you end up with extra Cortisol, which causes a biochemical reaction that depletes Vitamin C and B and can trigger excess oil production on your skin which can then result in inflammatory acne lesions.

Cortisol also suppresses DHEA, the mother of Hormones and in turn suppresses progesterone. Adequate DHEA levels assist in the production of collagen while also decreasing Collagenase enzymes that that destroy collagen.

With poor sleep insulin levels and glucose intolerance increase.

When the body lacks rest and inadequate sleep, cortisol increases, which in turn releases more insulin and glucose intolerance.

Cellular repair and renewal begin with sleep onset and are most active during deep sleep.

These processes boost skin integrity and begin the recovery of environmental factors such as UV light. UV light increases inflammation as does poor quality sleep.

Credit Eve Taylor

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