How Sleep Habits Can Affect the Quality of Your Skin

We’ve all heard the expression, “getting your beauty sleep.” Throughout the day, our skin goes through a lot of normal wear and tear. Sleep provides valuable time for the skin to heal and recharge, just like our bodies. But not all sleep is equally helpful when it comes to helping us achieve and maintain youthful skin. In fact, certain sleep habits can actually hurt our skin and increase the common signs of aging like wrinkles. That’s why we’re happy to provide some tips and recommend some skincare products that can help get the kind of sleep necessary to repair skin damage and leave you looking young and refreshed.

How Sleep Habits Can Affect the Quality of Your SkinTry to Sleep on Your Back

The position in which you sleep can have a negative impact on your skin. Skincare experts believe sleeping on your stomach is the most detrimental position. When you sleep on your stomach, you rest with your face directly on your pillow, creating friction that can lead to more pronounced wrinkles, forehead lines, and breakouts. Additionally, sleeping on your side can lead to skin damage as well for similar reasons. Deeper wrinkles may form on the side of the face that you sleep on, as well as vertical creases around the cheeks and chin.

Develop a Nighttime Skincare Routine

Developing a nighttime skincare routine and sticking to it may be the most critical factor in rejuvenating and refreshing your appearance while you sleep. Certain skincare products, like Auspect™ Hydrate Plus, are specially formulated to help replenish the skin after a long day. We recommend cleansing, moisturizing, and finding the right soothing mask to help aid your skin while you sleep.

Always Remove All Makeup Before Bed

You may have heard this one before, but it’s important enough to bear repeating. Whether it’s a brief catnap or a full night’s sleep, you should never sleep with your makeup on. The makeup, oil, and environmental pollutants that build up on the skin during a long day can seep into your pores, causing blemishes and speeding up the aging process for your facial skin. The brief time it takes to remove your makeup can have a major impact on the health and appearance of your skin.

Getting plenty of sleep can be a great aid to your skin. Hopefully this helps our patients understand what it takes to avoid the kind of sleep that will do more harm than good. If you need additional advice on nighttime skincare or recommendations about the best products for your skin type, come into any AYA™ location (Avalon, Phipps Plaza, Northside) for a complimentary skincare analysis. Contact AYA™ Medical Spa today to schedule your skincare analysis today and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more skincare tips and updates.