Let’s face it, we are all lacking sleep for one reason or another. Most of us know that getting enough sleep is important to our overall health. However, sleep is one of those things we tend to sacrifice when life gets busy. Research is suggesting that lack of sleep could be one of the most destructive things we could do to our body and overall health.
What most people do not think about is that sleep is not only necessary for our overall health, but it is crucial to maintaining healthy skin and our overall appearance. Lack of sleep can lead to increased stress hormones in the body that increase the severity of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and increased allergic contact dermatitis. Increased inflammatory cells in the body lead to an increase in the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, the molecules that give the skin its glow, bounce, and translucency, resulting in dull skin, puffy eyes and more visible signs of aging.
Have you ever noticed puffy bags and under eye circles in the morning? Puffy eyes are a result of poor water balance in the body. When you sleep, your body has the chance to rebalance itself, allowing the skin to recover moisture while the body processes excess water for removal.
Since the skin under your eyes is much thinner and the blood vessels are closer to the surface, dark circles may start to appear as a result of less sleep since the blood vessels dilate and create the dark appearance under the eyes.
Getting sleep is one thing. Getting enough sleep is another. Deep sleep, known as slow wave sleep (SWS), is a phase of sleep when growth hormones rise, and the repair of damaged cells occurs. Without the deeper phases of sleep, this won’t occur - resulting in more noticeable signs of aging.
How to Improve Dull, Worn Out Looking Skin
By now, you may be asking what you can do to prevent the aesthetic side-effects of sleep deprivation. There are many treatments available that can help rejuvenate your skin and bring your glow back!
Medical-Grade Skin Care - ZO Skin Health
A daily skin care regimen is vital to the overall wellbeing of your skin and complexion. ZO® Skin Health’s Gentle Cleanser is a great AM/PM face wash that cleanses impurities for refreshed-feeling skin. This cleanser is gentle enough to use after a chemical peel or a hydrafacial!
Reveal softer, smoother, glowing skin instantly with ZO® Skin Health Exfoliating Polish. This luxurious gentle exfoliator uses ultra-fine magnesium oxide crystals to remove dead skin cells paired with vitamin C ester to brighten skin. The Exfoliating Polish is a refreshing way to reinvigorate tired, dull skin resulting in a radiant glow.
Microneedling can be used under your eyes to promote collagen production, reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffy eyes. This procedure is FDA-approved, minimally invasive and requires little to no recovery time.
Chemical peels are a quick and effective way to improve the elasticity of your skin, making it more radiant and youthful. If your skin is dull as a result of sleep deprivation, a chemical peel will help rejuvenate your tired skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and can also lighten dark circles under the eyes.
Injectable dermal fillers such as Restylane® can be injected under the eyes to create a smoother appearance and lift the skin. This helps reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffy eyes, resulting in a rested and youthful look!
The combination of microneedling, chemical peels and injectable filler treatments can result in glowing, youthful skin - even if you’re still feeling sleep deprived.
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