We all love slathering on serums, creams, and potions that claim to work miracles overnight, but are we forgetting about our skin cells already at work?
In a deep slumber, your body naturally enhances its ability to fight environmental and natural damage, which translates into a better and brighter complexion. Sleep reduces cortisol (the stress hormone), which is responsible for thinning skin, stretch marks, and discoloration. Sleep increases melatonin (the sleep hormone), which acts like an antioxidant to fight age spots, fine lines, or in the worst case scenario, skin cancer. A good night's rest can also increase the efficiency of special growth hormones that repair and regenerate collagen-producing cells, which are responsible for skin's elasticity and tightness.
One thing to note is that you shouldn’t try to over nourish your skin in the night as very rich and creamy creams interfere with the processes of the skin trying to regenerate. According to Dr Haushka, while you sleep your skin is actually hard at work regenerating itself, balancing oil production and expelling impurities. Regular application of night creams interferes with these essential tasks, and over time skin becomes less able to care for itself. Covering the skin with moisturizer 24 hours a day sends a signal to sebaceous glands to cut down on moisture production, resulting in even drier skin that becomes dependent on moisturizing products just to appear “normal.” Hence, do remember to let your skin breathe!