The sleeping position affects the skin

A good night's sleep is important for a lot, especially your skin. The word beauty sleep is not without reason. How does (too little) sleep affect the skin?

How can you sleep well? And did you know that you get wrinkles from “sleeping wrong”?

Sleeping makes you more attractive

A study carried out in Sweden showed that people who sleep little are judged to be less attractive and unhealthy. This is of course no surprise and nothing new to most of them. Because after just a few short nights, the skin rebels. The eyelids and corners of the mouth sag a little, the eyes become red and swell, dark circles appear, the skin becomes pale and fine lines become visible. In the long term, a lack of sleep accelerates the aging process of the skin, because it needs sleep to regenerate from sun damage or skin irritation.


Effects of lack of sleep on the skin

In short, what is the visible result of a lack of sleep is something that everyone may have painfully noticed by looking in the mirror. But what exactly happens there? What is happening in the skin? It has a lot to do with the hormone cortisol, which is produced in the adrenal cortex and released during stress. A sustained increase in cortisol levels causes numerous processes to get out of hand. Even those in the skin.


Pimples, dehydration and wrinkles from lack of sleep

First of all, increased cortisol levels increase the likelihood of pimples developing, not only through the build-up of inflammatory substances in our body, but also by increasing the production of sebum. In addition, cortisol influences the formation of hyaluronic acid, which is required for the hydration of the skin. The skin then becomes even denser, as cortisol damages the skin's barrier function. The skin becomes dull, dry and irritation, inflammation or redness can develop. A sustained high level of cortisol ultimately also increases blood sugar levels. And that in turn ensures a “saccharification” of the collagen. The sugar binds to the collagen, making it stiffer. A lengthy story that almost made you fall asleep ...


Are you lying well?

Now that we know what sleep deprivation can do to the skin, the study (unfortunately only a Dutch summary) recently published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal is a bit of a damper. Because it has been shown that you can also get wrinkles by sleeping. And that is then due to the "wrong" sleeping position. For those who sleep on the stomach and on their sides, the sleeping position creates greater tension and compression of the facial skin, which in the long term causes more wrinkles to form. These so-called sleep lines appear to the senses next to the expression lines. The only way to prevent these wrinkles is to sleep on your back. Hopefully you will stay like this all night too.


Take care of your skin, especially during stressful times

Since many people turn around in their sleep and since stress and too little sleep are unfortunately sometimes inevitable in our everyday lives, it is particularly important to take good care of the skin and to help it fight against signs of aging and fatigue. With the daily use of sun cream with a sufficiently high sun protection factor such as the Suncare SPF 15 or SPF 30, you are already taking an important step. Make sure that your skin is properly cared for during stressful times. Uncover Skincare products contain high concentrations of effective ingredients that help soothe, nourish and regenerate the skin on tired, dehydrated or restless skin with pimples. And as a last resort, you can cover up the visible signs of lack of sleep with some beautiful, natural make-up, such as the new foundation, powder or bronzer from Uncover Skincare.

I always ask myself: what would I want to use for my skin myself? And what really works? My greatest drive is to help others have more beautiful skin. With good advice and effective products.