Getting Your “Beauty Sleep”: How Important Is It Really?


You’ve heard the phrase before–when you ask someone to grab dinner or stay up to watch “Saved by the Bell” reruns with you on a Tuesday night, and they respond, “I’d love to, but I really need to get my beauty sleep tonight.”

Poor excuse or legitimate reason to skip out on half off sushi night? The truth is that dermatologists tell us that sleep is one of the best things we can do to rejuvenate our complexions and allow our bodies to heal.

Some things you should know when deciding between a night out on the town and crawling into your cozy bed:

  • Lack of sleep shows more on our complexions as we age. While you may have been able to pull an all-nighter at 18 and still arrive at your 8:00 a.m. class looking chipper, after your 20s, you’re more likely to have a dull complexion, dark circles, and fine lines if you skimp on sleep. This change may be caused by progressive loss of cellular water, which translates to less radiant and drier skin.
  • Collagen production is reputed to increase during sleep. Collagen, which firms the epidermal layer, is said to peak during resting hours, helping to reduce evaporation and maximize water retention, leaving your skin smoother and more supple.
  • Sleepless nights are more likely to suppress the immune system. When you deny your body of rest, it is less likely to have the strength to fight off sickness and skin-related problems, such as rashes.
  • Products are better absorbed when your body’s at rest. Studies show that if you use a restorative night or eye cream when you’re asleep, it will be absorbed more readily than any other time of the day.

Of course, between busy schedules and the occasional totally-worth-it night out with friends, we can’t always get the six to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep recommended.

The next time you have the chance, however, remember to dab on your under eye moisturizer, close the blinds, and climb into bed knowing that your skin will thank you!


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