5 Effects of Sleep Deprivation That Are Aging Your Skin

Posted on March 14, 2019 by YEOUTH Team | 0 comments

Getting your beauty sleep is a must for an ageless complexion

Sleep is essential and the quality and length that you get every night have a big impact on your health. During sleep, we recharge and heal and if sleep is compromised, so is our body’s ability to carry out these essential functions.  

Are you getting enough sleep?

Adults require a minimum of 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep. However, data from the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that 35% of American adults are not getting the minimum amount of sleep every night, which is alarming enough to become a public health problem.

Lack of sleep is detrimental for both our physical health and mental health. Not only is it linked to serious health problems including obesity, diabetes, depression, and heart disease — lack of sleep also wreaks havoc on our skin.

Keep reading to learn how insufficient sleep causes trouble for your skin. Learn some nighttime tips and tricks that will help you achieve clear and beautiful skin. 

1. Your skin becomes imbalanced.

Not getting enough sleep can really do a number on your skin and one of its negative effects is disrupting the balance of your skin’s moisture and its natural pH level. This leads to dryness, unnecessary redness, and leaves you exposed and more prone to breakouts. Signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles also become more noticeable.

Before bed, make sure to use hydrating skin care products that will help keep your skin at a slightly acidic level like our Day/Night Cream. This will help keep the moisture in your skin cells while keeping bacteria out so you can achieve healthy skin as you rest overnight.

2. You develop dark circles.

Pesky dark circles under the eyes are one of the most telling signs of sleep deprivation and can make you look older than you really are. When you are sleep deprived, your skin becomes dull and pale and since the skin around your eyes is thinner than other parts of your face, the dark tissues and blood vessels around it become more apparent. This leads to dark circles.

Remember that proper skincare is not enough to keep your skin looking radiant and youthful. If you’re suffering from dark circles due to fatigue, getting enough sleep is still the key to reducing those blue and purple shadows under your eyes.

3. Frequent under-eye bags.

Unfortunately, lack of sleep also leads to unsightly bags under the eyes. This happens especially if you sleep or lie down on your stomach. Excessive amounts of fluid in your body pools under the eyes as you sleep and causes the puffiness and swelling that you experience in the morning. To combat this, avoid sleeping on your stomach and prop up your head with your pillows a little higher. Doing this will help keep the fluids in your body from pooling under your eyes.

An eye cream or an eye gel can also help in diminishing the puffiness. Check out our Radiance Eye Gel. Using natural elements which interact with keratin, such as the Radiance Eye Gel, forms a tightening film on the skin’s surface helping reduce puffy skin around the eye. As the gel dries, the bond creates tension to create a lifting effect which visibly lifts the fold of the upper eyelid, giving the skin around your eyes a much firmer and vibrant appearance.

4. Your skin ages faster.

Not getting enough sleep accelerates your skin’s aging process. Just like any other cell in your body, your skin cells need a full night’s sleep to repair and rejuvenate themselves.

During deep sleep, growth hormones increase and initiate the repair of your damaged cells. And when your sleep cycle is cut short, your skin cells suffer. When the accumulation of the daily skin cell breakdowns don’t get repaired overnight, signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines start to form and become more prominent over time.

In fact, a research study has found that women ranging from 30 to 49 who get 8 hours or more sleep every night have less wrinkles, dark circles and age spots compared to those women who slept less than 6 hours a night.

5. Lack of sleep worsens skin conditions

If you have sensitive skin and you're prone to breakouts, insufficient sleep will only make things worse.

Not having enough sleep increases your stress hormones — a common trigger for acne. When acne breakouts occur, your skin will become inflamed and become more sensitive. There is also an increased chance for other skin problems to occur, like allergic contact dermatitis and irritant dermatitis.


Sleep and the Skin

So what really happens to your skin as you sleep? Read on for more insight on the importance of having a good night’s rest.

Your skin cells are repaired

During the first three hours of sleep, the pituitary glands of our brain start producing the human growth hormone. This hormone is necessary for maintaining youthful and radiant skin.  If not released by the body, the damaged skin cells do not get the chance to be repaired and thus hastens the aging process.

Your skin is protected from free radicals

After four to five hours of sleep, the release of the hormone melatonin increases.  Melatonin is responsible for regulating your body’s internal clock. It’s also important for skin health because of its antioxidant properties. It helps protect the skin from the damaging free radicals that we may have encountered during the day.

Your skin rests and recovers

At the final three hours of sleep, you are in active REM sleep. At this phase, your cortisol levels (aka the stress hormone) decrease.  This is also when your skin’s temperature starts to drop to its lowest, allowing your muscles to relax and give the skin its deepest recovery for the night.


Tips for better sleep and better skin

If you’re having a hard time getting enough sleep, here are some tips to get a good night's sleep for better skin. 

  • Establish a bedtime routine
  • Going to bed at the same time every night will make it easier for you to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Stick to your schedule and make sure that you sleep in your allocated time.

  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Drinking as little as two servings of alcohol within 90 minutes of your bedtime prevents your system from achieving the REM phase of your sleeping cycle and leaves you feeling more tired the day after.

  • Get high thread count sheets and pillowcases
  • Low thread count fabric are rough to the touch and using them could be wrecking your complexion. The friction from your skin can cause breakouts and may contribute to fine lines and wrinkles over time. Invest in high thread count beddings.

  • Keep up your sleep hygiene
  • Wash your sheets and beddings at least once every two weeks. Use warm water and high heat to kill off dust mites and bacteria. Also refrain from using laundry detergents that have strong fragrances as these can irritate skin.

  • Don't eat before you sleep
  • Eat your last meal 2 to 3 hours before bedtime. Going to bed with a full stomach cause sleep disturbances that contribute to insomnia.


  • Keep electronics out of the bedroom
  • Even though the brightness of your device is at its lowest, the blue spectrum light it emits impacts your melatonin levels and keeps you awake longer. This harms your internal clock and leaves you feeling tired in the morning. Avoid gadgets 90 minutes before bedtime to ensure a good night's sleep and great skin.


    Nighttime Skincare Routine

    Diligently performing your nighttime skincare routine on a consistent basis is one of the best things you can do for a healthy and flawless complexion. Applying the right skincare products before bed makes the most out of your "beauty sleep".

    Follow these simple steps every night before bed and wake up to beautiful skin in the morning:

    Step 1: Cleanse

    Cleansing your face at the end of the day is a hard-and-fast rule when it comes to caring for your skin. Dirt, sweat, and oils accumulate on your skin’s surface throughout the day and failing to remove them before you sleep can cause skin irritation, inflammation, and acne breakouts.

    But note that makeup remover, micellar water, or even astringents will not do the job! Use a facial cleanser that completely eliminates dirt and oil while still keeping skin moisturized like our Vitamin C Facial Cleanser.

    Squeeze a dime-sized amount of YEOUTH Vitamin C Facial Cleanser onto moistened fingertips and lather with water. Massage onto skin in circular motions and then thoroughly rinse off.

    Step 2: Tone

    Always tone after cleansing your face! Aside from restoring the skin's pH to its normal level, using a facial toner will moisten, soothe, and prepare the skin to absorb all of your other skincare products, giving you more bang for your buck.

    Try our Balancing Facial Toner. A calming mist that revitalizes the skin after cleansing. Packed with skin healing active ingredients, this toner will fit perfectly with your daily regimen.

    Keeping eyes closed, spray a fine mist of YEOUTH Balancing Facial Toner over face and neck.

    Step 3: Nourish

    At night, the skin’s barrier is more penetrable thus the skincare products you use get absorbed more effectively. This makes it the perfect time to use products that contain ingredients like vitamin C, vitamin E, retinol, or alpha hydroxy acids. They are much more suitable to be used at night since they do not have to compete with the effects of sunlight.

    We recommend the Retinol 2.5% Serum and the Hyaluronic Acid Plus Serum. These are perfect for your nighttime skincare routine. Retinol serum boosts collagen production, evens out your skin tone, minimizes pores, improves skin elasticity and helps to mitigate acne as you sleep overnight. HA Plus tightens and firms the skin, hydrates skin to even crevices and fill wrinkles, evens skin tone and reduces age spots. Use according to your skin’s needs or use them together as a dynamic duo that treats skin overnight.

    While skin is still damp, apply a pea-sized amount of the Retinol serum to your entire face and neck area. Immediately follow with the Hyaluronic Acid Plus. You do not need to allow the Retinol serum to fully absorb before applying the Hyaluronic Acid Plus. Allow the skin to absorb.

    Step 4: Eye Care

    Don’t forget about your eyes! The skin around them is ten times thinner compared to other parts of the face making it much more delicate. It also doesn’t contain the same amount of oil and moisture. These factors make the skin around our eyes more vulnerable to the environment and more prone to wrinkles and dry skin.

    Pair our Retinol serum with our Retinol Eye cream to get the best results for your nighttime routine. This lightweight, yet powerful eye cream works to fight fine wrinkles, crow’s feet, discoloration, and loss of elasticity and firmness on the eye area.

    Gently dab a small amount of YEOUTH Retinol Eye Cream around the eye area. It is safe to use above and below the eyes.

    Step 5: Moisturize

    You may not notice it but a lot of changes happen to your skin overnight. The skin reaches its highest temperature and becomes slightly more acidic at night. Clinical studies also show a significant decrease in sebum production at night.

    All of these changes cause the skin to lose its moisture and become excessively dry at night. Before bedtime, use serums, masks or creams that are packed with hydrating ingredients like aloe vera, ceramides or hyaluronic acid to sustain your skin’s high need for moisture at night.

    Try our Day/Night Cream for a super hydrating morning and night moisturizer. Apply a dime-sized amount onto skin, massage in thoroughly and allow to absorb.


    Get your beauty sleep and don't skip that nighttime skincare routine so you can keep putting your best face forward!


    Do you have any nighttime rituals that help you sleep better? Do you have a different skincare routine during the day and night? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!




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