What Happens to My Skin During Sleep?

Did you know that if we do not sleep enough (at least one hour before midnight) and for as long as possible (not less than seven hours) we will look in the long run 4-5 years older than women of the same age but sleeping right? Click To Tweet

So, let’s focus on two things: 

1. quality sleep and

2. knowing what happens to our skin from evening to morning.

During sleep, the body enters into repair mode (the state of self-repair) and so does the skin. During the day it struggles to defend itself from the sun, wind, cold, pollution, the night time is for eliminating the toxins and regeneration. And skin renewal is executed in the first three hours of sleep, between 23 am and 2 am, the so-called “golden hours”. But let’s start with…

Sleep Prelude (21:00 – 23:00)

It get dark outside, we moan, we get sleepy, all our engines that have sustained daily activity reduce their speed. Who is behind these changes? Melatonin, the smart hormone that shuts us off like a Swiss watch. If you do not know what’s going to happen while you’re sleeping and if you don’t even care, you will sleep with makeup on. But if you know how the skin relaxes and it gets more receptive to absorb topical treatments (liquid applications, creams, ointments), then, no matter how tired you are, you will never give up cleansing. We bet? 

Golden Hours (23:00 – 6:00)

After falling asleep, melatonin slows down to another wonder-hormone that” working only during sleep – the growth hormone. It gets the stem cells of the skin to produce new cells that will replace them and remove the aging ones. During this time, it’s the cell regeneration process.

  • between 23:00 and 24:00 is the peak of cell division (mitosis) and any newborn “life” needs nutrients and water;
  • until 4:00, cell production may double;
  • if we have a deep sleep between 2:00 AM and 4:00 AM, it may even triple.

So, if the skin cells have the right nutrients and the anti-aging ingredients are of good quality, the new cells will be vigorous and will be able to fulfill their role in the lifting and supporting the structure of the skin. 

This is the key to a fantastic skin when waking up!

Vivianne Sterling

Editorial Manager at Beautips. I love street style and I'm always in search of bits of inspiration around me. I also believe in home-made solutions for fitness, beauty tricks and healthy cooking.

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