Sleeping Beauty took a nap for 100 years and woke up looking like a dewy-faced pretty young thing.
Turns out, there may actually be some truth to that fairy tale. Physician-scientists at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, along with the beauty gurus at Estée Lauder, found that sleep really does affect your skin’s appearance and aging -- beyond simply dark circles and a dull complexion.
Using a high-tech skincare scoring system, the researchers discovered more fine lines, uneven pigmentation and reduced elasticity among sleep-deprived participants. Plus, the poor sleepers just thought they looked worse. Talk about a nightmare!
The study was comprised of 60 women (between the ages of 30 and 49), who logged their sleep times.
Researchers also discovered that the tired ladies’ recovery times were slower after being exposed to skin stressors, such as UV rays and dehydration, as compared to those who got a good amount of shut-eye.
So, if you suffer a nasty sunburn this summer and are plagued with insomnia, your skin will take longer to bounce back from the damage. (Bottom line: Use sunscreen and go to bed!)
“This research shows for the first time, that poor sleep quality can accelerate signs of skin aging and weaken the skin’s ability to repair itself at night,” said Dr. Daniel Yarosh, Senior Vice President, Basic Science Research, R&D, at The Estée Lauder Companies.
Can’t throw out your alarm clock and pull a Rip van Winkle? Try silk pillowcases to reduce wrinkles, stop staring at your smartphone in bed, which can affect your body’s melatonin response... or give Maleficent a call.