Get a Good Night's Sleep for Healthier Skin

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November 9, 2009

Sleep affects how we look, feel and perform on a daily basis and can have a major impact on our overall quality of life. When your body doesn't get the rest it needs, it will let you know — whether it's through fatigue or sickness as a result of a weakened immune system. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times looks at the negative effect a lack of sleep can have on your skin. According to the article, not getting enough sleep starts to show more as you age, leading to unfortunate side effects such as a lackluster complexion, dark circles, fine lines, and sometimes even rashes and eczema. Dr. Harold Lancer, a dermatologist from Beverly Hills, told the Los Angeles Times , "During hours of sleep, cortisol and insulin production inversely peak so that collagen 1 production is accelerated." According to Lancer, collagen 1 helps firm the skin and maximize water retention, keeping the skin naturally moisturized. Not getting enough sleep can interfere with this process.