With our super hectic lifestyles, the concept of beauty sleep seems like something only a Disney princess could pull off. But we always regret only getting four or five hours of sleep when we wake up with sallow skin or a face full of zits. Makeup or acne treatments can easily "cover up" these beauty problems, however, we think it's time we all reconsider how sleep can transform our skin's health for the better.
In the video above, dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler stresses the importance of getting a good night's sleep. "Sleep deprivation and stress go hand-in-hand, and we heal in our sleep," explains Dr. Wechsler. When we skip out on the recommended seven to eight hours of rest, this can manifest in embarrassing skin problems.
Between the hours of 11pm and 4am, our skin is repairing and restoring damaged cells, according to Dr. Wechsler. So it is essential to maintain an evening face washing-and-moisturizing routine and sleep for long hours.
"This simple act of caring for one's skin is actually really helpful in combating the stress that we're bombarded with all day long," says Dr. Wechsler. "Not only will your skin look better, but you will feel better."
Watch the video above for all of Dr. Wechsler's sleep and skincare advice.
Too stressed to sleep? Here are some tips:
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