Let’s admit it – we all want to look good. Americans spent over $50 billion dollars on cosmetics last year alone! Between all the “miracle creams” and “1-step problem solvers” out there, it’s enough to make your head spin. What if there was an easier way to look your best? According to a new study, there is.
We know the benefits sleep has on our minds, bodies, and moods, but a new clinical trial suggests that sleep is good for our skin, too. Estee Lauder and University Hospitals Case Medical Center teamed up to find out how your sleep, or lack of sleep, affects the way you look. The result? More sleep equals younger, better looking skin.
As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the study consisted of sixty women between the ages of 30 and 49. The women were then split into two groups, good sleepers and poor sleepers. Those who qualified as poor sleepers slept less than 5 hours per night. “The study involved a visual skin evaluation and participation in several non-invasive skin challenge tests including UV light exposure and skin barrier disruption. Additionally, participants filled out a sleep log for one week to quantify sleep duration”.
As a result, poor sleepers were twice as likely to show signs of natural aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, reduced skin elasticity, and uneven skin tone. They also found that poor sleepers have more difficulty repairing skin damage from outside influences, such as sunburn. Poor sleepers also retained water for a longer period of time than those who slept well, causing an increase in inflammation.
So, if you want to look your best, put down the Botox and pull up those bed sheets… it’s time to get some beauty sleep!
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Contributor: Elizabeth Murphy