Why the lack of sleep can wreak havoc on your skin

It's more than likely that you've heard of the old adage “get your beauty sleep” and it turns out there's some truth behind the saying. A lack of sleep leaves you feeling irritable and tired and it can have a detrimental effect on your skin too.

It is recommended that everyone has between six and eight hours sleep a night and if you are not getting enough, you could be prone to skin conditions such as acne, dry skin, wrinkles and forehead lines.

A lack of sleep makes your body produce less of a hormone called cortisol and this can cause blood sugar levels to rise and lead to heart trouble, weight gain and problems with your skin. The cortisol can make acne worse and when it raises your blood sugar, the extra sugar can play havoc with the collagen in your skin, which speeds up the ageing process and causes wrinkles. Erratic surges in hormones such as cortisol can also make your skin dry, inflamed and irritated.

If you have been burning the candle at both ends, try to get more sleep - it's the cheapest and easiest way of improving the look of your skin.

You can also improve the appearance of those crow's feet and forehead lines with anti wrinkle treatments. Procedures such as facial rejuvenation can also reduce the look of spots and acne and there are two main types of treatment.

One will use chemical peels, lasers or microdermabrasion to remove tired and dead skin cells to unveil the healthier and younger-looking skin underneath, while the other makes your skin appear fuller, plumper and more youthful by injecting it with natural anti-ageing products.

These anti wrinkle treatments are a fantastic non-surgical option if your skin is showing signs of years without enough sleep and they can help to restore your youthful looks and confidence too.

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