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Are you getting your beauty sleep?

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We all know that taking good care of your skin can help you look youthful, and prevent problematic skin conditions like irritation, itching, eczema and of course fine lines and wrinkles.  But did you know that the quality and quantity of sleep also affects the largest organ of your body?

Getting enough sleep is essential not only for overall health, but for overall skin health as well. When your body is deprived of sleep, it produces more stress hormone called cortisol, which tells our body that it’s still in awake mode. Prolonged elevated levels of cortisol, may stress the body and ultimately affect the quality of your skin by increasing the severity of some inflammatory conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.

In addition to this, the inflammatory response in the body may diminish the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid, the two components that give our skin the glow, plumpness and clarity.

While sleeping, the body produces growth hormone which is needed for cellular repair and rejuvenation. Without deep phases of sleep, this won't happen.  Over time, lack of sleep will appear on the face; puffy bags under the eyes and under-eye circles, as well as dryness and more visible wrinkles.

So, when someone uses that old cliché, “I need my beauty sleep”, it’s not a cliché! Sleep is a necessity for skin that radiates! Get your beauty sleep and have the best glowing skin ever!