Beauty sleep doesn’t just belong to the fairytale world. Research has shown that people who don’t sleep enough are perceived as less healthy and less attractive. Lack of sleep has also been linked to the exacerbation of certain dermatological conditions. According to professor Bruce Katz, MD, a good night’s rest promotes the repairing of the skin from damage (such as environment-related factors like UV rays and pollution). Nicholas Perricone, MD, (founder of the Perricone MD skincare brand and Yale dermatologist), says that lack of sleep stimulates the production of excess cortisol, which breaks down cells, while sleeping enough stimulates the production of human growth hormone, which helps the skin maintain elasticity. Therefore, in order to look and feel great, we undoubtedly have to make healthy sleep a priority. Here are three tips on how to get the most beauty benefits from a night of rest.
While there is no scientific evidence that it effectively helps to prevent wrinkles, sleeping on a silk pillowcase can effectively prevent the stubborn facial creases cause by sleeping on the side or on your stomach. Additionally, silk is less-absorbing than cotton, so it is not going to absorb whatever skincare product you have applied to your face as much as other fabric would.