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  • Writer's pictureMaria Olawale

Why your skin needs 8 hours of beauty sleep too...

Your skin is an organ, the largest one you have. The role of skin is to form a protective barrier for your internal organs and tissues, but that leaves it vulnerable to plenty of external factors such as: radiation from the sun, pollutants & toxins. The toxins and radiation can penetrate deep down into the dermis layer of the skin. This causes damage to skin cells, reducing their ability to rejuvenate themselves, and their ability to produce essential proteins such as collagen and elastin - essential to keeping skin plump, bright and youthful.

In addition to targeted and effective skincare, essential & effective sun protection, and the odd advanced facial aesthetic procedure (if desired); there is plenty more that skin needs to remain healthy and youthful. One of those factors is sleep! Sleeping is the body's way of creating the down time needed for damaged cells to repair themselves. Your body is amazing at repairing damage, but you need to give it enough sleep to do so. Stress also plays a major factor, elevated levels of cortisol (the dreaded stress hormone) can cause skin cells to switch to survival mode, and stop producing the proteins needed. In world full of plenty of stresses, the phrase "beauty sleep" has never been more accurate. Effective sleep will also help you cope with stress better and that will help your skin thrive even more.

Some other lifestyle factors that negatively affect skin health include: excessive sugar consumption, lack of antioxidants in your diet, hormone imbalances, and sun exposure.

I hope you found this useful, and as always, I am always happy to answer any questions you may have. Education is just as important as treatment!

Dr. Maria

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