What happens to skin when we sleep?

What happens to skin when we sleep?

What happens to skin when we sleep?

We all know that a good night’s sleep is important for healthy skin. But what does this look like at a biological level? We discover just what goes on beneath the surface while you’re resting.

We all know the negative effects a poor night’s sleep can have on our mood - not to mention our skin. But did you know that sleep is also crucial to boosting the skin’s defences? Research demonstrates that chronic poor-quality sleep is associated with increased signs of intrinsic ageing.

Studies have also shown that night-time is the most important part of our skin’s day. This is because our skin circulation is boosted when we sleep, allowing our blood to transport even more nutrients and vitamins to our skin. Several key indicators of skin health are also boosted during the night, including cell division.

 “After a night of poor-quality sleep, our skin takes on a dull, grey look,” dermatologist Dr. Nina Roos says. “It can also appear oily. Over a long-term period, a series of sleepless nights can lead the skin to look and feel thinner, the skin to become less elastic, and fine lines to become more prominent.”

Other functions also continue to take place while we sleep, such as transepidermal water loss, meaning water is lost through the surface of the skin overnight. To prevent this, apply a night mask or sleeping pack before bed, and make sure to drink a big glass of water as soon as you wake up.

To further protect your skin from the daily effects of urban ageing, introduce products to your skincare regime that are jam-packed with antioxidants such as Vichy’s Slow Âge Night Cream & Mask. This effective formula will help your skin’s natural regeneration process, while helping repair damage caused by oxidative stress and preventing moisture loss. It’s the perfect way to keep your skin glowing.


[1] Oyetakin, P. et al, ‘Does poor sleep quality affect skin ageing?’ in Clinical and experimental dermatology 40.1 (2015) pp. 17-22 [Accessible at:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25266053]

[2] Eric J. Olson MD., ‘How many hours of sleep are enough for good health?’, Mayo Clinic, (2016) [Accessible at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/how-many-hours-of-sleep-are-enough/faq-20057898] Original source: https://aestheticsjournal.com/feature/how-sleep-affects-the-skin