How does sleep affect skin aging?

Anne M. Chapas, MD

Watch as board certified dermatologist Dr. Anne Chapas discusses the impact sleep has on the aging of your skin.

Here are a few good facts that people should bear in mind:

• As we age, lack of sleep affects us more deeply and shows up more prominently on our faces (which explains why dark circles, fine lines, and pallid complexions aren’t a problem in our twenties despite the late nights, but can be later on).

• Sleep induces the production of collagen, a key ingredient in firm, youthful skin.

• The skin’s capacity to hold water is enhanced by sleep, thereby keeping skin moisturized and supple.

• Sleep deprivation can sting the immune system, leaving one vulnerable to rashes and skin-related problems.

• Growth hormone peaks during deep sleep, and this hormone plays a central role in initiating cellular repair.

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