Did you know all the benefits that sleep can offer? It doesn’t just stop you from yawning throughout the day, it can seriously keep your skin looking better, feeling younger and being healthier. It’s not called beauty sleep for nothing, you know. Here’s how you can sleep your way to better skin.

Botox On A Pillow

Did you know that when you sleep, your skin starts to repair itself? The repairing process includes the release of collagen, which keeps your skin looking and feeling plump, resulting in less wrinkles and sagging skin. So, put down the botox needle and put your head on a quality pillow.

Turn Around, Bright Eyes

Sleep is a great way to up your energy levels. With boosted energy levels, comes less puffy eyes. If you tend to get less than eight hours of sleep (which is the recommended amount), you’ll most likely have puffy eyes or see some dark circles. All those anti puffy, dark circle eye creams can promise the world, but the real antidote to a puffy and tired looking eye is catching the snooze train. The eyes have it.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Sleep is a known mood booster. If you’re feeling tired, exhausted or just snoozy, nine times out of ten, you’re not in the mood to do anything that requires a smile. With those extra hours of sleep a night, you’re most likely going to feel energised and in a better mood, which can make you feel happier. What has this got to do with your skin, you may be asking. With a happier persona, you will most likely be smiling more, which decreases levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and increases your levels of dopamine and endorphins (the happy hormones). When you’re tired, stressed or feeling a bit down, you’re more likely to frown and furrow your brow, which can induce wrinkles. So, more sleep equals less frowning, which equals less wrinkles. Win!

Glow, Child

When you sleep, your body boosts blood flow to your skin. If you’re lacking sleep, your skin may begin to look a little dull. With the added blood flow to your skin over night time, you wake up looking refreshed, sparkly and glowing. If you’ve been missing those rosy cheeks, and you’re running out of your favourite blush, just add an extra hour or two to your sleep schedule. You’ll end up with a healthy pink in your face.

Along with sleep, your bedroom can also affect the way your skin looks. Washing your bed sheets and bedspread every two weeks is a great way to keep your skin free from nasty bacteria that develops in your bed over time. The same goes with your pillowcases; if you’ve noticed you’re breaking out on one side of your face, take a look at your pillow. Sure, you may take off your makeup every night, but oil and dirt may still be stuck to those pores, which end up on your pillowcase. Not to mention the dirt and oil that is produced in your hair, which also ends up on your face. If that doesn’t gross you out, I don’t know what will.

With great sleep comes great skin. Be sure that you take off your makeup every night, drink lots of water and stay away from too many sugary foods, because sleep isn’t a magic pill that will give you clear skin, it’s merely an ingredient to the delicious blemish and wrinkle-free recipe.

Guest Blogger of the Day: 

Ally Feiam is the Marketing Assistant and Content Creator for MyDeal, an online marketplace with over 25,000 products.