Have you been skimping on your beauty sleep lately? Turns out that puffy eyes and dark circles in the short-term may not be the only prices you’ll pay for a poor night’s rest; a recent study reveals that sleep-starved skin actually ages faster, too.
Scientists at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center studied 60 pre-menopausal women between the ages of 30 and 49 and positively linked poor sleep with more fine lines and uneven pigmentation.
Poor sleepers also recovered more slowly from sunburn, with a higher percentage retaining redness over 72 hours.
While we know that skin rejuvenation revs up at night, there’s another factor at play here that may be essential to keeping skin looking young and healthy.
“Poor sleep can prevent adequate secretion of melatonin levels, which we know is a natural antioxidant – that could be one of the reasons poor sleep led to accelerated aging and reduced skin health,” says Dr. Elma Baron, director of the Skin Study Center at UH Case Medical Center and associate professor of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Looks like Sleeping Beauty may have had the best anti-aging strategy of all.