Above mentioned extrinsic factors affecting general stress levels have been increasing thus encouraging both the medical and cosmetics communities to look for more innovative ways to counterbalance that trend. From practicing mindfulness-based activities (like yoga or meditation), through screen time moderation, and even diet, the cosmetic industry is trying to approach the growing concern more holistically to boost the effectiveness of skin care products. The emergence of inner beauty products and supplements have been one of the tactics for combating stress-related skin conditions. One area, however, has been remaining unexplored, i.e. the topical use of neuroactive skin care products.

The science of sleep recognize various distinctive states, REM and non-REM states, being one of the distinction planes.. During these periods physiological process take place that allow human body to regain its balance, regenerate the cells and in extreme cases recover from inflammation or more serious condition.

The skin is not an exception to that, as largely during the non-REM state, in the early stages of deep sleep the repairing process (cell mitosis) takes place, according to Dr Durmer. Acute psychosocial and sleep deprivation stress disrupts skin barrier function homeostasis in women, and this disruption may be related to stress-induced changes in cytokine secretion.

WHAT’S CYTOKINES ?

Among many process, it’s the production of cytokines, small molecules responsible for signalling the immune system cells to start anti-inflammatory processes necessary to repair what has been damaged during the waking hours.

They are also responsible for rebuilding the skin barrier, which can prevent or minimize the damages incurred during the day. (source: CYTOKINES IN DERMATOLOGY — A BASIC OVERVIEW Arijit Coondoo)

HOW IT WORKS ?

That is of course if we follow our natural, biorhythmic sleeping pattern that allows for these processes to commence and run a full cycle. On the opposite spectrum are the negative effects of sleep deprivation, which has been proven to accelerate premature aging. It also causes depression, weight gains and heart diseases, which only proliferates the vicious circle leading to worsened sleeping performance.

Ok, so where is skin in that equation? There are a number of process that get affected by sleep deprivation, that influence the health and condition of the skin the main ones being:

As tested by Min Ah Kim, Eun Joo Kim, Byung Young Kang, Hae Kwang Lee in their study of sleep deprivation effects on skin the 24 patients, after only 1 night of sleep deprivation, the following changes were observed :

EFFECTS OF SLEEP DEPRIVATION

All collected scientific evidence point to the conclusion that, not only there is a correlation, between relative beauty and sleep, there is also strong evidence supporting the thesis that our skins health and appearance are connected to the quality of sleep.

This puts additional emphasis on the need to treat our skins health more holistically, benefiting from the ingredients that have both topical applications, whilst containing neuro-active ingredients that can further support our stress treatment and sleep quality.

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