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How Does Sleep Affect Your Face?

Catharine Willett June 10, 2016 0 comments 0

“I get around four to five hours of sleep a night.”

“Five hours of sleep.”

“Three to four hours of sleep.”

“Five hours a night.”

Nearly 30% of Americans are sleep deprived.

“nine to six, work. Then you go home and eat something, then to ten to two or three, you do all the other stuff.”

“I live far away, so I get home late. I also try and make time to work out.”

“I just have really bad insomnia and I tend to really over-extend myself, so when I do have the time to sleep a full night, I don’t know how to even begin sleeping”

“To me, sleep is just something that you have to do. So the quicker you can get it over with, the better.”

One potential side effect of sleep deprivation is premature aging. So we brought in a makeup artist to demonstrate how sleep deprivation would make someone look in 20 years.

“I do worry at what point will the makeup stop covering up my lack of sleep.”

“I think I look sort of exhausted under my eyes. It’s sort of baggy and my eyes look a little blood shot and my skin looks dull.”

“There’s definitely times when I wake up and I feel like I look older.”

“I notice I don’t get enough sleep because the first thing I think of when I wake up is coffee.”

“I’m trying to change my sleeping habits because I know it’s detrimental to my health and my appearance.”

“I will never change my sleeping habits. I will just figure out more ways to ingest caffeine.”

Then we gave them a mirror.

“I’m scared to open my eyes!”

“I sort of recognize myself, but I don’t.”

“Oh! Close up, it’s gross.”

“I think it’s more disturbing because I look younger than I expected, but still terrible.”

“My skin both looks and feels tired.”

“Definitely don’t love how I look.”

“Oh I hate the under eyes. The under eyes are the worst. This is the first time I’ve ever seen myself with wrinkles. I don’t like it.”

The makeup illustrated fine lines around the eyes and dark circles under the eyes. With less sleep, the body releases more cortisol. Too much cortisol can break down skin collagen. Without enough sleep, your body releases less growth hormone. Over time, this will decrease your skin’s thickness.

 “I definitely feel less invincible. I realize now that these bad habits are going to catch up to me at some point.”

“It definitely makes me want to change my sleeping habits…”

“It definitely makes me want to sleep more if this is what I’m going to look like.”

“There’s a certain melancholy to the overall look that is off putting. I think that’s worse. That projection to the world, that you look like someone who is sad…It makes me want to sleep.”

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