To be honest I’m one of those who can get by on three or five hours of sleep and brag about it to my friends. But, look karma is after me and it got me good. Sleep deprivation caused me terrible changes to my body and skin. People will look at me and say I look like 10 years older than my actual age! Unfortunately we can’t make up for the loss of sleep. But here is why your skin needs its 8 hours sleep and it also applies to men:


During sleep, your body rejuvenates, detoxify and tissues renew at a faster speed as the brain releases hormones for renovation and growth. Without sleep, mini breakdowns that happened during the day stay on the skin.  It is during the night that our body works extra hard to heal and repair.


When you sleep, skin goes into conservation mode because the adrenaline and corticosteroid levels drop and the body produces human growth hormone (HGH) when not disturbed. If sleep is insufficient, stress hormones increase, leading chances of inflammation in the form of eczema, psoriasis, acne and skin sensitivity.


Part of skin’s natural repair process is the production of collagen to fight the development of fine lines. Skin beauty is related to the amount of this youthful protein which decreases as we age. Skimping on even two hours of sleep negatively impacts collagen production.


Skin uses moisture when we sleep. During sleep cycles the body flushes out toxins via sweat. Skin recovers moisture during sleep and processes excess water for removal. If lack of sleep is interrupted; skin appears drier with fine lines being more prominent. Your skin shows poor water balance with under eye circles and bags alongside dryness that highlights visible wrinkles.


With the five sleep cycles, each lasting 90 minutes, skin initiates cell repair. Minor damages can be reversed overnight during the deeper phases of sleep. Try to sleep on your back, lying face down or sideways on your pillow creates lines and contribute to wrinkle formation.

Remember a great night sleep will bring on bright eyes and radiant skin, a win-win situation!


So he blamed the free radicals

My younger brother used to suffer from severe acne during his teenager days. What really annoyed him were his friends and relatives unwelcome comments like:

  • you have an unhealthy diet
  • you sleep too late
  • you touch your face too much or even worse,
  • you do not cleanse your face at all

What!! I mean he did everything right and still woke up with a pineapple face. But why?

A recent study published in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology explains that the main culprit to acne is Free Radicals, because they cause inflammation in the skin which blocks pores and eventually leads to pimples. Free radicals are reactive, unstable atoms that are missing an electron. In an effort to gain stability, they steal an electron from a nearby stable molecule. This creates a new radical and results in a chain reaction, this repeated process is very damaging to our cells.

We are constantly exposed to free radicals through normal processes such as our body using oxygen (breathing) or responding to stress. Additional exposure comes from repeat contact with environmental influences like the sun exposure and pollution and smoking.


Then which antioxidants help to control acne breakouts the most? Antioxidants neutralize free radicals by donating one of their own electrons, ending the electron-“stealing” reaction.

Neutralize free radicals and the damage they cause with Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10, which is a substance that the human body makes naturally. Cells use it to generate energy. CoQ10 also functions as a powerful antioxidant to help fight free radicals that can damage cells and DNA. It can be found as one of the components for cellular therapy.

The vitamins C and E  protect the body against the destructive effects of free radicals. To ensure an good intake of the antioxidant nutrients maintain a balanced diet consisting of 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Of course, my brother followed all these alternatives and in a few weeks he got a clearer skin and got his confidence back.