How Sleep Deprivation Ages Your Skin

How sleep deprivation ages your skin. The aging of the skin happens in increments. Obviously, the longer you go without sleep, whether quantity or quality, it doesn’t take long for it to start to visibly show up on your face.


This blog post was an inspiration to find out how prolonged sleep deprivation ages the skin since I had quite a few clients that expressed to me that they were suffering from long term sleep deprivation.

One client was a young woman in her twenties thad had perpetually very dry skin and dark circles. Another was a woman in her mid sixties that wanted to get rid of dark circles and under eye bags and had extremely sensitive skin. I had a few other clients that also suffered from long term sleep deprivation.

The reasons varied from working long hours to having anxiety . Whatever the reason, it was robbing them from having a good nights sleep, night after night.


How Lack of Sleep Ages your Skin:

Studies have shown the even after 24 hours of not sleeping, the visual cues start to show on the face , usually in this order:

-Hanging/swollen eyelids

-Dark circles under the eyes

-Wrinkles/lines around the eyes

-Pale Sin and/or dry dull skin

-Eczema Flare ups/unexplained rashes

-Corners of the mouth begin to sag/drop

-Tense Lips

-Over all look of sadness

Does Poor Sleep Quality Affect Skin Aging?

Clinical studies have shown that the QUALITY of sleep is just as important as the QUANTITY of sleep.

Poor sleep quality shows that even with enough quantity of sleep, subject still showed dark under eye circles, higher levels of Trans Epidermal Loss and showed poor barrier recovery.

After subjects were exposed to UV light, better sleepers recovered faster from redness than poor sleepers.

Studies also showed that even after one day of sleep deprivation, the following is affected:

-Hydration- the skins ability to hold in water gradually DECREASED with sleep deprivation

-Skin Glow



-Elasticity/wrinkles-this was MOST affected by reduced sleep-especially after long periods of sleep deprivation.

-Skin texture was not significantly impacted until the 4th day of sleep deprivation

Sleep and Acne:

Studies also showed that lack of sleep can affect the severity of acne, slower healing of acne lesions and uneven skin tone due to irregular pigmentation formation.

Stress is related to acne and just by having sleep deprivation can increase stress responses in the body that can increase acne for some people.

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Just like our bodies follow a circadian rhythm to signal when it is time to eat, sleep, and wake up, our skin also follows a circadian rhythm.

This is why there are certain times of the day when your skin is recovering, producing more oil, needing more hydration and creating more skin cells.

This is why there are actual times of the day when it is more efficient to apply certain types of skin care products to get better results.

BEST time to apply Skin Care Products

Exposure to sunlight can help reset our circadian rhythm to help reset our body clocks to be able to sleep better naturally without the use of drugs . It may take longer but it is better for the body in the long run.

Although there are many different types of mood therapy and sleep lamps, this LED Mood lamp is UV FREE.

Numerous studies have shown that by using a bright full spectrum light at the appropriate times of the day at the right setting, it can help reset your circadian rhythms.

Studies have also shown that if you take a Vitamin B12 alone along with being exposed to a bright light or sunlight early in the part of the day, this can also help reset your circadian rhythm so you can sleep at night and be alert during the day.

Clinical studies have also shown that by taking Vitamin B12 by itself , along with being exposed to bright light or sunlight in the earlier part of the day, that by doing this regularly, it can help reset your circadian rhythms so you can sleep at night and be alert during the day.

How Mood Therapy Light Works

The sunlight or bright light gets processed through the retina in a path called the “Retinohypothalmic tract. This process sets the light to reset the “central clock” located in the suprachiasmatic (SCN) nucleus.

This initiates hormonal/neuronal signals all throughout the body, including the skin to regulate :

-Skin cell cycles/proliferation



-Rejuvenation Repair of the skin

Mood Therapy LightL What you NEED to know:

Before you consider using any light therapy, if you have any type of eye disease such as:

-Retinal Disease

-Macular Degeneration


-Bipolar disorder


Everyone responds to light differently so the benefit of this lamp has time increments of:

-15 minutes

-30 minutes

-45 minutes

-60 minutes

The general recommendation is the lower the light setting, the longer time duration should be.

Light therapy should be used with a regular sleep schedule.

Tip #1:

Start with 30- minutes of light per day. Start by using in the earlier part of the day between 6-9am.

Tip #2: Don’t look directly into the light. Instead, place it in front of you but off center. Keep your eyes open.


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3 Level color settings: 3000K-6500k (as it gets higher, the light becomes cooler)

3000K-warm setting

4000K-off white

4600K-6500K day light setting

Response Time is usually begins in a few days and within 2 weeks, most people see improvements.

**Some people may experience:

-Mild headaches



-Mild eye strain while using the lights

The symptoms subside within a few days for most people.

***STOP TREATMENT*** and contact a doctor or use the light for a shorter amount of time and sit further away from the lights if you become irritable or experience euphoria.

*This blog post was NOT sponsored, however the video about this specific lamp has been sponsored by :

Light Therapy at Home



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