I love Estée Lauder! I do.
Strange beginning to my post? Yes, I digress, but I promise it ties in with the beautiful bedtime part!
Let the record show, I worked for Estée Lauder back in the day, and have never been treated better by a company. For me that’s saying a lot, because I’ve worked for a lot of cosmetic companies. But the fact of the matter is, they really do the research, a lot of research, and they really deliver products that work!
(No, I am not paid by Estée Lauder; I am just believe in their products!)
So, if you feel tired and listless from a poor night’s sleep, then your skin is also looking tired and listless!
Fortunately Estée Lauder commissioned a new study with University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center on exactly that subject.
“Poor sleepers have increased signs of skin aging and slower recovery from a variety of environmental stressors, such as disruption of the skin barrier or ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Additionally, poor sleepers also had worse assessment of their own skin and facial appearance.
In a first-of-its-kind clinical trial commissioned by, physician-scientists at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center, found that sleep quality impacts skin function and aging.
The researchers found statistically significant differences between good and poor quality sleepers. Using the SCINEXA skin aging scoring system, poor quality sleepers showed increased signs of intrinsic skin aging including fine lines, uneven pigmentation and slackening of skin and reduced elasticity. In this system, a higher score means a more aged appearance. The average score in the good quality sleepers was 2.2 versus 4.4 in poor quality sleepers. They found no significant difference between the groups in signs of extrinsic aging, which are attributed primarily to sun exposure, such as coarse wrinkles and sunburn freckles.
The researchers found that good quality sleepers recovered more efficiently from stressors to the skin. Recovery from sunburn was more sluggish in poor quality sleepers, with erythema (redness) remaining higher over 72 hours, indicating that inflammation is less efficiently resolved. A Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL) test was used at various time points to determine the ability of the skin to serve as an effective barrier against moisture loss. In measurements 72 hours after a skin barrier stressor (tape-stripping), the recovery of good quality sleepers was 30% higher than poor quality sleepers (14% vs. -6%) demonstrating that they repair the damage more quickly.
Additionally, poor quality sleepers were significantly more likely to have a higher Body Mass Index (BMI). For example, 23% of good quality sleepers were obese compared to 44% of poor quality sleepers. Not surprisingly, self perception of attractiveness was significantly better in good quality sleepers (mean score of 21 on self evaluation) vs. poor quality sleepers (mean score of 18).
“This research shows for the first time, that poor sleep quality can accelerate signs of skin aging and weaken the skin’s ability to repair itself at night,” said Dr. Daniel Yarosh, Senior Vice President, Basic Science Research, R&D, at The Estée Lauder Companies. “These connections between sleep and skin aging, now supported with solid scientific data, will have a profound effect on how we study skin and its functions. We see these findings as yet another way we can direct our scientific research toward the real needs of our customers who want to look and feel their best.”
What can I do now you ask? Well think of the things that make you sleep better;
- More exercise (not too close to bedtime)
- Reduced caffeine (cut back before 3:00 pm)
- Less alcohol (studies also show that while you may feel tired after a night of partying, you will actually wake more during the night)
Combine the above with a good night time skincare product 9and there are many not just Estee Lauder’s) and your skin will thank you in the morning.
In Health and Happiness,