You probably know this, but we’re going to say it anyway… Beauty sleep is a real thing, ladies! You know that lack of sleep slows down your mind and tires you, but did you know that it has the same or, in fact worse effects on your skin? When you doze off, your skin’s at work doing its thing (read repairing and regenerating cells, boosting collagen and nourishing), which obviously doesn’t happen when you don’t get enough sleep. If you’re the nocturnal kind, this post is dedicated to you. Get ready to discover what lack of sleep does to your skin… and change your sleeping habits maybe?

Your skin becomes dull and dry
 

Your skin becomes dull and dry

A single sleepless night can leave your skin looking ashy and lifeless the next morning. Think of the damage it can do if you are sleep-deprived every night. The lack of sleep leads to a decrease in the pH level of the skin, which makes it appear dehydrated and dreary.

Your ageing clock speeds up
 

Your ageing clock speeds up

Got wrinkles, fine lines and under-eye bags? It is a big tell-tale sign that you are not getting enough ZZZs at night. Your skin produces collagen and improves elasticity while you sleep and the lack of it accelerates ageing signs and makes your skin sag sooner than it should.

You get dark circles and puffiness
 

You get dark circles and puffiness

This one’s a no brainer and you may already know this by now. Your panda eyes are a result of the late-night Netflix marathons, the excessive partying, and the mindless scrolling through social media till the wee hours of the morning. When your eyes are tired, it affects the blood flow and results in lack of oxygen around eyes. This in turn causes dark and blotchy patches and puffiness.

Your breakouts become worse
 

Your breakouts become worse

If the reason for your lack of sleep is stress or working late, don’t be surprised if you wake up to a new pimple every morning. Your body and skin need enough rest to rejuvenate and if you have acne-prone skin, you need it more than anyone else.