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Sleeping Beauty: Study Confirms Bad Sleep Ages Skin Faster, Harms Self-Esteem -- and Wallets, Too?

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It's all true. A nightly eight hours of good snoozing should be at the top of your list of anti-aging skincare. Lousy sleep habits stamp a damaging impression on your skin, weight and self-esteem, as well as on your mental focus and ability to get. things. done. A new sleep-and-skin-aging clinical study by Estée Lauder conducted at the University Hospitals Case Medical Centre in Cleveland, Ohio, confirms what we know and proves that bad sleep ages skin faster, slows recovery from sun exposure, and negatively impacts how we see ourselves. But does it mean that if we all got great sleep every night, we'd spend less on cosmetics and skincare?

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Sixty women between the ages of 30 and 49 participated in Estée Lauder's clinical study, "The Effects of Sleep Quality on Skin Aging and Function." Half the subjects were on the "poor sleep quality" side. In comparison with the good-sleepers crowd, poor sleepers showed:

  • more fine lines, more uneven pigmentation, reduced skin firmness, less skin elasticity -- older-looking skin
  • slower recovery from sunburn-related redness and inflammation
  • increased skin dehydration and lower ability to recover from it
  • higher obesity rates
  • more negative view of own skin and overall appearance (*surprised face*)

See the fact sheet here:

sleep better, save money?

Given Estée Lauder's sleep-and-skin-aging study findings, it seems logical that good sleep habits should mean younger-looking skin and better self-esteem. That should translate into asking less of our skincare and makeup -- we should need less to look great, need to spend less to look great. No need for that new pricey magic potion, right? *quirks left brow*

I have to admit I'm making slow progress with my New Year's resolution to improve my bedtime practices. (I've learned that I really have to work at it! Like the term "beauty sleep," the phrase "bad habits are hard to break" is a cliché for good reason.) I still use all kinds of products -- including facial mists, serums, and moisture masks etc. -- to make my skin look more rested than it is. And I use makeup tricks to make my eyes look brighter, more awake than they are. *sigh*

Does anything in this Estée Lauder clinical study surprise you? If we all got great sleep on a regular basis, would we spend less on skincare and makeup?