Estée Lauder Sleeps with a Scientist
BEAUTY + SLEEP…. It’s a match made in dream heaven. And what better way to “make me a match” then to put beauty specialist Estée Lauder in bed with scientists from UH Case Medical Center to conduct a study on beauty sleep. (I really enjoyed penning that introductory sentence).
Finally some real science
Poor quality sleep has become a worldwide epidemic of our times. While chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to medical problems such as obesity, diabetes, cancer and immune deficiency, its effects on skin function has not been known until now. This study was proposed to prove, once and for all, that the old cliché , “beauty sleep” has true scientific validity.
Wanted 60 Brave Pre Menopausal Ladies
So they started with 60 pre menopausal (I know a lot of those) to observe how sleep deprivation affected their skin. Specifically how sleep impacts skin function and aging by demonstrating that poor sleepers had increased signs of skin aging and slower recovery from environmental stressors such as toxins and sun damage.
Half of the guinea pigs slept only 5 hours every night and the other half slept 7. A visual skin evaluation was conducted as well as several non-invasive skin challenge tests.
Here is what they found
The poor quality sleepers showed significantly (like twice as much) increased signs of skin aging including fine lines, uneven pigmentation (spots), slackening of skin and reduced elasticity. In addition the skin’s ability to recover from sunburn was much slower for the sleep-deprived suckers.
The Math.. it’s not just counting sheep
“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,”
~ Dr. Daniel Yarosh, Senior VP, Basic Science Research, R&D, at Estée Lauder
Let’s do the math:
Less Sleep = Poor Defenseless Skin
= More Wrinkles!
I don’t know about you but I just want to go to bed!!!