Why Sleep is Important for the Health of your Skin

Why Sleep is Important for the Health of your Skin

We’ve talked about the link between sleep and health before (read it here). Poor sleep can upset your hormones, compromise your immune system, increase your risk of gaining weight, damage your DNA and elevate your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. So if you’re feeling guilty about that afternoon nap or weekend sleep in - don’t!

The bottom line is that a good night’s sleep is important for the health of our whole bodies. However, we thought it would be interesting to look more closely at how lack of sleep affects the health of our skin. Here’s what we found.

Sleep affects skin repair

One study showed that just a few nights of poor sleep slowed down the skin’s ability to restore a damaged skin barrier. This was thought to be caused to a compromised immune system, which is key to the healing and regeneration of damaged tissues (1).

Sleep affects skin function

 Likewise, a few night’s sleep deprivation reduced the skin’s hydration, altered its pH, reduced elasticity and upset the normal shedding of dead skin cells (2) 

Sleep affects skin ageing

 Chronic sleep deprivation (less than 5 hours sleep per night) was found to result in more rapid ageing of the skin. What’s more, when compared to those who slept well (7-9 hours per night), the skin of poor sleepers was less able to recover from stresses like a damaged skin barrier or redness caused by exposure to UV light. People who slept poorly also felt less happy with their appearance (3).

Sleep affects how others perceive us

 Finally, a study showed that when we are sleep-deprived, others see us as less attractive and less healthy. It also makes others less inclined to want to socialise with us (4). 

Poor sleep is on the increase

 Some scientists believe that sleep deprivation in society is so common that we are experiencing a public health epidemic as a result. Causes include work and school stresses, increased use of mobile devices and other factors (5).  

 We talked about proven methods to enhance your sleep in our earlier blog. Boosting your melatonin naturally, reducing anxiety, taking regular exercise, consuming the right foods before bed, avoiding caffeine, nicotine and alcohol before bed, and establishing a calm night-time routine are all key.

Caring for your skin while you sleep -the Mokosh way

A good night's sleep will improve your skin’s ability to repair damaged cells, secrete accumulated waste products and regenerate cells and tissues after the stresses of the day. Switching to Mokosh for your night time skin routine will boost your skin’s ability to perform these vital functions, so that you wake up each morning looking and feeling like a million dollars. Here’s what we recommend for the ultimate night time routine for your best skin ever: 

Step 1: Removing waste

Make it easy for your skin to secrete waste by removing makeup, and cleansing the skin of the pollutants it has absorbed throughout the day. Our Makeup Remover & Cleansing Oil will efficiently remove makeup and cleanse the pores, without the use of detergents that can upset the skin’s barrier function. It also delivers high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin E, antioxidants and other oil-soluble phytonutrients that will feed your skin while you sleep.

Step 2: Micro-Exfoliation

Remove dead skin cells, cellular debris and excess sebum by performing a micro-exfoliation with our Facial Cleanser, Exfoliator & Mask. This will leave the skin fresh and clear, ready to absorb your nutrient-dense moisturiser to follow. It will also deliver water-soluble antioxidants including vitamins B and C, humectants, anti-inflammatories and collagen-boosting hydroxyacids.

Step 3: Rebalancing

 Restore your skin’s pH and deliver skin calming botanicals with a spray of our Pure Hydrosol Toner. Make without alcohols or preservatives, it is a pure blend of hydrosols of damask rose and lemon balm that will soothe and calm the skin.

Step 4: Deliver nutrients and protect

 Deliver your powerhouse superfood moisturiser. Choose from one of our Beauty Serums (Elderberry for oily/combination or Raspberry for normal/dry/mature) or Face Creams (Rich, Light or Pure Face & Body). For an extra nutrient boost apply Beauty Serum and top with a Face Cream. Because our moisturisers contain no emulsifiers or preservatives, they will not interfere with your skin’s barrier function (emulsifiers are detergents), and will not disturb your skin’s microbiome (preservatives will change your skin’s bacterial population). They will deliver essential fatty acids and a range of vitamins, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory molecules that will work with your body's metabolism to repair your skin overnight.

Step 5: Start the repair process

 Get an early night and enjoy the bliss of a perfect night’s sleep!



1. Smith, T.J et al (2018) Impact of sleep restriction on local immune response and skin barrier restoration with and without "multinutrient" nutrition intervention. Journal of Applied Physiology.

2. Leger, D. et al (2019) Acute sleep deprivation: consequences on healthy face skin. A non-invasive instrumental investigation. Sleep Vol 42, Issue Supplement 1. 

3. Oyetakin-White, P. et al (2015) Does poor quality sleep affect skin ageing? Clin Exp Dermatol 40 (1): 17-22

4. Sundelin, T. et al (2017) Negative effects of restricted sleep on facial appearance and social appeal. R. Soc. Open Sci. 4 (5): 160918.

5. Chattu, V,K. et al (2018)  Insufficient sleep syndrome: is it time to claffify it as a major noncommunicable disease? Sleep Sci. 11(2): 56-64



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