We've all heard the expression “I need my beauty sleep,” but how many of us understand what that actually means? Sleep doesn't just make you feel more rested and more energetic, it also makes you look younger, more vibrant and more attractive. How does this work? Here are just a few of the ways that getting enough sleep helps your skin:

Reduces Appearance of Dark Circles

One of the first things you may notice when you don’t get enough sleep is the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. When you don’t get enough sleep, your blood vessels dilate, which contributes to the dark circles. You don’t need to invest in expensive creams to get rid of those circles; just get enough sleep each night.

Reduces the Appearance of Fine Lines

When you don’t get enough sleep, your body increases production of cortisol, the stress hormone. Cortisol contributes to the breakdown of collagen, which is the protein responsible for keeping your skin smooth and supple. By getting enough sleep, you can keep your collagen at healthy levels, helping to keep your skin looking more youthful. You’ll have fewer fine lines, and you won't ever have to invest in a single facial. Of course, as you age, your collagen will decrease naturally, and you'll have to use other methods to increase it, such as beauty products and cosmetic treatments. The best place to start keeping your skin healthy is simply getting enough sleep.

Makes Skin Appear More Vibrant

Human growth hormone is produced when you are in deep sleep. Growth hormone is responsible for a number of healing processes in your body. It also helps to increase your muscle mass and thicken your skin, both of which will make your skin look healthier, firmer and more vibrant. No more sagging or dull skin for you. Get enough sleep, and you’ll naturally enjoy the benefits of youth.