Lack of Sleep and Your Skin

As an Esthetician, my face is a direct reflection of my work. Luckily I have always had pretty good skin. It’s dry and very sensitive but as long as I’m careful with what I use, I generally don’t have any issues. I learned in my early 20’s how to properly care for my skin and that has helped me in the aging department. I’m in my 30’s but have often been told that I don’t look it. Thank goodness! That also helps my business. 🙂

I’ve had insomnia for about 12 years now. It comes and goes and the last couple of years, it has gotten better. Until recently. I don’t know what is causing it but I’ve tried everything to fix it except for sleeping pills. Not that I don’t take them every once in a while but I am extremely careful because I do not want to become addicted. Anyway, this is not just about my sleeping problems, this is more about my skin.

 This is how I feel…and probably look!


I started experimenting on my face because I want to be able to try new products for clients. This did not go well. My face reacted pretty strongly and I had to stop. I brought my skin care routine back to the basics and finally got my skin back to where to where it looked presentable. Now I’m having problems again and I have a feeling it is directly related to my lack of sleep. After getting 4 hours of sleep last night, my face looks awful! The less sleep I get, the more rashy my skin gets. It kind of looks like pimples on my face but they never turn into anything (and sometimes only last a few hours) so it seems to be more than a rash. I have done a lot of research and tried a bunch of things, even talked to my mentor (an Esthetician who has been in the business for 20+ years) and nothing is helping.

I’ve read that a lack of sleep can cut into the crucial restorative process our skin goes through at night. This means that our skin can’t properly heal or rejuvenate itself and that products we apply won’t be able to effectively do their job. This all makes a difference.

I’m not 100% convinced that my sleeping problems are directly related but the evidence is sure pointing that way. If any of you have experienced similar problems, I would love to hear about it!


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