When it comes to beauty and great skin, going au natural tops most of our recommendations. We’ve given you some DIYs for face masks, hair masks, lip stains, the works! With that in mind, eating right is also key, and getting enough rest comes a close second.

Focusing on the latter, understand that sleep is integral for the reparative and restorative functions in your body to be in their prime. Whether it’s sore muscles, recovering from the flu, or ridding yourself of puffy eyes, shut-eye at night is an essential component that must be on your list of priorities.

Make note, afternoon naps and over-sleeping on weekends will not serve as compensatory measures. That said, here’s why sleep is the best elixir when it comes to keeping your skin looking young and fresh.

Getting Adequate Sleep Improves Various Skin Conditions
When you get the right amount of sleep, your acne and breakouts or other skin irritations will subside. This is because when you sleep, your skin works from within to heal itself and rid your body of unwanted toxins.

Getting Adequate Sleep Enhances Your Skin’s Natural Beauty
The cell renewal process peaks while you are sleeping, and this helps your skin heal and repair scar tissues. Because your body is at rest, it can focus on contributing to functions like production of collagen and hyaluronic acid—the component that deals with elasticity and lends itself to making your skin look plumper and radiant.

Getting enough sleep also gives your body enough time to rebalance the hydration and pH levels in the skin. This way, it recovers the moisture lost during the day, or removes excess moisture, if that’s the case. Say goodbye to puffiness, dark circles and dry skin, and welcome the reduced appearance of wrinkles.

Getting Adequate Sleep Slows Down Signs Of Aging
When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re accelerating the aging process of not just your skin, but your body too. When your body passes into the stage of deep sleep, there is a rise in growth hormones. This leads to the reversing of various skin cells that have been damaged during the course of the day, from work-related stress or even environmental issues. It’s the reason why your skin looks dry and duller after a restless night, as compared to when you get a restful night’s sleep.

For what it’s worth, we know exactly how sleeping in longer than you should sounds tempting, but too much of a good thing can be detrimental, as can too little of it. Try to get in at least 7 hours every night.

PS: For solutions to suit your specific skin type, head to our Skincare Section.
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Charlene Flanagan is a lifestyle journalist whose love for language drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as pursue her Masters in Arts. Over the last five years, she’s contributed to a number of leading publications, and has particularly enjoyed reviewing books and restaurants, as well as interviewing celebrities. Her recent switch to a holistic lifestyle has her looking at her food choices very differently—although she won’t admit it. When she’s not busy writing up about workouts, home remedies, and skincare essentials, she spends her time being the quintessential city girl who’s excited to see what life has in store for her.