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February 23, 2018

Spring Forward. How Daylight Savings Can Have An Impact On Our Skin’s Health

Spring Forward. How Daylight Savings Can Have An Impact On Our Skin’s Health By Barbies Beauty Bits

Daylight savings time is just around the corner. While I do love the benefits of the days lasting longer, something I hate is getting used to losing an hour of sleep, adding stress, and making some non-morning people I see daily at work even moodier.  While all of these can affect our mood and energy level, it can also affect our skin’s health.

For this post, I got with some of my professional friends for a little Q & A, and I am here to share with you some of my findings on how losing an hour of sleep can impact the health of our skin as well as some tips on getting a good night’s rest.

Daylight Savings And Your Skin

How Does Sleep Impact Skin Renewal?
Getting plenty of rest is essential for skin renewal because as we sleep our skin rests, recovers and renews. There are a few hormones in our body which can help safely with sleep as well as bad.

Let’s start with the good, with melatonin. Not to get too technical here, but I found out that the sleep hormone melatonin begins to rise a few hours before bedtime as we start to wind down. This hormone not only helps with making us sleepy, but it also helps to fight those skin-damaging environmental factors we have exposed ourselves to during the day, hence repairing our complexion as we sleep.

On the other hand, with a lack of sleep the stress hormone cortisol, can cause skin collagen to break down causing the skin to lose its elasticity, firmness, smoothness and more.  Yes, a lack of sleep not only can affect your physical appearance instantly but can have a long-term negative impact as well.

 How Does Stress Impact Our Skin By Barbies Beauty Bits
How Does Stress Impact Our Skin?

Instead of stressing out because of daylight savings time, try to find some Zen time. Not only does stress show up in our face, which can potentially aggravate skin conditions and cause premature aging,  that physical stress can also cause our body to produce more of that darn stress hormone. And as we mentioned above, it can break down collagen and elastin, ultimately leading to wrinkles! So, find your Zen time!

YES, Beauty Sleep Can Help You Look Younger
As I’m sure you are starting to see; Beauty sleep is real! The goal is to have 6-8 hours of sleep a night as lacking sleep can cause other issues with the skin like dark circles under the eyes and bags! Oh, and don't forget to take your makeup off before you go to bed as makeup can clog your pores which can lead to irritation and blemishes!

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Sleep Schedule And Your Skin

Because our skin repairs itself at night, it is good to try to keep yourself on a sleep schedule. So, going to bed and getting up at the same time every day helps you not only mentally, but also with the health of the skin. Another trick I found is to try to be well rested the week before the time change.

Your Bedding And Your Skin
Yes, improper bedding can also have an impression on your skin. First, the way we sleep can add to premature aging, for example, if you are sleeping on your stomach with your face pressed on a pillow. This pressure can trap dirt and other environmental factors against the skin which can lead to breakouts and wrinkles.

Another thing to look at is your linens, are they cotton?  If so you need to switch them out to silk or at least your pillowcase, as sleeping on a silk pillowcase can help prevent aging.  Per Dr. Rand, silk contains natural proteins and 18 essential amino acids that can also help to counter the effects of aging.

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Your Mattress And Your Skin
Now I am not talking about the eight years of dead skin here, while that is gross, it is another story.  The tip to take away here is the type of mattress we select can also have a bearing on our sleep, hence investing in a quality mattress is critical for your beauty sleep and complexion!

One type of mattress I’ve come to enjoy are those hybrid high-density memory foam mattresses. Not only are they made from a unique molecular composition of a foam, but they combine a temperature-regulating memory foam with a breathable layer.  These layers are fantastic at helping to maximize airflow to keep you feeling cool all night long for a good night of 7-8 hours of sleep, as the fewer hours of sleep we have, the more wrinkles we can get! For example, did you know that getting 5 hours a night can lead to twice as many fine lines as sleeping seven hours would, now who would have thought that?

So, there you have it beauties, my top skincare tips on how to minimize the effects of Daylight Savings. Bottom line, no matter what you do, you need to gradually transition in the time change to reduce the impact that daylight savings time can have on the skin and health.

What are some of your tips for helping your body to get regulated to Daylight Savings? Let me know below!



  1. I get excited for day light savings in the spring. That means longer daylight and warmer weather.

  2. So many things can impact your skin, especially in winter! my skin is always so nice in summer! Exciting for spring: warmer weather and more daylight! xx corinne

  3. Stress is definitely the worst culprit when it comes to my skin. I am the worst at getting stressed and I pay for it!

  4. This is excellent information. It is very important to consider the impact on a person's skin. Definitely some ways to be more aware and get the best for our skin.

  5. I'm excited for daylight savings. As a matter of fact, I'm just excited for spring LOL All the bright colors!

  6. I love that we will be having more daylight soon but losing that hour really blows. This is some great reminding that my skin needs some extra pampering.

  7. I just can't wait for the clocks to go forward, so need spring right now. My skin does suffer with less sleep though,


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