8 Ways Too Little Sleep Can Mess With Your Face

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8. Stress + no sleep = stressed out skin that isn’t afraid to show it.

Your skin is the window to what’s going on in your body internally, so if you’re not sleeping and your system isn’t functioning properly, you’re going to notice the aftermath on your face (i.e., dry, flaky skin; a dull complexion, breakouts — you know, all the super-fun stuff). If you’re feeling especially stressed (or even a little bit), Dr. Robbins recommends exercising, especially between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Working out in general releases endorphins (mood elevators) that help release stress, but exercising during this time period in the evening specifically — even if it’s in the comfort of your own home — sets you up for a good night’s sleep because it not only leaves you less stressed, you’ll be even more tired and ready for bed, she adds.

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