Here's what a lack of sleep *really* does to your skin - and it's not good news

We all know that getting a full night of shut-eye is the best thing for our health, physically and mentally.

But did you know that skipping out on sleeping time could also be having a negative impact on our skin?

Recently, YourGoodSkin undertook a survey of 2,000 women to take a look at hour their sleeping patterns - good or bad - may be affecting the health of their skin.

And a huge seven out of ten women said they always notice a difference in their skin if they've not got enough sleep the night before.

In fact, most admitted to noticing visible issues with theirs, with fifty-six percent feeling that they looked ‘pale or washed out’, and a fifth revealing that a lack of sleep makes them more prone to spots and breakouts.

A further 30 per cent of women also said they experience more puffy looking and feeling skin if they'd not got enough sleep. So what's the scientific reasoning behind bad skin, if we don't sleep as much as we should?

Dr Guy Meadows, from The Sleep School in London, said, “The idea of getting your so called ‘beauty sleep’ has been around for centuries, but it’s only recently that we’ve begun to understand why.

"Sleep is when our skin cells actively grow and repair themselves in response to the wear and tear of the day. Scientific research now confirms that a lack of sleep accelerates the ageing process by reducing the time available for essential skin repair."

Dr Guy went on, explaining that the research shows a 'worrying trend' for inadequate sleep becoming the norm.

He explained, "This research of 2000 women highlights a worrying trend amongst society at large, whereby most of us are regularly getting less than the required 7-8 hours of sleep per night, despite knowing its benefits.

"Making sleep a priority in our lives is essential for maintaining our mental, emotional and physical health, which includes keeping our skin healthy and balanced."

The Sleep School have said that seven to eight hours sleep a night is optimum, but many women in the survey average just six and a half - with a fifth getting even less.

There are lots of ways to try and aid better and longer sleep at night.

And to help matters, YourGoodSkin at Boots have launched a new product, their Cica Repair Sleep Paste, which aims to combat some of the signs of sleep deprivation, to make you look like you've had a restful night's sleep, even if you haven't.

In fact, it's so good that Loose Women star Andrea McLean even uses the cream herself for better skin!

Over on her Instagram, she explained, 'I’ve always been put off the idea of slathering myself in cream and ending up giving my pillow a good moisturise rather than my skin...

'Then I found this, @yourgoodskin Cica Repair Sleep Paste which is a night time mask. I put it on a few nights a week, about 15 minutes before getting into bed. I can EASILY find 15 minutes’ worth of useless pottering to do before turning in! Then, before I get into bed I give it a good rub, and ta-da... it’s gone! Absorbed into all the right places and my sheets are safe.

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'The best bit is the next day when I first look in the mirror, and I’ve forgotten that I had it on. I look like me, but BETTER. Love it... '

The Your Good Skin paste on sale at Boots in store and online now for just £6.40, down from £12, and already has tons of five-star reviews!

One customer wrote, 'Used this for the first time last night thought would try as had a flare up with my skin. Woke up this morning and was pleasantly surprised to see it had reduced the redness in my spots and skin felt so hydrated as well I shall be applying this evening again'.

While another said, 'The first morning after I used I saw an immediate change in my skin, it looked so glowing and like I had had 8 hours sleep! I preferred to apply this with my fingers rather than the applicator.'

Maybe this really could be the solution...