A good night’s sleep in person’s daily schedule performs a miracle effect on skin. The failure to get a good night’s sleep affects the skin, leading it to wrinkles and furrows, bags under eyes and lack of skin tone.
All of which can contribute to premature skin aging. Research has shown that the restorative power of sleep is vital for rejuvenating and repairing the skin. To help improve this sleep deprivation and skin rejuvenation, one of the most important hormone melatonin is involved.
Melatonin is a natural hormone that is principally released by the Pineal gland in the brain but also other parts of the body, including the skin. Whilst it doesn’t have a surface effect on the skin, like preventing wrinkles or age spots or such like, it does a number of other things “behind the scenes” that keep the skin cells healthy.
Restoring Skin Texture
However, as melatonin levels decline with age, only miniscule amounts of the small quantities produced by those suffering from sleep problems actually reach the skin. Fortunately, going straight to the source and applying melatonin directly to the skin will allow those suffering from insomnia to benefit from its rejuvenating powers for restoring the appearance and texture of skin.
Melatonin has also been found to be effective against skin aging. It has powerful antioxidant properties by quenching mainly hydroxyl radicals, the most damaging of all radicals. In addition, research shows that pre-treating human skin with topical melatonin can confer strong protection against ultraviolet (UV) light-induced erythema (sunburn) by suppressing oxidative damage. Studies also show that while sleep deprivation can delay wound healing, topical treatment with melatonin can improve the quality of wound healing and scar formation. That’s why some skin care manufacturing companies have included melatonin in their products.
Melatonin plays a key role in rejuvenating skin through its interactions with major skin cells such as keratinocytes and fibroblasts. Melatonin protects keratinocytes against cell death, while stimulating the growth of fibroblasts. Fibroblasts produce the essential proteins collagen and elastin, which provide structural support for the skin. As we age, these fibroblast cells are less able to produce enough energy to fulfill their role in supporting the skin. This shows the deficiency in melatonin, reduces skin thickness, increases lipid peroxidation, and induces skin degenerative changes. All of which have been shown to be improved with topical application of melatonin based products.
Combining melatonin and MSM with peptides and classic anti-aging nutrients such as vitamins C and E can help optimize the skin’s renewal and repair cycle while firming skin and providing powerful antioxidant protection.