If you’re the type of gal who loves a good romantic comedy, 1960′s beauty icons and above all things, you love makeup then you’ve probably seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s. One of my favorite scenes happens when Holly Golightly wakes from a deep slumber in dangling ear plugs, eye covers that bear their own pair of false lashes and of course under it all she is in full makeup!

The notion that a good night’s sleep enhances beauty has long been accepted by everyone from magazine editors, beauty conscious moms and makeup artist around the world. A new study has finally provided evidence that “beauty sleep” is more than just an expression: it’s science. 

A group of 23 participants, all between the ages of 18 and 31, were photographed twice: once after getting a full eight hours of sleep, and then again when limited to five hours of sleep followed by 31 hours of sleep deprivation. The researchers then asked a group of 65 untrained observers to rate the photographs based on healthiness, attractiveness and overall tiredness. ” The observers were unaware which of the two photographs in each pair was taken after a normal night’s sleep and which was not. Findings showed that sleep-deprived people appear less healthy, less attractive and more tired compared with when they are well rested,” wrote the researchers. 

So the next time someone suggests that you’re lazy, sleep too long or such nonsense, tell them you’re doing a service to your face and body – catching up on your beauty sleep! 

Lauren NapierComment