We do so much to make our skin look great in the morning. Our bathroom counters are cluttered with our 10-step routines. What if one of the biggest secrets to better skin was as simple as laying down and taking a nap? Yup…you heard that right.
It turns out there’s quite a bit of research and science behind the concept of beauty rest. Getting a poor night of sleep is so noticeable. You can tell by your skin! One night of poor sleep is known to cause:
Hanging eyelids, swollen eyes, darker under-eye circles, paler skin, more wrinkles and fine lines, and droopy corners of the mouth
Sleep is the time when your body repairs itself. During sleep, your skin’s blood flow increases, and the organ rebuilds its collagen and repairs damage from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles and age spots.
Here are 5 easy ways to maximize your beauty sleep…which in turns, helps your skin become glowy and clear.
1. Get a full night of sleep
The best place to start for your skin — and for your overall health — is to get the recommended amount of rest each night.
The results of poor sleep for your skin are numerous and significant, including:
skin that ages faster, skin that doesn’t recover as well from environmental stressors like sun exposure, and less satisfaction with your skin quality
2. Wash your face before turning in
Going to sleep with a dirty face will harm the appearance of your skin.
Cleansing your face each night is arguably more important than in the morning — you don’t need to use fancy products or scrub too hard. A gentle cleanser to remove dirt, makeup, and extra oil will do the trick.
You don’t want to give the day’s pore-clogging irritants the chance to sink in and do damage overnight. This can cause:
large pores, dry skin, rashes, infections, inflammation, acne outbreaks
3. Use an overnight moisturizer
Washing your face can dry it out and sleeping can also dehydrate skin, especially if you snooze in a low-humidity environment. While staying hydrated by drinking water can help to some extent, what your skin really needs at night is a topical moisturizer.You just need a thicker cream or oil that can help your skin as you sleep.
4. Sleep on your back or use a special pillowcase
It makes sense that the position your face is in while you sleep matters to your skin.
Sleeping on a rough cotton surface can irritate your skin and compress your face for long hours at a time, resulting in wrinkles. While most wrinkles are caused by the expressions we make while we’re awake, wrinkles on the face and chest can result from sleeping on our stomachs or sides.
An easy solution to this is sleeping on your back — which also has a few other benefits — even if you have to train yourself over time.
5. Elevate your head
Elevating your head has been proven to help with snoring, acid reflux, and nasal drip — all issues that can disturb the quality of your sleep, and therefore your skin. Elevating your head while you sleep can be as simple as adding an extra pillow, or even propping the head of your bed by a few inches.
Try any of these tips? Let us know in the comments below!