Sleep is important, not only for replenishing our energy, but also for glowing, youthful skin. As you sleep, your skin cells regenerate, which helps to repair tired, damaged skin. But simply going to sleep and waking up is not enough to get the most out of your skin and truly have you looking your best for years to come.
This is why you need to treat your skin with care at night, and be aware of not only the positive routines and habits that you should employ but also the negatives that you should apply. Below are just eight quick skincare tips to consider before bed:
Cleansing is one of the most important parts of any skincare routine. Over the course of the day, the skin often accumulates dirt and oil. If you don’t cleanse, dirt, oil, and leftover makeup can clog the pores, causing acne and dullness. Choose a cleanser that suits your skin type; foaming cleansers are ideal for oily, acne-prone skin, and micellar water is a great choice for people with sensitive skin.
Once your skin is freshly cleaned, apply a toner that suits your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, opt for one without alcohol, as it can be an irritant. If you have acne-prone skin, look for a toner with salicylic acid or witch hazel.
Exfoliation is important for removing dead skin cells to reveal more radiant skin and prevent build up which can lead to clogging pores, thus causing or worsening acne. You can either use a store bought exfoliation product or use a homemade recipe.
If you want a deeper cleaning and exfoliation, however, consider using a facial cleansing brush. These brushes help to exfoliate the skin by buffing away dead skin cells and clearing out the pores but the best facial cleansing brush for you will depend on your skin type, goals and budget. Whatever exfoliation routine you decide to go with, it’s important limit it to two times per week for normal and oily skin. People with sensitive skin, however, should exfoliate only once per week.
It doesn’t matter if your skin is oily, parched, or somewhere in between, everyone’s skin looks better if it’s appropriately hydrated. People prone to acne should look for a lightweight moisturizer that contains healing ingredients like aloe vera. If you have dry skin, choose a moisturizer with intensely hydrating ingredients, like ceramides. Don’t forget to moisturize your neck too!
5. Don’t Forget the Eyes
The skin around the eyes is very delicate. If you want to avoid wrinkles and crow’s feet, apply a special eye cream to the area to keep it hydrated and supple.
6. Clean Your Pillowcases
If sleeping seems to make your acne worse, the problem may be your pillowcase. Like skin, pillowcases accumulate dirt and oil. If you don’t clean them regularly, they help to clog your pores.
7. Steam Your Skin
When you steam your skin, it opens the pores and improves your skin’s ability to absorb skincare products. There are steamers available for at-home use, but if you want to try a DIY steam, pour hot water into a large basin or bowl. Try adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Then lean your face towards the water and place a towel over your head to lock the steam into the skin. Do this several times a week to improve the condition of your skin.
8. Sleeping Position
It’s called beauty sleep for a reason. If you want your skin to look healthy and radiant, make sure to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night. You also need to sleep in the correct position. Never sleep face down, as your pillow will leave creases and divots in your skin. Also, as mentioned in #6, dirt and oil on your pillow can clog up your pores. Instead, try to sleep on your back, which minimizes the contact between your skin and your pillow.
You can also switch to silk pillowcases, which put less pressure on the skin.