Tips for Beauty Sleep

When it comes to beauty, sleep may be the closest thing to a fountain of youth. 

While we sleep, our skin and bodies are in repair mode.

Sleep deprivation can lead to a number of skin issues like acne breakouts, fine lines, dark circles, puffy eyes and lackluster skin.

Some show up immediately and others are the result of weeks, or even years of sleep deprivation.

Most experts suggest 7-9 hours a night but we know it’s hard to get that much sleep every night. 

Here are some tips for getting the best skincare with your beauty sleep.

Sleep on Your Back

Sleeping on your stomach or on of your sides will apply pressure on your face, that could eventually produce permanent sleep lines on your face.

Sleeping on your back will not apply any pressure to your face.

This might be uncomfortable at first and you can't really control your involuntary sleep movements when you move to a side or stomach position.

When you notice you are on your side or stomach, practice moving to laying on your back and you will get used to it over time.

Sleeping on your back prevents your face from rubbing up against the pillow, which can also help keep your skin looking smooth.

Use an Overnight Product

An overnight mask or Sleeping mask is designed to help ingredients penetrate more deeply into the skin as you sleep.

It can work as a barrier and sealant.

A light coating of this product prevents dirt and dust from getting into the pores and locks in moisture.

For best results, apply the overnight mask 30 minutes before lying down in bed. This will allow the product to absorb a bit and not be all over the pillow.

If you don’t want to apply a mask overnight, a night cream is thicker than a daytime moisturizer making it perfect to be applied at night before going to bed. It takes several hours before it penetrates into the skin.

Night creams slowly absorb into the skin focusing on the dry parts and hydrating those areas.

They are soothing and relaxing, helping with sleep and skin will look fresh in the morning.

Again for best results, apply 30 minutes before going to bed.

Pillowcases Make a Difference

While facial creasing has a lot to do with sleep positioning, a change in pillowcase can help as well.
There are so many beauty benefits of using a silk pillowcase.

The smooth texture of silk is gentler than cotton and may help prevent sleep wrinkles, as well as reduce skin irritation.

Its tightly woven fibers also keep moisture and natural oils in the skin, leaving your skin better hydrated.
  

Wear Hair Up

It's a good idea to keep your hair out of the face while sleeping to keep natural oils from adding excess oil or dirt to the skin causing clogged pores and breakouts.

Avoid pulling hair into a really tight bun or ponytail because that can cause hair breakage, wrapping hair up loosely in a silk scarf or scrunchie would work great.

Keep Cleansing Cloths by the Bed

No matter how tired you are, going to bed with your makeup on will only be worse the morning after - clogged pores, irritated eyes, oily residue.

Make it less of a chore by keeping some good quality face wipes by the bed for a fast, effective cleanse.

It's not a good idea to rely on cleansing cloths every night but once in a while they can be skin saviors.

Wear a Silk Sleep Mask

Avoiding light when you sleep is crucial to getting quality rest.

An eye mask helps eliminate exposure to light, preventing it from interfering with your sleep.

Since skin is susceptible to wrinkling, make sure that the material pressing against your face is as soft as possible.

Keep the Bedroom Temperature Low

At night, your body’s natural temperature declines.

Keeping the temperature in your bedroom low is good for both your metabolism and your blood flow.

This is important because improving your blood flow helps oxygenate your skin, keeping it plump and even-toned for the day ahead.

Maintaining a cool temperature in your bedroom will also help reduce redness in your skin.



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