You do so much just to make your skin look great in the morning. Your bathroom counter has a lot of skincare products. From charcoal face wash to makeup cleaner to cleansing milk, you have everything.
You are doing everything in your capacity just to get a flawless skin. But what if the biggest secrets to great skin are as simple as taking a nap?
It turns out that the beauty sleep you always heard of is not just a myth. There is a bit of science and research behind it. When you are sleeping, your most important internal and epidermal recovery is in process.
This definitely does not mean you must not abandon your daytime skincare routine. There are just some other easy ways to boost your efforts to get flawless skin.
How does Sleep Affect Your Skin?
You can immediately tell that getting a poor sleep does not do wonders to your face. Research suggests that getting one night of poor sleep may cause:
- Swollen eyes
- Hanging eyelids
- Paler skin
- Darker undereye circles
- More wrinkles
- Increased fine lines
- Increased droopy corners of your mouth
A 2017 study even suggests that two days of sleep restriction can negatively impact your attractiveness. It can also affect your health, trustworthiness, and sleepiness.
So, what you may feel as an overnight issue can give rise to permanent problems.
First of all, you must remember that sleep is the time when your body is repairing itself. This is even true for your epidermis as much as it is for your muscles and brain.
During sleep, the blood flow towards your skin increases and organs start building collagen. Your body tends to repair itself from damage due to UV exposure, age spots, and wrinkles.
Secondly, sleep is a time when your face is in contact with elements that are directly around it. This is particularly true if you are getting the recommended sleep which is from 7 to 9 hours every night.
Just think about it. Your face is against drying, rough cotton for about one-third of its existence. Or your face exposed to the sun for 2 long, unprotected hours. What can it do to you? How badly will it damage your appearance?
What can you do to enhance your skincare in such circumstances? Here is what you need to do.
Get a Full Night of Sleep
The most important part of your skincare is getting enough sleep. By enough, you must remember the recommended duration which is 7 to 9 hours.
The results of getting poor sleep are devastating on your skin. These may include the following.
- Skin that ages at a rapid speed
- Skin that does not recover from environmental stressors such as sun exposure
- Poor satisfaction level with your skin quality
Sometimes, it may not be possible to get up to 9 hours of sleep. However, most of the time, this must be your priority. If you are thinking how to reset your biological clock for this, try sleeping on weekends.
Wash Your Face Before Going to Sleep
You know by now how important sleep is as a part of your daily skincare. It helps to increase the blood flow of skin, build collagen, and relax the facial muscles.
However, going to sleep with a dirty face can affect your skin negatively. Cleansing your face every night is more important than every morning. This does not mean you need to use expensive products or hard scrubs.
A gentle cleanser or any other product of your normal skincare will work. All you need is something to remove makeup, dirt, and extra oil.
You definitely do not want to give the pore-clogging irritants a chance to sink in. It will do the damage overnight. It may cause:
- Large pores
- Dry skin
- Acne breakouts
Use Overnight Moisturizers
Washing your face every night before you go to bed can dehydrate your skin. This is especially true if you sleep in a low-humidity environment. Drinking water may help to some extent. However, what your skin actually needs is a moisturizer.
Just take out any moisturizer from your skincare routine, you do not need to buy a fancy one. Get any product that can help your skin while you sleep.
Another option is to apply the day moisturizer and coat petroleum jelly on it. Remember to do it with clean hands. This will ensure that the moisture does not escape.
You may also try adding sleeping masks to your skincare routine.
Always Sleep on Your Back
It makes sense that the position of your face as you sleep matters to your skin.
If you are sleeping on a rough cotton surface, it can irritate your skin. No matter how fancy your skincare routine is, it will not reverse the effects. Moreover, these cotton surfaces compress your face for a long time leading to wrinkles.
An easy way to avoid all this trouble is by sleeping on your back. It also has several other benefits so it is worth training yourself for.
If you like sleeping on the side, try getting a skin-friendly pillow. A silk or satin pillow can minimize your skin irritation as well as compression. Copper oxide pillowcases, on the other hand, can decrease crow’s feed and fine lines.
Elevate Your Head
Elevating your head can help improve snoring, nasal drip, and acid reflux. All these problems tend to disturb your quality of sleep and hence, your skin.
In addition to this, elevating your head can also help reduce circles and bags around eyes. This happens as the blood flowing towards the skin improves.
What can you do to elevate your head? Just add an extra pillow or maybe a wedge to the mattress. You may even prop the head of your bed by several inches.
Stay Away from the Sun as You Sleep
While it is common for people to sleep in dark, snoozing in sun can damage your skin. Similarly, sleeping in a lighted room can disturb your sleep rhythms and the quality. Hence, no matter what you do for skincare, your skin never tends to get better.
Get yourself blackout curtains or make sure that your bed is not in the range of sunlight.
Embrace Healthy Sleep as a Part of Daily Skincare
In 2019, the skincare industry will see an approximate global sales worth $130 billion. This will be in the form of scrubs, serums, fillers, lotions, and other skincare products.
While you spend lots of money and time on these products, just pay attention to your sleep. This will provide the best skincare to you in the cheapest possible way.
This is not just a matter of getting a youthful or glowing skin. It is also about maintaining your mind, skin, and body for upcoming years. A few wrinkles can never hurt anyone, they are just signs that you lived a happy life.