Don't you wish you had a few extra hours to sleep? Research show that a good night's sleep should be 8 hours, but for most of us, 8 hours sleep a night is only a dream… Since a good night's sleep is not just a basic need for a healthy life but also an important part of your beauty routine, here are 7 great tips to help you make the most out of your sleep time in order to improve your skin's look and feel, and wake up more beautiful than ever!
- Always clean your skin before going to bed – yes, we keep saying that, but it is really important: remove all make-up residues, mascara and off course lipstick of any kind. Your skin must be clean in order to rest and restore itself during the night. A good cleanser is a must for a healthy looking skin.
- Apply a rich night cream – the skin is much more absorbent during the night, and your sleep is an excellent opportunity to deep nourish the skin with all the essential elements it requires. The muscles around the eyes and mouth are restful and relaxed, therefore able to absorb more nourishing and hydrating elements in order to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Also, in contrary to day moisturizing cream, night cream can be richer in moisture since there is no need to apply foundation and make-up on top of it. Overall, a good night cream can restore the skin's plumpness, hydrate it and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Drink water – More water means more elastic skin therefore less wrinkles. drinking enough water is vital for a healthy looking skin, but if you try drinking about 20 OZ (2.5 cups) of water before going to sleep it can help your body dispose of toxins allowing you to enjoy a radiant looking skin in the morning. The only down side is that you will probably wake up to go the bathroom …
Always remove your make-up
- Let go of you Smartphone – that's a hard one for sure. Stress is a key factor that impact your skin, so allow your skin to fully rest and relax by removing all your electronic devices and create a soothing a calm environment before falling asleep. Research show that in order to get the body fully relaxed before going to sleep we must switch off all screens at least an hour before going to bed (and you thought removing your make-up every night was the hard one…)
- Heal breakouts and pimples – if a nasty pimple appears on your skin during the day there's not much you can do about it. But night time is the perfect time to treat it and try to eliminate it by the next day. Clean your skin, apply acne treatment according to your condition and you'll probably wake up with a much defeated, dried out zit.
- Prefer cotton bed linen - cotton and other natural fabrics (in oppose to synthetic fabrics) allow your skin to breath better, and are less prone to become bacteria growth base. If you prefer sleeping in silk or satin-like-materials that are usually made of synthetic polyester try to keep at least your pillowcases 100% cotton.
- Sleep on your back – did you know that sleeping on your back can help you look less puffy and swollen when you wake up? Amazingly enough, sleeping on your back slows down blood flow to the eyes areas, diminishing under eyes bags and swellings.