Only a few simple stand between you and better beauty sleep. While taking action may take a couple extra minutes a day, your skin and hair will thank you as improved rest helps rejuvenate and restore your beauty from the inside out.
Restorative beauty sleep naturally improves the skin’s appearance, and evenings are also considered the optimum time for applying face creams and hair masks. The body rejuvenates itself on a cellular level during rest, with some hormones such as human growth hormone reaching their peak. Skin temperatures may rise and the ability to leave products on for several hours will allow them to penetrate the skin. Also, beauty sleep isn’t just for women – men benefit from a regular regimen, too.
Steps for Better Beauty Sleep
So what can you do to create the best experience? Some of the following steps you may already know but overlook when life gets hectic. The following guide and beauty sleep don’ts should help you on your way.
- Remove all makeup from your face, neck and décolletage. No exceptions! Keep all-in-one makeup wipes on your bedside table so there’s no excuse.
- This is the best time to work on problem areas including both dry skin and oily skin problems. After gently removing makeup use a gentle exfoliator, toner and mask formulated for your skin type.
- A warm bath may help you relax and feel sleepy, allowing you to quickly nod off afterwards. Apply a face mask to your face and let the steam work its magic to help it penetrate.
- If you worked out or got sweaty during the day, a quick shower will likely help you feel more comfortable and prevent skin irritations.
- Finish your face routine off with a good eye cream and a face cream or night repairing serum. Skip products with SPF, as you don’t need the protection at night and this can clog pores.
- Moisturize hands, feet, and body. Nighttime is best time to apply good body lotions and hand creams. Pedicure socks help moisturize your feet while you sleep without making a mess.
- Many types of leave-on hair conditioners and mask are available (or can be made) that absorb while you rest. Use a cap to prevent messes.
Improve Your Bedroom
- Some scents are considered beneficial for inducing sleepiness like lavender. You can spritz these, diluted, on linens, or apply to pulse points. Make sure they don’t create problems with allergies before using in the bedroom.
- If your air is dry, a small humidifier helps to protect skin and hair from becoming dry or brittle.
- Satin pillowcases are often recommended by beauticians as they help protect hair follicles from breakage, and help prevent pillow wrinkles on your face..
- Make your bedroom a personal haven with a high quality supportive natural bedding. Organic cotton, bamboo and silk sheets are all conducive to peaceful beauty sleep.
- Keep lights low near bedtime. Candles and small lamps can be used to create a warm, glowing atmosphere. Harsh lighting and TVs create conditions counterproductive to rest. If your partner has a different schedule, try a gentle eye mask.
Read also: 5 Ways to Make Your Bedroom More Relaxing
Practice Good Sleep Routine
- Try to create a schedule which allows you to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day. Aim for at least 7-8 hours of rest nightly.
- Sleep on your back to reduce wrinkles. Side and stomach sleepers often notice premature lines where their face scrunches on the pillow. They may go away during the day, but over time may become more pronounced.
- Timing is important. Plan to spend a few minutes winding down every evening before trying to sleep. Brush your teeth, wash your face, moisturize, and perhaps read a few pages, write in a journal or meditate to allow the day’s stresses to fade.
- Eat at least a couple of hours before going to bed, especially if you suffer from indigestion. Also avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol for a few hours before going to bed.
- Try to do exercises before mid-afternoon if possible.
- Get exposure to natural daylight as this helps regulate your circadian rhythm and other body processes.
- Take a multivitamin daily to help replace vitamins and minerals that may not be replenished from food. Vitamin deficiencies (like D, magnesium, and the B’s) can play a big role poor sleep.
Read also: How to Calculate Your Ideal Sleeping Time
A Few Beauty Sleep Don’ts
- Don’t allow the day’s stresses to intrude on your beauty sleep. Deal with them early in the evening and try to avoid thinking about them before bed.
- Journaling, yoga, talking to a loved one, or meditating are all good ways to manage stress.
- Don’t watch tv or do work in bed if you have difficulty falling asleep. The lights and stimulation emitted by laptops and television can actually interfere with your sleep cycle and make it difficult to fall asleep.The same goes to other electronic gadgets, but of course there are exemptions to this rule.
- Don’t neglect washing and changing the sheets. Dust mites are one of the leading causes of allergies, washing sheets often in hot water will keep them at a minimum. Plus, dirty sheets and pillowcases can contribute to skin irritations and blemishes.
- If you find you are having difficulty sleeping or are waking up stiff and sore you may want to consider a new mattress and pillow. If you toss and turn often or your mattress is more than 7 years old it may not provide optimal support.
Tranquility, calmness, and cleanliness represent the basis of a good, restorative beauty sleep regimen. Luxurious comfort can be created with very little effort or cost, with organic bedding, high quality pillows and a natural latex mattress or memory foam mattress. Practicing good skin care and sleep habits help maximize the benefits of shut eye and ensure you look your best each day. After these steps, sinking into a welcoming bed allows you to let the worries of the day ebb away while blissful dreams immerse you and sleep renews your body.
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