A Guide to Prepping Your Skin For a Night of Beauty Sleep

We all know just how refreshed we feel after a good, long sleep. Getting enough hours of rest is essential for optimal health, cognitive functioning and positive wellbeing. But how much effect does sleep have on your skin?

Turns out – quite a bit. There’s more skin-based science behind a good bedtime routine than you may have realised. From washing your face to creating the right sleep environment, there are plenty of ways to help your skin rejuvenate overnight. And as our faces are the part of us most exposed to the world, we naturally want them to look their best. 

Here are my top tips for preparing your face for a night of beauty sleep, to ensure you’re maximizing the benefits of your Zs.

Wash Your Face

It may sound obvious, but a nationwide poll has discovered that over half of American men and women frequently fail to wash their faces before bed. This can lead to dermatitis, breakouts and dull, dry skin – as well as premature ageing and a higher risk of skin infections. If your face is covered in oil, dirt, dust and grime from the day when you hit the pillow, you’re not giving your skin the best chance of being able to repair itself overnight.

Be sure to use a good face wash twice a day, to ensure you reap all the skin healing benefits from your sleep. Missing a singular night here or there isn’t going to have a massive impact, but being strict about your routine is a great way to incorporate washing your face before bed as a healthy habit, that enables you to sleep better and wake up feeling fresh. 

Moisturize

We tend to put a lot of stress on our faces throughout the day. Frequently touching our faces, wearing make-up and being exposed to the outdoors can all take their toll on our skin. Wind, sun, oil and cosmetics can dry out these surface layers and make it harder for our body to renew them overnight.

Moisturizing protects your skin’s natural barrier, and helps to keep the surface layers soft whilst nourishing the deeper layers of our skin cells. It helps to reduce the negative impact of our daily lives on our facial skin. Using a good moisturizer will also help to reduce the risk of skin problems developing on your face.

I love using it! Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Pores glycolic acid serum every other night to keep my pores clean. I alternate it with Eucerin Skin Balance Night Crème.

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking water has a great impact on your skin, and it’s something to bear in mind not only before bed but throughout the day too. Water helps balance the pH levels in your body, which is important for your skin cells to function properly and will reduce the development of fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps maintain skin elasticity – research shows those who drink more water show less signs of ageing

Getting at least your recommended 6-8 cups per day will not only flush toxins from your body, but leave your skin feeling tighter and looking younger. Being well hydrated allows your skin to repair itself more efficiently, so you’re likely to experience less breakouts too.

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Create a Healthy Sleep Space

Whatever you need to sleep well varies from person to person. Some like a fan or other background noise, others prefer silence. But making the effort to make your bedroom into a welcoming and relaxing place, that is clean, fresh and uncluttered will make a great difference to the quality of your sleep.

From dark circles to puffy eyes, sleeping for less than 7 hours each night can be detrimental to the health and quality of our skin. It’s during deep REM sleep that blood flow is boosted to your skin and your body begins the task of repairing and replenishing your skin cells. Lack of sleep leads to some often noticeable changes in the skin on our faces, as it is thinner and so the consequences of missing this important healing period shine through.

De-Stress

Being stressed raises the cortisol levels within the body. Cortisol is a stress hormone, triggered to prepare you to react to danger. But if you are frequently feeling overworked, tired and stressed out, these chemicals can linger in your body and affect your sleep. Lack of sleep itself further spikes cortisol levels, so it can become a vicious cycle.

Cortisol creates an inflammation response throughout the body, which breaks down the proteins that keep your skin healthy, glowing and plump. This can lead to breakouts and dull dry skin on our faces.

To combat this, make sure to take some time before bed to unwind. Whether you like to meditate, journal, take a bath or read, having a little ‘you’ time will help to relax your body and prepare you for a good quality sleep. It’s also important to avoid screens for at least an hour before bed, as the blue light they emit can make it harder to fall, and stay asleep.

Find a Routine That Suits You

Ultimately, you should create a routine that suits your needs and your lifestyle. A good routine is one you can stick to every day, and it can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Most people don’t need hundreds of different lotions and potions to maintain their skin quality, as drinking enough water and adopting a simple cleansing and moisturising routine is enough.

Hi! I'm Alexandra

I am an entrepreneur, author, and mom of 3 from Memphis, Tennessee. I fill my days pursuing the dream of being my own boss as a full time influencer and sensory marketing specialist while spending my evenings playing superheros, helping with homework, making dinner, and tucking in my littles.

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