Wondering how you can maximise your beauty routine while you sleep to wake up with radiantly smooth, glowing skin every morning? Forget expensive creams, painful facials, and even surgery because it’s completely possible to maintain a beautiful and youthful appearance just by making a few adjustments to your sleeping habits and bedtime routine. Here are 8 simple tips to help you achieve your beauty sleep.
1. Use Silk Bedlinen
Investing in Silk Pillowcases is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Other fabrics cause friction between your skin and the pillow which create those facial lines that people wake up with. If your face becomes indented or wrinkled for hours at a time every night, these eventually become permanent lines and wrinkles. With silk pillowcases, your skin glides over the surface with little to no friction so you can sleep soundly knowing you’ll wake up with smooth skin.
2. Wear Your Hair Up
Your hair naturally accumulates oil and dirt throughout the day, which can gather on your face while you sleep. Wearing your hair up helps to keep it away from the skin on your face. Use a soft hair band such as a scrunchie. Yes, you may feel like a teenager again but it's more gentle on your hair, prevents breakage and that unflattering crease you get in your hair from a tight hair band.
3. Cleanse and Moisturise
This one you’ve almost certainly heard before but it’s important not to skip this step, even when you’re exhausted and it’s tempting to head straight to bed. Remove any make up and the build up of oils with a gentle cleanser and replenish the moisture in your skin with a suitable night cream. This will radically reduce your risk of premature aging by maintaining the moisture in your skin while you sleep.
4. Sleep on Your Back
When you lie on your front or side, you press your face and neck into your pillow. Though it may seem more comfortable, this can lead to premature aging because the pulling on your skin can result in more creases and deepening of wrinkles. When there is too much pulling on your skin, it also loses some of its elasticity. Sleeping on your back is the best way to avoid this and is recommended by health professionals for numerous other reasons.
5. Change Your Pillowcases Regularly
The build up of dirt and bacteria on your pillowcases can clog your pores, so it’s recommended to change your pillowcases about once a week. A clever trick is to buy a spare set of pillowcases each time you purchase bedlinen. This way you can wash your pillowcases regularly yet avoid having to include all the bedlinen. You can also flip your pillowcase over every couple of nights to cut the bacteria levels in half.
6. Avoid Screens
It’s advised to turn off electronics such as tablets, laptops, smartphones and the TV an hour before bed. The blue light delays the release of melatonin and can keep you awake long into the night. If you can’t resist falling asleep with the TV on, put on a program or film you are familiar with, turn away from the TV, turn down the volume and let the noise comfort you to sleep.
7. Get into a Routine
To get the ultimate beauty sleep you deserve, go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. This allows your body to develop a natural sleep cycle. Choose a block of time that works for your lifestyle and remain as consistent as possible, even on the weekends when it’s tempting to stay up late and sleep in. It’s best to aim for 8 hours sleep but a busy life doesn’t always allow for that so don’t beat yourself up, just try and get as close to that as you can.
8. Drink Water
If you can get into the habit of drinking a glass of water before bed and one as soon as you wake up (in addition to what you drink throughout the day) your hydration levels will increase dramatically. With this you will see vast improvements in the quality and colour of your skin as well as your overall well being.
It may not be possible for you to make all of these changes straight away, but pick a few that you can implement relatively easily and get started on your Beauty Sleep routine today. There's no time like the present!