Sleep is arguably nature’s best invention. It’s when most of the magic happens. When we sleep. When we sleep, our body repairs itself. During sleep, blood flow increases and the skin rebuilds its collagen and repairs damages from radicals such as sun damage and pollution, reducing wrinkles and fading hyperpigmentation. While the body is capable of doing these things on its own, there are still many other ways to restore and improve skin while you sleep. They don’t call it Beauty Sleep for nothing.
Sleep for At Least Eight Hours
The proper amount of sleep is important and needed for all the body systems and their functioning. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep per night for most adults. Getting less than that amount of sleep is very detrimental to the skin. Little to no sleep play a major role in the formation of wrinkles, undereye circles, eye bags, sagging skin. Not getting enough sleep also increases stress hormones which can trigger skin problems like acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Wash Your Face
You won’t believe how many adults go to bed without washing their faces. I’m not trying to shame or anything but a good number of people are guilty of this. You cannot have good skin if you go to bed without washing yourself. Or your face. Exhaustion is no excuse for unsanitary habits. Tale a few minutes before bed to oil-cleanse in order to remove makeup and finish off with a water based cleanser. Most makeup are pore-clogging and should only be worn for a few hours. Even if you didn’t wear any makeup for the day, your skin comes in contact with dirt, grime and all sorts of pollution. You may be too tired to do this but believe me, your skin will thank you for it.
Around 2 years ago, I swore to never go to bed without doing my skincare routine and I’m proud to say I’ve mostly kept to it. It was challenging at first but it’s now second nature. I could fall asleep one hour before bedtime but will always magically wake up to do the full routine before I drift off. Don’t let “full skin routine” scare you off though, it’s mainly
- Oil Cleansing to remove makeup or sunscreen
- Water based cleanser
- Hydrating Toner
- Antioxidant Serum
- Rich Moisturizer
- An Occlusive to seal it all in.
However, on the days I feel too tired to do all these, I simply cleanse and moisturize. At the very least, you should cleanse and moisturize. Bonus points if your moisturizer contains antioxidants to help repair your skin while you sleep.
Retinoids and sunscreen are the only topical products that have been proven to prevent ageing. Retinoids have a slight edge over sunscreen because while they reverse and prevent, sunscreen only prevents. Retinoids should be used at night because they are light-sensitive and degrade when exposed to UV rays. Retinoids smoothes out uneven texture and stimulates collagen production. You also don’t have to wait till your 30s or 40s to incorporate retinoids in your routine and that’s why it’s one of the sure ways to restore and improve the skin while you sleep.
Sleep on Your Back
Our sleep position while wildly overlooked matters a lot to the skin. Sleeping with the head on rough cotton surfaces not only irritates the skin but results in wrinkles. Some of the wrinkles on the face and chest occur as a result of sleeping on our faces and sides. This can be prevented by sleeping on our backs. You can also prop your body up with pillows to avoid rolling over while you sleep.
Invest in Quality Silk Pillowcases
Because rolling over in our sleep is almost inevitable, silk pillowcases have come to the rescue. Satin or silk pillowcases helps to minimize skin irritation and compression. They also help to reduce crow’s feet and fine lines. Silk pillowcases should be a daily night companion for anyone who desires flawless skin.