You might wrongly believe that you’re off the clock when it comes to your beauty routine while you sleep, but your nap hours actually play an essential role in how you look. According to Dr. Debra Jaliman, a dermatologist and author of Skin Rules hailing from New York, “Beauty sleep is essential for repairing the skin.”
If you want your skin and hair to look younger and healthier throughout the day, it’s time to religiously follow these nighttime rituals.
Wrap your hair up
It’s a great idea to keep your hair away from your face while you’re catching up on the zzz’s. This is because natural oils present in the hair can wreak havoc on your complexion if they’re let loose throughout the night.
However, make sure you do not pull your strands into a super tight ponytail or bun because that can lead to hair breakage and hair fall. The safest bet is to wrap your hair in a silk sleep to keep your most recent blowout intact. After all, you gorgeous tresses deserve some luxury & care.
Sleep on a silk pillowcase
Not only will a silk pillowcase soften the sleep lines and wrinkles on your face, but it will also prevent you from waking up with bedhead resembling a bird’s nest. This is because the smooth, tight weave of silk keeps moisture close to your skin and reduces the friction between your skin (or hair) and pillowcase as you toss and turn in your sleep.
Furthermore, silk comes enriched with the goodness of natural protein and a host of amino acids. Recent research on proteins and amino acids prove that they can relax your nervous system and make your facial lines and wrinkles appear smoother and less visible.
Go to bed with a clean face
This is one beauty advice that we’ve heard over and over again. As you catch up on your beauty sleep, epidermal cell turnover takes place, during which new skin cells are pushed up to the surface and old cells on the surface begin to wither away.
According to a study, we naturally shed around 50 million skin cells every day. However, sleeping with makeup on can trap dead skin cells, inhibiting them from shedding off and leaving you with a dull complexion. Furthermore, sleeping with makeup also clogs your pores, thus causing your skin to breakout.
Invest in a silk sleep mask
Silk sleep mask is the little luxury we all deserve. While blocking out all the unwanted light for you, this beauty sleep essential protects the delicate skin around your eyes and helps your skin absorb the eye serum better. Its 18 essential amino acids restore your skin’s suppleness and enhance the skin’s hydration levels to fight moisture loss and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles. Sounds like a dream, right?
Sleep on your back
When it comes to wrinkles, sleeping on your stomach is the worst choice you can ever make. In contrast, sleeping on your back can help prevent breakouts even before they even begin to develop.
This is because repetitive pressure on the skin, leading to creasing, can eventually cause fine lines and breakouts. This is truer if you have a sensitive skin. If sleeping flat on your back gives you puffy eyes in the morning, try sleeping with an extra pillow so that fluid doesn’t gather around your eyes.
6. Steer clear of excessively salty foods & alcohol around bedtime
When your alcohol intake is beyond 2-3 glasses a week, your body becomes dehydrated. In order to compensate for the same, it starts accumulating natural fluids around the eyes, among other places, leading to puffy eyes.
Excessively salty foods have the similar effect on your eyes. However, if you keep your indulgences within limit, you can try the same aforesaid extra-pillow trick to help drain fluids away.
With our list of beauty sleep hacks, you’re ready to drift into the dreamland and wake up feeling gorgeous. Which beauty sleep habit are you following first? Let us know in the comments section.