Caring for your skin seems to be more and more difficult with the seemingly endless suggestions for what we should be doing. It seems everyone has a counterpoint to whatever you think you should be doing, and it makes it difficult to know what to trust. Taking care of your skin and offering the quality care it deserves, shouldn’t have to be a back-breaking experience. Here are some simple ways you can take care of your skin before falling asleep each night.
1. Always remember to wash your face before you go to bed.
Wash your face every night before you go to sleep, even if that means you have to mentally put aside 5 minutes of your times. When the habit doesn’t exist, at first even small tasks like this one can seem difficult because you are not used to doing them. Once you do the same thing for a decent amount of time consciously, it will become an unconscious habit in your daily life. Use a decent facial cleanser.
Try to use warm water when washing your face. It will help to open your pores, clear them of dirt, oil, and bacteria that can lead to acne.
2. Try a facial cleansing brush.
Facial cleansing brushes provide a great way to smooth skin, remove dead skin, and unclog pores while preventing breakouts at the same time. Apply your facial cleanser on to your face and then gently massage it in using your facial cleansing brush. It will help you to relax your skin and unclog pores before you go to bed.
Do make sure to clean the brush thoroughly every time you finish using it. Depending on the brush, you may need to replace it every few months. Don’t use it every night; it’s best to use it 2 to 3 times a week. In the initial few days of using the brush you will likely see some breakouts; this is a natural occurrence. Your skin will take up to a week to adjust and then you will notice a brighter and cleaner skin underneath.
3. Rinse again!
The end of the day also means your makeup has been on your face for likely over 8 hours. It can be hard to get rid of all of its residue in just one wash. Have you ever woken up the next day, having cleansed the night before, and still find smudges of makeup on your face? It’s natural, especially with long lasting makeup, that it wouldn’t be gone after just one wash. So do yourself a favour, and wash up a second time before sleeping.
It’s a good idea to moisturize before you go to bed. At night your skin has a chance to renew itself, and you can aid this process by moisturizing. Adding a lotion or cream before bed help to create softer, more hydrated, and younger-looking skin for the morning. Using a good moisturizer or hydrating lotion also helps to seal in moisture. You can also use a more intensive night cream if you have particularly dry skin. A moisturizing, antioxidant-rich lotion can protect your skin from the effects of aging.
5. Have a glass of water
Water is absolutely essential in more ways that one. Your body is composed of about 60% water. And water is important for absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients within the body, and maintaining the body’s temperature. Water even helps to energize your muscles, and takes care of your kidneys.
Maybe because water seems such a basic luxury in our “first-world” societies today, it’s easy to forget why it’s so crucial. Water helps to keep you looking healthy and feeling more energetic. Most people don’t get enough hydration throughout the day, and having a glass of water before you sleep can help you prepare your body for the next day.
Here are a few quick ways to help yourself drink more water:
- Add flavor to your water! If you’re one of those that gets bored easy, flavoured water might be the way to stay hydrated and feel like you’re doing something new with just a glass of water.
- Drink a glass after every bathroom break! It’s an interesting way to make sure you hydrate; just think of it as replacing what you lost.
- Have a sip before every meal. Drinking water before eating can help you with your daily water intake and it can also help you feel fuller.
- Use an app to track your cups. Yeah, there really is an app for every single thing.
Those are only a few of the many ways you can make sure to get some water in before you finish your day. Remember, making little habits like these will benefit your body and skin!
6. Sleep on Your Back
It is healthier to sleep on your back than it is to sleep on your side or stomach. It is also better for your skin, because it keeps your face from touching your pillowcase, which could have bacteria leftover on it. Consistent pressure on the face leads to wrinkles forming over time.
What might not be common knowledge, is that sleeping on your stomach can cause stress on your back too, because it messes with your spine’s position. Do you sleep on a particular side? If you generally sleep on the right side, the right side of your face can essentially develop more wrinkles. If you can help it, try to sleep on your back as often as possible. Sleeping on your back helps your face stay free of fine lines and wrinkles.
To get the most out of your bedtime skincare routine, make sure you cleanse twice, moisturize and hydrate. All of these things, including sleeping on your back, will help you maintain healthier skin!