Putting the "Beauty" Back in Beauty Sleep: How to Sleep for Your Skin

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Can you remember the last time you had a really good night of sleep? If you can’t, that probably explains the dull skin, dark circles, and sagging that glares at you from the mirror in the morning. But life doesn’t have to always be that way — by changing your bedtime routine, you can repair and refresh skin overnight to wake up glowing in the morning.

Get adequate rest

This is the golden rule! Make sure you are sleeping enough. Sleeping too little will cause problems for your skin including a dull appearance and pesky under-eye bags! When you rest, the cells in your skin have time to repair themselves.

Drink a glass of lemon water

Even just a small glass of water will keep your body hydrated during your sleep. Add a little lemon juice to the mix, and you will get a cleansing boost from the detoxifying and purifying effects of the fruit (Detox & Body Cleanse).

Use a silk pillowcase

Sleeping on a silk pillowcase like Fishers Finery 25mm will reduce the friction between it and your face at night that can often be damaging to the skin. It also provides the same benefits to your hair resulting in fewer split ends and more manageable bedhead.

Pairing your silk pillowcase with organic linen bedclothes like FlaxLinens’ duvet cover reduces bacteria and provides a light “massaging” effect This enhances circulation and improves the appearance of your skin all over your body.

Wash your face

Another super important tip is to clean your face regularly. During the day your skin absorbs environmental toxins, dirt, grease from your hands, makeup, you name it. If you want your skin to repair itself overnight you need to allow it to breathe by washing all of this grime off before bed. This gives your skin an opportunity to clear out and repair itself. As a result, you will wake up looking much more refreshed. Washing your face also prevents premature aging (Dermefface FX7).

Take your vitamins

Take a multivitamin before bed to give your body the nutrients that it needs to renew itself — and give your skin a healthy boost in the process. Collagen supplements are all the rage right now for skin care. The science is inconclusive, but they may be able to help stimulate your body to produce more collagen and thereby improve the appearance of your skin.

Get a humidifier

If your room is dry, it can cause your skin to dry out. If you live in a particularly cold area or like your bedroom to be near freezing temperatures at night, consider getting a humidifier for your room. This will add moisture to the air and prevent your skin from drying out. If your skin is dry in general, make sure you use a moisturizer at night.

Use one or all of these tips to get healthier skin literally overnight. The more you take care of your skin now, the better your skin will look in the future as aging progresses. Remember to get enough sleep, create a pre-bedtime routine from these tips, and enjoy your beauty rest!