Our skin is exposed to dust, harsh UV sunrays, various chemicals, air pollution, and environmental conditions on a daily basis. Over time, this can cause various damage to the skin, and signs of premature aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and a dull complexion. But if you want to avoid damaging your skin, and to postpone the appearance of aging signs, you should take good care of both, your hair and skin during the night.
The skin is repairing itself while you sleep, but a proper skin care during night will further help it become healthier by making it glow, improving its tone, reducing blemishes, and rejuvenating and hydrating it.
Do the following ten beauty habits every night before going to bed!
1. Remove Your Makeup
Regardless if you’re too tired or have a very busy schedule, you must find time to remove your makeup prior to going to bed. In this way you will keep the young look of your skin. While sleeping at night, the skin pores open up and the skin repairs itself. But, if you have a layer of makeup on the face such as foundation, mascara, lipstick, eye shadow, or highlighter, your pores get clogged, and you will end up with uneven skin tone, spots, and acne. Remove the makeup with a facial cleanser, makeup remover, or cold cream.
2. Use a Toner
You should tone your face using a toner every night before bedtime. In this way, you will restore the natural pH levels of your skin, improving its resistance to microorganisms and bacteria. It also cleans the skin of impurities, pollution, and dust. This is especially beneficial for oily skin prone to acne.
Although there are various skin toners on the market for different types of skin, the natural one of pure rose water is the best one as it possesses clarifying, hydrating, and energizing properties. Pour a bit toner to a cotton pad and wipe it over your neck and face. Allow your skin to dry naturally. Always choose an alcohol-free formula.
3. Apply Hand Cream
If you take good care of your hands at night, you will have soft and smooth hands throughout the day. First, wash your hands with mild soap and warm water, pat dry them with a clean towel, and then you can apply the hand cream. To keep the moisture on your hands during the night, use a plain, thick, and little greasy hand cream. This simple treatment will make your hands and fingernails look healthy in the morning. What’s more, it will preserve the good shape of your cuticles, and prevent appearance of premature signs of aging such as wrinkles or sagging skin.
4. Brush Your Teeth
After having your dinner, brush and floss your teeth prior to bedtime. In this way, you will help your mouth stay free from infections, cavities, and germs. Also, you will avoid bad breath in the morning.
Before going to bed, brush your teeth’s outer and inner surfaces for around two minutes with a fluoride-free toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush. Then, rinse your mouth with warm water. This will help you enjoy a beautiful smile during the entire day. Don’t brush your teeth right after having a meal, but allow to pass half an hour, particularly if you have an acidic meal. If your brush the teeth immediately after eating, you might push the acid deeper in the dentin.
5. Use Eye Cream
The first area on your skin that shows signs of aging is the area around your eyes. That’s why it’s important to take proper care of this skin area. Every night before going to bed, remove your eye makeup, and apply some eye cream. The use of eye cream will help hydrate, moisturize, reduce, and de-puff dark circles, reducing the wrinkle appearance, and temporarily tightening the area below your eyes.
Choose a lightweight eye cream that contains peptides, caffeine, brighteners, and antioxidants. Begin applying the eye cream from the inner eye corners and continue towards the outer corners with gentle massages.
6. Apply Petroleum Jelly on Your Feet
You mustn’t ignore your feet in the nightly beauty regimen, as they are reflection of one’s personality and health. Wash your feet with warm water, and pat them dry. Massage them with foot cream or petroleum jelly, focusing on the rough and dry parts to soften them and to prevent cracked heels. Put on socks and go to bed. Regular 5-minute foot massages with circular motions before bedtime, will help you relax and have a better sleep-quality.
7. Pin Up Your Hair
Sleeping with a tied up hair is always a better option, as it is beneficial not only for your hair, but also for your face. Pin your hair up in a bun, or braid it before going to bed to avoid tangles and knots in the morning. This will prevent your hair touching your face while sleeping, and this is important if you have in mind that hair contains dirt and oils that can cause acne breakouts and pimples.
8. Switch to Silk Pillowcases
Your hair and skin will greatly benefit if you sleep on a silk bed sheets and silk pillowcase. The 18 essential amino acids and many natural proteins in the silk will keep the beautiful and young appearance of your skin. What’s more, you will no longer have a ‘sleep line’ or a ‘sleep-crease’ that appears when you sleep on a cotton pillowcase.
Your hair can also benefit from the silky, smooth silk. Your hair will slide smoothly so you will prevent its damaging. A cotton pillowcase causes hair to knot, bunch, and become unruly.
9. Turn on a Humidifier
If you turn on a humidifier during night, especially in the winter, it will add moisture to the air in your bedroom. This simple practice will soothe your itchy, dry, and cracked skin. A humidifier can easily treat symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, and other skin condition which are aggravated by low humidity levels. Therefore, sleep with a humidifier to support beautiful skin.
10. Get Your Beauty Sleep
You need your beauty sleep at night after having a busy day at work. Your look during the day can be greatly affected by the duration and nature of your night sleep. Cells repair and grow when you sleep, which is why sleep is regarded as a rejuvenating treatment. You need 7-8 hours of good sleep to keep your young look and to prevent appearance of aging signs like fine lines, wrinkles, dull complexion, and dark circles.
If you want to have a high-quality sleep, you should keep a regular bedtime, keep your phone in another room, switch of the TV, avoid coffee before going to bed, and take a warm shower or bath in the evening.
If you include these beauty habits before you go to bed, you will wake up with a beautiful and radiant skin and hair.