Sleep is a MAJOR key when it comes to having healthy-looking skin. But if you are committing these 5 bedtime skin sins, you could be doing more damage than good!
Sleep Habit #1: Not Removing Makeup Before Bed
After a late night, we know how hard it is to remember to run to the bathroom to take off your makeup. But you might want to make an effort. Turns out, not washing it off could cause some irreversible — I repeat, irreversible — damage to your skin.
Sleeping in makeup can be detrimental to your skin. This is especially true because the skin repairs itself at night while you sleep, so makeup can clog your pores and not allow the skin to breathe. It can cause uneven skin tone, dryness, redness, acne, and even deepening of wrinkles.
If you wear makeup, the first step is to use a quality make-up remover to remove makeup. This will ensure that all makeup will be removed when you wash your face. Using an alcohol-free toner (try Flawless Facial Apple, Honey, and Green Tea Face Toner) will help restore the pH of the skin and remove any remaining oils and makeup. One can moisten a cotton ball and gently pat the toner over the face and neck.
Sleep Habit #2: Not Choosing The Right Pillowcase
Beauties switch to silk pillowcases! Your facial skin can be tugged and pulled, depending on the position you sleep in and how much you move around in your sleep. Silk pillowcases don’t pull on your skin (and they're great for your hair too!)
Sleep Habit #3: Lying Awake In Bed, Stressing Out In Bed About Work or Life
Are you stressed?
There are many reasons why stress can exacerbate skin conditions and acne. Stress forces your body into “panic mode” on every level as it focuses solely on calming you down, slowing your heart rate and pumping blood to your heart, instead of repairing your skin cells, reducing inflammation and keeping levels of youthful collagen high — all the things it needs to do to reduce acne and stop signs of ageing appearing prematurely.
How to de-stress?
I recommend taking a warm bath filled with Epsom salts and lined with candles. Or just switch off your phone at a certain time every night to give your mind some down time. If you love the idea of treating your senses, find a local outdoor pool and go for a swim or book yourself in for a massage and physically soothe your body to calm your mind.
Sleep Habit #4: Eating Sugary or Fried Snacks Before Bed
If you have adult acne or the bumpy kind of rosacea, sugar is one of the first things I’d tell you to cut out. But it’s not the sugar that’s triggering inflammation; all carbohydrates, from a cookie to a grape, do this. After a couple of weeks of a low-carb, low-sugar diet, your skin should be significantly clearer. Sugar may have some specific effects: High quantities enact a grim process called glycation, in which sugar molecules attach to collagen, leading to stiffening, cracks, and wrinkles over time. So, keep your intake of sweets to moderate amounts, and use skin products that repair collagen. (Try Melan-In Skin Nourishing Serum+ SPF)
Sleep Habit #5: Not Getting Enough Zzz’s
While you're sleeping, the body's hydration rebalances. Skin can recover moisture, while excess water in general in the body is processed for removal.
Founder & CEO, The Butter Bar Skincare