Sleeping Beauty: A Bedtime Routine For Your Skin

Sleeping Beauty: A Bedtime Routine For Your Skin

We have all heard the term “Beauty Sleep”, but what more can we do in order to ensure our skin stays healthy? An effective routine doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming.There are so many ways to rejuvenate your skin and ensure your face and body stay radiant.

Throughout the day

Drink between 6-8 glasses of water.

Even the best bedtime routine can’t undo a day’s bad habits. Staying hydrated is arguably the single most important element to maintaining healthy skin. Get your hands on a reusable water bottle and drink regularly throughout the day.

Night time

After a long hard day, your skin is likely to be tired and in need of some TLC.Harsh wind, extreme temperatures and central heating wreck havoc on our skin and it’s very common to find that at the end of the day, your face is feeling either irritated and dry or extremely oily - or a mix of both.

Follow these 4 easy steps to keep your skin in tip-top condition:

Remove Makeup

It can be so tempting to fall into bed without taking off your makeup, but it’s one of the worst things you can do for your skin. If you tend to wear long-lasting make-up, it can be quite tricky to completely remove it all before going to bed. Generic make-up wipes are no match for smudge-proof foundation and mascara, so we recommend using a cleansing lotion for make-up removal with warm water and a flannel or muslin cloth. Whereas most cleansing lotions nowadays don’t contain SLS or parabens, they can often contain mild detergents to help lift dirt which can sometimes cause sensitive skin to become irritated. If you have particularly sensitive skin, try massaging a small amount of organic coconut butter directly onto your skin and wiping away with a cloth to remove even the toughest waterproof mascara without causing irritation.

Cleanse & Exfoliate

Even after removing makeup, there can still be trace amounts of makeup residue left on your skin. Double-cleansing using a mild exfoliant will help get your skin truly clean, allowing it to breath and recover while you sleep. A good cleanser designed for your skin type will revitalise your skin at the end of the day and prepare it for the next day. There are a wide range of manual exfoliants to choose from including facial scrubs, exfoliating gloves and natural bristle brushes, however these can be quite harsh and shouldn’t be used every day, only up to twice a week to help get rid of dead skin cells. Peeling cleansers containing natural ingredients such as alpha-hydroxy fruit acids and papaya extract will help to exfoliate the skin more gently and can be used more regularly. When used with a muslin cloth or flannel in gentle circular motions, they can help boost blood circulation to the face whilst providing a deep facial cleanse.

Apply Treatments, Serums & Moisturisers  

A fully cleansed face is a perfect blank canvas for your skin treatments. Using a toner containing ingredients such as rose water and aloe vera can help soothe skin than has been slightly irritated from cleansing. Next, using a rich night serum will allow the ingredients to work their magic overnight. Oil-based anti-aging serums are preferably applied at night as opposed to daytime as the oils absorb into the skin overnight meaning skin won’t feel greasy in the morning. Bedtime is also the ideal moment to apply spot treatments for acne or breakouts. If you choose to, a rich night cream can then add an extra level of hydration and reparative care to tired skin.

Plenty of Sleep

According to the Sleep Foundation, the recommended length of time to sleep for an adult is 6 - 10 hours. A sufficient amount of sleep per night is not just important in maintaining and improving your general health and well being, but also your skin and complexion. Being well rested allows not only your body to recover and repair itself, but it also allows your brain to repair damage caused from stress, which can help prevent breakouts and premature aging.

Do you struggle getting enough sleep? Try making rest your priority for a few days to see how it helps. Set yourself a bedtime alarm, and try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day so that you're working WITH your circadian rhythm, not against it.

Your bedroom

There are a few things you can do to optimise your sleep even further. Here's a few things to think about:

  • How often do you wash your bed sheets?

It's recommended that bedsheets get washed once a week at a minimum to avoid the cumulation of bacteria. If you suffer with acne-prone skin, you should be washing your pillowcases every day to give your skin the best chance repairing itself.

  • What distractions do you have around you?

Do you keep your phone right next to your bed? Is there a TV in your room for late-night Netflix marathons? Do your pets wake you up in the middle of the night by jumping on the bed? Consider reducing the amount of distractions in your bedroom to help you doze off into a restful sleep.

  • Is your bedroom a calm, comfortable place?

There are many little things you can do to help make your bedroom a safe haven for relaxation and repose. Firstly, take some time to tidy up. If there's clutter all around you, your mind will struggle to de-stress and unwind.

Then, consider your bedsheets and other soft furnishings. Invest in something a little more luxurious than the cheapest synthetic fabrics and you'll feel the difference immediately.We’d recommend using a silk or satin pillowcase to help protect your skin and hair whilst sleeping. Silk and satin pillowcases help reduce friction when moving around at night, and prevent your products from absorbing into the fabric. A satin pillowcase not only feels amazing but can allow your moisturisers and serums to keep working their magic all through the night. Try it and wake up to smoother skin and untangled hair!

Last but not least, don't underestimate the power of smell! Buy some scented candles, set up an essential oil diffuser before bed, or make your own pillow spray using relaxing fragrances such as lavender and chamomile. You'll be asleep and dreaming in no time!

 


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