6 Bedtime Hacks That Make You Wake Up Gorgeous

6 Ways to Maximize Your Beauty Sleep for Better Skin

HealthLine.com – It turns out there’s quite a bit of research and science behind the concept of beauty rest.

Sleep is when some of the most important internal — and epidermal — recovery takes place!

How sleep affects your skin

Research says that one night of poor sleep can cause:

  • hanging eyelids
  • swollen eyes
  • darker undereye circles
  • paler skin
  • more wrinkles and fine lines
  • more droopy corners of the mouth

First and foremost, you should understand that sleep is the time when your body repairs itself. During sleep, your skin’s blood flow increases, and the organ rebuilds its collagen and repairs damage from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles and age spots.

Second, sleep is a time when your face inevitably comes into contact with the elements directly around it for a long time, especially if you’re getting the recommended seven to nine hours each night.

Here’s what you can do to help give your skin a rest.

1. Get a full night of sleep

The best place to start for your skin — and for your overall health — is to get the recommended amount of rest each night.

2. Wash your face before turning in

Cleansing your face each night is arguably more important than in the morning. A gentle cleanser to remove dirt, makeup, and extra oil will do.

3. Use an overnight moisturizer and put a glass of water on your bedside table

Washing your face can dry it out and sleeping can also dehydrate skin. While staying hydrated by drinking water can help to some extent, what your skin really needs at night is a topical moisturizer.

Again, you don’t need the fanciest product on the market. You just need a thicker cream or oil that can help your skin as you sleep. Read more.