5 Steps to Better Beauty Sleep
Try these tips for a more beautiful night's rest:
- Start a positive bedtime ritual. "Visualize beautiful, healthy skin as you fall asleep and your body will go in that direction," Day says.
- Get into a sleep habit. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. "That rhythm is good for your skin," Day says.
- Become a back sleeper. Stomach sleeping presses your face into the pillow, creating a meshwork of fine lines and creases when you wake up.
- Put a soft cover on your pillow. A pillowcase with a high thread count is kinder to your skin.
- Go white for your sheets. Dyes on your sheets and pillowcase can irritate sensitive skin.
Just like diet and exercise, sleep deserves your respect. "You want to look at sleep as a source of fuel and energy and health, and not just look at it as something you have to do," Day says.
Before-Bed Beauty Regimen
Don't just throw on your pajamas at night and hop into bed. "Everyone should follow a beauty regimen," says Badreshia-Bansal.
Your nighttime skin care routine should look something like this, according to Badreshia-Bansal:
- Dry or sensitive skin: Use a mild cleanser.
- Oily skin: Use an exfoliating cleanser.
- Depending on your age and skin, you can apply an over-the-counter or prescription retinoid cream to help smooth out uneven skin tone and reduce fine lines while you sleep.
- Dry or sensitive skin: Use a gentle but rich moisturizing cream.
- Oily skin: Use a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer.