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5 Steps to Better Beauty Sleep

Try these tips for a more beautiful night's rest:

  1. Start a positive bedtime ritual. "Visualize beautiful, healthy skin as you fall asleep and your body will go in that direction," Day says.
  2. 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.
  3. Become a back sleeper. Stomach sleeping presses your face into the pillow, creating a meshwork of fine lines and creases when you wake up.
  4. Put a soft cover on your pillow. A pillowcase with a high thread count is kinder to your skin.
  5. 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:  

Cleanse

  • Dry or sensitive skin: Use a mild cleanser.
  • Oily skin: Use an exfoliating cleanser.

Anti-age

  • 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.

Moisturize

  • Dry or sensitive skin: Use a gentle but rich moisturizing cream.
  • Oily skin: Use a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer.

 

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