When it comes to good skincare, paying attention to your nighttime routine is as important as prioritizing your morning skincare regimen.
For glowing skin, there are quite a few bedtime habits you should banish from your routine – here are the 14 biggest ones to avoid:
1. Sleeping with makeup on
When left on for long hours, makeup can start to clog the pores leading to blackheads and Whitehead – especially when combined with debris and oil that builds up during the day.
Additionally, sleeping with eye makeup on, such as mascara, may cause eye irritation and inflammation. Not only does removing makeup avoid these issues but it also allows you to apply your nighttime skincare products to a fresh clean face.
You should remove makeup with a gentle cleanser such as micellar water before going to bed. If you prefer makeup remover wipes, make sure to wipe gently as it's easy to accidentally apply too much pressure.
2. Skipping sleep
Pulling an all-night might help you cram before a big exam or presentation, but it's not doing your skin any favours. It's during deep sleep that our skin undergoes natural self-repair. If you continually strip that time away, you could be left with tired and dull skin, more pronounced under-eye bags and circles, as well as more noticeable signs of skin aging.
3. Sleeping with your hair down
If you style your hair, we recommend keeping it out of your face with a silk scarf. Pore-clogging ingredients in hair products, as well as hair's natural oils, can transfer to your face while sleeping, leading to breakouts.
4. Sleeping on your side or stomach
Scientific evidence suggests that putting pressure on your face while sleeping can lead to wrinkle formation and loss of skin elasticity over time. The more force is applied against your skin the higher risk of microtears and collagen and elastin fiber break down. Both skincare specialists suggest that it's best to sleep on your back. Even in general, avoid putting too much pressure on the face as much as possible.
5. Not choosing the right bedding material
Synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester are rough in the skin and not breathable. Scientists recommend switching to silk or satin sheets and pillowcases. Silk and satin bedding allow the skin to glide smoothly over them, meaning less friction and less resistance against the skin. This, in turn, reduces breakouts and minimizes the risk of collagen and elastic fiber micro-tears which can weaken skin over time leading to wrinkles, and skin breakdown.
Organic bamboo sheets and pillowcases are also a good option if you've acne-prone skin as they are very breathable, gentle on the skin, and naturally antimicrobial.
6. Not washing your face
The number one skin sin is simply going to be without giving your face a good wash.
Even if you do not wear makeup you should wash your face nightly. Your skin is going through a repairing and rebuilding phase during the nighttime and debris such as dust, smoke, and skincare products can clog your pores leading to worsening acne.
7. Taking too long, hot shower
Keeping your shower water too hot can be dehydrating to the skin. Instead, keep the shower temperature on the cooler side, and be sure to slather on lotion afterward.
8. Eating chips before bedtime
The extra salt from your favourite bedtime snack can lead to excess fluid pooling – especially around the eyes. And that means puffiness in the morning. The antidote – a healthier snack, like fruit or vegetables.
9. Scrubbing the face to become fair
Many people scrub their faces daily to become fairer. The belief that rubbing and excessively scrubbing will make the skin fair is a myth. Instead, it becomes darker by these methods.
10. Cleansing your face only once
A regular cleanser can't always rid your skin of all the makeup and dirt that has accumulated throughout the day. Try double-cleansing, starting with an oil-based cleanser or a makeup-dissolving cleansing balm. The oils in both these formulas gently dissolve foundation, mascara, dirt, and oil, preparing the skin for your everyday cleanser.
11. Keeping the room too warm
A cozy bedroom could be bad for your skin health – and your sleep quality. Studies show that the body rests better at lower temperatures. Keep your room temperatures cool in the evening – don't you get the best sleep on a cool fall night?
12. Sleeping in a cold room
As you don't want your room too hot, you also don't want your room to be too cold. Put the air conditioner on blast and the cold air will end up drying out your skin. Cold air sucks out your skin moisture, so make sure your thermostat is set to a comfortable temperature.
13. Not changing your pillowcases regularly
Sleeping on the same pillowcase night after night could expose your skin to some unpleasant stuff, such as bacteria, sloughed-off skin, and sweat. Dermatologists recommend changing your pillowcase at least weekly – more often if you're acne-prone.
Changing your pillowcase is one of the ways dermatologists wake up with younger-looking skin.
14. Choosing the wrong anti-aging cream
The majority of anti-aging creams are still based on moisturizers such as mineral oil. Wrinkles look worse when they are dry, so any kind of moisturizer helps, but many only improve things temporarily and don't address the root cause of the wrinkles, such as collagen loss, free radical damage, sun damage, and environmental factors. Unless there is an actual 'active ingredient ' such as retinol, the benefit is just moisture and nothing else.
Taking great care of your skin during the day with things like moisturizer and sunscreen is important, but what you do before hitting the hay (your nighttime skincare routine) is equally significant.
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