Since when was the last time you had a good night's sleep? Did you know that inadequate sleep can do a number on your skin? It hampers the growth of collagen, disturbs the texture of your skin, and lowers skin hydration levels. Many celebrities attribute their looks to their daily dose of beauty sleep. Though sleep is essential for healthy skin, combining it with a nighttime skincare routine amplifies the positive effects of antioxidants.
Why Is Sleep Important?
Though our minds switch off during sleep, our bodies continue to remain hard at work. When you’re sleeping, your body is recovering and repairing itself. This includes muscle and tissue growth, fighting potential illnesses, and producing collagen to repair damage from exposure to ultraviolet rays.
What Happens When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep?
The National Sleep Foundation recommends between 7-9 hours of sleep every night to avail the most benefits. If you find yourself regularly sleeping less than 7 hours a night, your body is unable to perform several functions that are essential for healthy skin. When we sleep, the concentration of a stress hormone, cortisol, is automatically lowered in our bodies, which allows for collagen to reproduce on the surface of your skin. If we don’t sleep enough, our skin doesn’t get the time it needs to produce the required collagen leading to duller-looking skin, breakouts and dark under-eye circles. Over time, inadequate sleep can also lead to age spots, psoriasis, paler skin, and eczema.
Should I Have a Nighttime Skincare Routine?
Due to the changes happening within the layers of your skin at night, it might seem counterintuitive to apply topical treatments at this time. In reality, sleep is the best time for your skin to absorb products. In addition, the body's hydration rebalances, so your skin is able to recover moisture while excess moisture is removed. Not getting enough sleep results in poor water balance, leading to puffy bags under your eyes and under-eye circles, as well as dryness and more visible wrinkles. Here are four tips to help you get the most out of your nighttime routine, as well as your products.
Wash Your Face Before Bed
Washing your face is always the first step in any skincare routine. For those who wear makeup throughout the day, it is vital to double-cleanse your skin by first removing your makeup with an oil-based cleanser then applying a water-based cleanser (like our EVENPRIME cleansing gel) to remove remaining dirt and grime.
Apply the A, B, C's (Vitamins A, B and C)
Antioxidants are one of the most critical ingredients in any skincare routine. They include Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Resveratrol and Polyphenols. These antioxidants help correct signs of aging, reducing inflammation, brighten skin tone and prevent skin cancer. You should have at least one (or a few) of these ingredients in your skincare routine for their anti-aging and anti-inflammation properties.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Moisturizers are critical in any skincare routine. They perform a host of functions that are key to obtaining healthy, handsome skin. These include preventing wrinkles and itchy skin, protecting your face against drying antioxidants, keeping your complexion bright and sealing in the hydration from previous treatments. To avoid these issues, make sure to apply it every night!
Wash you Pillowcase (or Upgrade to a Better One)
An unwashed pillowcase has several thousand times the bacteria of a toilet seat, and much of it finds its way to our faces as we twist and turn in our sleep. This is why it is imperative that one washes their pillowcases regularly. If you don't regularly change your pillowcase, the buildup of oil, sweat and hair product will usher in gnarly, inflamed skin. Better yet, switching to a softer material like silk or these silver-infused pillowcases from Silvon will reduce the impact of rubbing your face on the pillow.
Make it your resolution to sleep better this year. Put down the phone and catch some ZZZ’s.