Supporting skin health is a 24/7 endeavor. All of the good things you do for your skin during the day, from using SPF, eating healthy and drinking water could be completely negated if you are doing any of these things at night:
Not taking your make-up off
One night when you are too exhausted to cleanse your face won’t ruin your skin, but sleeping in your make-up can’t be a habit. Leaving makeup on overnight clogs pores and oil glands, which make pores appear larger. Once your collagen levels decline, the pore won’t snap back as easily once it has been enlarged.
Sleeping With Your Hair Out At Night
Pore-clogging ingredients in hair products, as well as your hair’s natural oils, can transfer to your face while sleeping, leading to breakouts. Pull all of your hair off your face and clip your bangs back before bed.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is vital to your skin’s health. When the skin is getting less than optimum rest, it becomes dull and pale with under-eye circles. You need at least seven to eight hours each night to allow your skin ample time to recover, heal, and rejuvenate.
Drinking Before Bed
Having a glass of wine may seem like a good idea, but studies show that alcohol can lead to disturbed sleep. Disturbed sleep is bad news for your skin, which needs uninterrupted sleep cycles to rest and recover from the day.
Talking on the phone Before Bed
Phones are notorious for dirt and bacteria. Talking on the phone before bed could mean transferring bacteria from your phone onto your freshly-cleansed face while you’re chatting it up. Keep phone-time before bed to a minimum and use speakerphone.
Sleeping on a Cotton Pillowcase or on your Stomach
Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase and sleeping on your stomach can wreak havoc on your skin. Persistently pressing your face into a pillowcase causes trauma to the skin. Over time, this trauma aggravated by the friction of cotton can cause permanent creases as our collagen breaks down. Try sleeping on your back and switch to satin or silk pillowcase to minimize permanent creases, wrinkles and complexion issues.
Cranking Up the Heat
High temps can dry out your skin and leave you with dull, thirsty skin in the a.m. Keep the thermostat turned down and use another blanket. Add extra moisture to the air with a humidifier.
Taking Long, Hot Showers at the end of the day
It may be your way to relax, but long hot showers are drying out your skin. Limiting your shower to five minutes or less and turning down the heat will help and ensure you use a moisturizer right after your dry off, or a rinse-off in-shower lotion.
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