Taking care of your skin involves ensuring you’re using various tips and tricks to help augment your skin’s natural abilities. After all, human skin was taking care of itself long before humans figured out the concept of skincare. We do have to admit that skincare made things a great deal easier. There are seemingly endless suggestions on how to properly take care of your skin available. Some of them are core ideas that almost everyone knows and shares while others focus on providing minor variations on already know tricks that help us to focus known skincare principles in such a way that the provide the most benefit for a given skin type. As frustrating as it is to figure out what works for you, there’s no denying that it helps to ensure your skin’s health over the years. Getting a good night’s rest is crucial to helping you take care of your skin because your skin and body use that time to heal. This is a foundational principle for good skincare. It takes a little bit more know-how to make the most of that principle though. We’re here to help with that.
Getting Some Shut-Eye
To actually make the most of helping your skin heal while you sleep, you need to actually get to sleep in the first place. That’s sadly the most difficult part for the majority of us. There seem to be no end of things that work against the goal of getting enough sleep these days. We have to make the effort to create an environment that supports and nurtures this ability if we want to keep our skin health. Your first steps in this direction should likely be looking into getting a sleeping mask and earplugs…providing you can stand the sensation. These will help shut out light and sound to help you sleep deeply throughout the night and rise at a healthy waking hour. Try to spend the last hour or so before bed doing something calming as well. Reading or a similar activity can help calm your brain and make you better able to sleep. Don’t forget to turn the lights a little lower to help stimulate your body’s natural sleep cycle. Lastly, make sure to turn off all alerts and electronic devices that might wake you from sleep prematurely. Getting that sleep is a bit more important than getting an e-mail from your friend from college at 4 A.M. that just goes on and on about “the good old times”.
Make the Most Of It
Helping your skin heal while your sleeping also means minimizing any bad sleep habits that you might happen to have. For one, you’re going to want to swap to sleeping on your back if you can. Sleeping on your back is one of the best ways to minimize weight and pressure on the skin of your face while sleeping. Laying on your stomach and side tends to cause problems with bunching skin and gravity that each make it that much more likely you’ll get fine lines or wrinkles on your face or around your décolletage. Not all of us can get a good night’s sleep on our backs though. Sleeping on your side is the next best option. Stick a pillow between your breasts to hug while you rest to provide support that prevents wrinkling and creasing while you sleep to minimize issues. Additionally, swap your pillowcases to silk or a similar material that bunches less while you sleep to minimize skin creasing from any movement while resting. Collectively this will all help your skin heal that much more effectively by minimizing any damage done while sleeping.
The last thing you can do to help is focus on finding good products to use. There are plenty of products types that are ideally suited for night. Most of the time this is due to the product in some way putting a little extra strain on your skin that makes it that much more susceptible to sunlight. Night creams with retinol are a good example of this. They’re perfect for helping your skin during the night as they provide a nourishing and refining boost to your skin, but retinol is reactive with sunlight in such a way that it makes it ill-advised to put it on before going out for the day. Certain masks and moisturizers are also best suited to overnight use. These work to help boost our skin in important ways that make it more resistant to the signs of aging as well as helping make up for any failings our daytime routine might possess. You need to be a discerning when selecting from these products to help ensure they’re doing their best for you though as they’ll be worn all night and poor quality products can end up doing more to harm your skin than help it in such cases.
Helping your skin to heal while you sleep is a more complex topic than you might think. It involves ensuring you get the sleep in the first place, making sure nothing you do while sleeping hurts your skin, and finding products that support and heal your skin while you sleep. It certainly makes the rule to get some sleep seem a little simple by comparison. Taking this steps will benefit your skin over time. You’ll find that you look and feel healthier rather quickly after starting to use these tips and later find that time just doesn’t seem to touch you as deeply. That’s worth a little effort.