Boost Your Beauty at Night
By now you have heard that the night time is the best time for your skin the rejuvenate itself. While you rest your skin is working hard to repair damage from UV light and environmental factors. So give it a boost with these three strategies and your skin will thank you for it!
Avoid Puffy Eyes – Waking up with swollen, puffy, eyes (even after a full night’s rest) is not an attractive look on anyone. The problem might not be lack of sleep, it could be the eye cream you are using and the position you sleep in.
First, check your sleeping position – if you tend to lay flat or (worse) on your stomach – you are essentially allowing fluids to collect around the soft tissue of the eyes. Try propping yourself up on a pillow and switch your eye cream to a lighter formula for a more refreshed look in the morning. If you’ve have had a high-sodium dinner, and you know you will have puffy eyes in the morning, try taking a decongestant before bed to reduce inflammation, drain congestion (caused by the salt) and constrict the tiny blood vessels around the eyes.
Finally, make sure you are applying your night cream correctly. Applying eye cream directly under the eye and on the lids can cause the product to accumulate overnight and create puffiness.
To avoid that, gently press on the orbital bone below your eye and work the cream from the inner corners up and out to the temples. This stimulates circulation around the eye area.
Repeat this action on the top of the brow bone to prevent puffy eye lids.
While it might seem like you are not actually treating the eye area, the cream will migrate to the lids and under eye area naturally, supplying just the right amount of conditioning treatment without any sign of puffiness.
Prevent Dry Lips – Wake up with chapped or dry lips? It’s not uncommon. Our lips lack oils glands to soften and hydrate the skin naturally. That, combined with dry indoor air and the way you sleep (whether you breathe through your mouth rather than your nose) will increase dryness and cracking.
Start by keeping the skin on your lips conditioned. You can do this by gently brushing them with a wet toothbrush a few times a night to remove dry, flaking skin. Then apply a ceramide balm on the lips to seal in moisture and condition the skin. Ceramide products contain lipids most like our own skin and work wonders to condition dry lips.
For more in treating dry, chapped lips with DIY treatments – read our article on Luscious Lips: How to Avoid Chapped Lips
Waking with Dry, Parched Skin? – Whether it’s summer or winter, indoor air is usually drying to the skin – sapping the moisture from it while we sleep. If you do wake with dry skin, try switching to a facial oil at bedtime. This helps to seal natural moisture in the skin and prevents outside air from drying it. Facial oils are wonderfully nourishing and conditioning and, contrary to popular belief, they will not clog your pores and make your skin oily. Learn more about Facial Oils in our article.
Also, try using a humidifier at night – the moisture they put into the air will do wonders for your skin.
Got Wrinkles? Sleep wrinkles caused from your pillowcase or bedding can become permanent over time. Most Estheticians can tell how their client sleeps from their wrinkles. That’s because at night sleep lines around the mouth, nose, cheeks and eyes eventually become permanently etched in the skin. Avoid sleep wrinkles by sleeping on your back. Also, purchase silk or satin pillowcases that are more gentle on the skin than cotton or cotton blends. And apply a little hyaluronic acid under your night cream to boost skin’s moisture which can help prevent sleep wrinkles. Learn more about Sleep Wrinkles and how to avoid them.