You’ve just finished a busy day crammed with commuting, meetings, phone calls and dinner and you’re practically falling asleep as you sit down to watch a bit of TV. Your night-time skin regimen is the furthest thing from your mind. But before you put your fully made-up face to bed, think about the consequences and instead try these simple tips to waking up with smoother, softer skin.
- Have makeup remover wipes handy
You’re too tired to trek to the bathroom to wash your face, but sleeping in makeup is a huge skin no-no, even with mineral makeup. Not only does it rub off on your pillow (to stay there until you wash your sheets!), but it can also cause irritation and puffiness around the eyes or ‘the horror!’ cause your lashes to break.
The solution: Place a packet of makeup removing wipes at your bedside. Makeup removing cloths are generally good choices to remove makeup easily and quickly” I personally use Simple Kind to Skin Facial Cleansing Wipes but find the one that suits your skin by trying a few however you should always look for alcohol- and fragrance-free ones.
If your skin is acne-prone, look for wipes containing salicylic acid. These help open up blocked pores while simultaneously removing makeup
You don’t wear makeup? You’ll still want to remove the day’s grime to keep pores unclogged.
- Mist away
No matter what, beautiful skin needs hydration at night. If you decide to skip the night cream, go the simple route: Spray on a moisturizing facial mist. Try Jane Iredale’s Hydration Spray or Evian Mineral Water Spray. These are also perfect decanted into a small bottle and kept in your bag. When you get a bit warm or your skin feels a bit dry, just mist your face for wonderful hydration without messing up your makeup.
- Use petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on your lips
After moisturising your face, rub a small amount of moisturiser into your lips then slick Vaseline over the top for a softer pucker come morning. Vaseline can even be used to remove really stubborn eye makeup. Just pop onto a cotton pad/ball and rub over the stubborn makeup.
However, if your skin is prone to breakouts only apply to your lips and body as it can leave behind an oily residue.
Petroleum Jelly is inexpensive and non-allergenic so its ideal for the majority of skin types.
- Humidify your surroundings
If you absolutely can’t be bothered with slathering on some hydrating facial cream as you get into bed (I keep mine on my bedside table), use a humidifier. Since body temperature rises while we sleep, we lose much-needed moisture. Humidifiers help keep the air moist so our skin isn’t further sapped by a dry environment.
- H2O hydrate!
Swap your in bed cup of tea or coffee for a glass of water. Though drinking water hasn’t been proven to hydrate skin, it does help the body expel toxins and helps to reduce dark circles under your eyes – which is never a bad thing.
- Pre-de-puff your eyes
Sick of waking up with puffy eyes? Peterson notes a variety of factors influence swelling in the eye area, such as allergies, salty foods, lack of sleep and tearing. Drink more water (see above), cut salty foods out, and if the problem is allergies, take an antihistamine before bedtime (speak to your GP). Another solution which I was told a while ago is try to sleep flat on your back (which helps with wrinkles, too) with your head elevated on one pillows.
- And last but not least…get a good night’s sleep
When we sleep, our metabolic rate lowers, so we don’t produce as many skin-damaging free radicals. Additionally, since we aren’t outside doing battle with the elements, our body can focus on repairing any damage incurred during the day, according to the International Congress in Aesthetic, Anti Aging Medicine and Medical Spa. So get your beauty zzz’s – your skin will thank you!
Remember, 5 mins of prepping your skin before bed will give you amazing results with your skin. As a lazy girl I keep most items on my bedside table and carry out my routine in bed whilst catching up on social media!!!
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