Few things are better for your skin than a good night’s sleep, but there are a few healthy habits you can start right now to care for your skin while you get some shut eye. Your nighttime skin care routine consists of two stages: pre-bedtime care and maintaining a healthy sleep environment. Here are some tips for nailing down a healthy routine to make the most of your sleep while still caring for your skin.
Before you go to bed, be sure to focus on cleansing and moisturizing, but not just with any old soap and lotion. Regular soaps, even those that claim to be moisturizing, are not gentle enough for the face, and tend to contain ingredients that strip rather than nourish the tender facial surfaces. Be sure to consult your Monarch Plastic Skin Rejuvenation Center aesthetician to determine the types of cleansers and moisturizers that are ideal for your skin type, skin tone, and particular skin issues. By matching your cleansers and moisturizers to your skin, you will be able to spend less time on your skincare routine while reaping greater benefits -- just be sure your skin is always clean before going to bed every night.
First, remove your makeup, then take steps to cleanse and moisturize your skin. Avoid touching your face or applying any additional products to your skin without your aesthetician’s recommendation. For some skin conditions, a retinoid or alpha-hydroxy acid product might be warranted. These powerful ingredients help treat a number of conditions and keep skin young and fresh; however, you must use the product that is most appropriate for your needs.
Your sleep environment
Once you have a pre-bedtime skin care routine in place, it is time to address your bedroom. You will want to create a calm and clean environment for long-term healthy skin and ensure that you are able to sleep comfortably every night for healthy sleep-hygiene. For the benefit of your skin, limit distractions that will keep you awake by leaving your cell phone in another room to charge overnight. Turn clocks with lit faces around so they face the wall to minimize the glow and temptation to keep checking the time if you have difficulty falling asleep. Although it is tempting to have a television in your bedroom, don’t do it. It may take time to get used to sleeping without a television in the room if you are used to falling asleep with it on or watching in bed, but watching television in the bedroom keeps the brain active even after the TV is turned off.
Once you’ve limited these distractions, consider comfort and cleanliness. When was the last time you washed your pillowcases or pillows? Oils from your hair and skin rub off on them while you sleep, as do dead skin cells. You may not need to wash your pillows or pillowcases daily, but every time you lay your face against them, you are exposing your skin to dirt, grime, and bacteria that sloughed off in your sleep since you last washed your linens. Wash your pillowcases at least once per week, and your pillows at least once per month. To further protect your skin, elevate your head a bit using more than one pillow or a wedge type pillow and sleep on your back. By sleeping with your head elevated and on your back, you spend less time with your face in contact with your pillowcase. Not only does this reduce skin contact with old oils and dead skin cells, but it also helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles from developing on the face. For additional benefits while you sleep, consider using a humidifier to add moisture to the air to hydrate your skin while you sleep.
To learn more
To learn more about your skin care options, including the types of cleansers and moisturizers are ideal for your needs, call Monarch Skin Rejuvenation CEnter today at (913) 663-3838 to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled aestheticians.