There are a lot of people who don’t get enough sleep. You may be one of them. A lack of good, consistent and sufficient sleep can be detrimental to your overall health, including negatively affecting the look and feel of your skin. One excuse people have for depriving themselves of necessary sleep is that they are too busy and have too much to get done. But you can, in fact, get a lot done while you’re sleeping, especially when it comes to keeping your skin healthy and happy.
You can do some simple things while you slip into your PJs that will tighten your skin while you sleep. If you want to improve your skin tone, incorporate these three bedtime rituals into your nightly routine:
Get Rid of That Makeup. Really Get Rid of It.
One of the worst things you can do for your skin is to hit the sack without removing your makeup. Sleeping in makeup clogs pores, triggers unsightly breakouts and causes potential long-term skin damage.
If you want to understand how bad sleeping in makeup is for your skin, a Daily Mail journalist can tell you. She slept in her makeup for one month straight and underwent 3D image testing afterward to analyze the results. Aside from the itchy and swollen eyes, white cysts, flaky skin, and dirty pillowcase throughout the one-month experiment, the imaging revealed a 10-20 percent structural decline in her skin, a drop in moisture levels, deeper wrinkles, enlarged pores, and substantial redness. Experts said sleeping in makeup for 30 days caused her skin to age 10 years.
Even if you do try to wash your makeup off before bedtime, you may not be doing enough. Mascara, eyeliners, and eye shadows designed to last 12 or 24 hours last that long because they are often made with strong polymers that don’t easily dissolve with soap and water or even water-based makeup remover.
That’s why you should consider washing your face twice before bed. Start with an oil-based cleanser to remove your makeup. Follow that by washing your face with a gentle non-soap cleanser to rid your skin of any remaining makeup residue.
Steam opens pores. Opening pores can help you rid yourself of toxins and impurities that can damage your skin. Using the power of steam to tighten your skin is as simple as turning on your shower.
Once a week before going to bed, turn on your shower until the water is hot and the bathroom steams up a bit. Stand in the shower for a minute or so and expose your face to the steam (not the water itself) before washing it.
Skin is continually regenerating itself. But just like our metabolism slows down as we age, the skin rejuvenation process loses speed dramatically. Without this rapid turnover in skin cells, dead skin cells on the surface start to accrue and elicit dullness. Unfortunately, dead skin cell build-up also clogs pores, putting you at a higher risk of blackhead and acne flare-ups.
Clearing the skin and uncovering the youthful cells below the surface almost immediately creates a fresher appearance, but also helps your topical treatments reach their target easier. A few times a week before bed, use a mildly abrasive exfoliant to remove sloughs of dead skin cells and reveal brighter skin below. For a deeper clean, microdermabrasion is a minimally-invasive treatment that uses tiny particles to renew and brighten appearances.
Dr. Mariano Busso: Your Partner in Healthy Skin
An expert in all things skincare and aesthetics, Dr. Mariano Busso has coached physicians all over the country on his innovative techniques and quality of care. Call our Miami offices today at 305-857-0144 to schedule your consultation and learn more about how we can partner with you for better skin and an increased sense of confidence and well-being.