5 Common Night-time Habits that are Harmful to Your Skin

When it comes to taking care of your skin, paying attention to your night-time routine is just as important as focusing on your daytime moisturizing cleansing regime. Read on to know more about bad bedtime skin rituals that are wreaking havoc on your skin.

Sleeping on your stomach or side

Side sleepers often see deeper wrinkles, more forehead lines, and creases on their face compared to those who sleep on their back. Such a position keeps everything off your face, including dirt and oil, preventing any friction to the skin while also reducing the risk of microtears and reduced skin elasticity over time.

Several skincare specialists suggest that it’s best to sleep on your back while keeping your head elevated. Basically, one should avoid putting too much pressure on the face as much as possible (for stomach or side sleepers), otherwise, you could be crushing your delicate facial skin into the pillow, making it more susceptible to wrinkles and creases.

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You forget to remove your makeup before going to bed

The makeup products combined with environmental pollutants and harmful free radicals can clog your pores causing harsh breakouts while speeding up aging as well. Remember, just two minutes of your time at night-time before bed could help you avoid damaged skin in the future.

By sleeping with makeup on, you are essentially paving way for an acne eruption. It is best to remove makeup before going to bed with a cleanser such as micellar water. Proceed to then apply your night-time skincare products to a clean face. You could also use makeup remover wipes and wipe gently on your skin without applying too much pressure.

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You’re not getting enough sleep.

Do you ever find yourself waking up tired in the morning? If you have a hard time sleeping at night, you’re certainly not alone since 40 percent of Americans get less than seven hours of sleep at night. There really is a thing called beauty sleep which gives your skin time to repair itself at night-time. The body needs rest where you’re not in motion to go through the natural repair processes or recovery. It includes making new collagen, improving blood circulation, and reducing under-eye puffiness.

It is crucial to follow a consistent bedtime routine that supports sleep and relaxation. Not getting enough sleep causes hormonal imbalances, leading to more wrinkles, increased inflammation, and stress hormones, all of which make you look tired the next day, triggering acne breakouts and dark circles.

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You’re not changing your sheets and pillowcases regularly

Human beings spend approximately one-third of their lives in bed—where dead skin cells, grease, dirt, and oils get accumulated, contributing to irritating breakouts. Pretty nasty, right? That’s why you should aim to change/wash your night-time sheets at least once a week to avoid the transfer of bacteria and other impurities.

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Ditch the old cotton pillowcase

Investing in a silk or satin pillowcase could do wonders for your skin. Silk pillowcases are less abrasive to the skin and are also breathable and hypoallergenic. Its smooth fabric prevents wrinkles and creates less friction than cotton. It easily adjusts to your room’s temperature, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter!

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Your room temperature is too high at night.

Your night-time sleep atmosphere might be a big differentiating factor for your skin health and your sleep quality. Studies have found that the body is able to rest better at lower temperatures, which means that people sleep more soundly on a cool surface rather than a warm one. Increasing the heat on cold winter nights can prove to be very drying on your skin and you won’t be able to sleep deeply enough for a full night’s rest. In such scenarios, consider using a humidifier. It replaces some of the moisture in the air, thereby preventing dry skin.

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Shreya Paul
Moody, Floaty, Fire & DESIRE!

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