Our skin is our body’s largest organ so it’s important to dedicate the time to maintaining its health. Sleep provides our body with a chance to restore and repair cells and tissue. Sleep also affords us the opportunity to avoid exposure to the sun and other environmental elements that can cause stress to our skin. When we skip on sleep, our blood vessels dilate and dark circles appear. The stress from a poor night’s sleep can also lead to tension that is visible in our face. Depriving our bodies of sleep shows, especially on our faces.
What can I do to keep my skin healthy?
Try these four beauty sleep tips.
1. Replace your pillow regularly. The National Sleep Foundation recommends replacing your pills approximately every 18 months. Over time, your pillow accumulates mould, dead skin and dust mites (including their excrement) that can irritate your skin and respiratory system that can lead to night wakings. You can periodically test your pillows’ life by folding it in half. If it springs back to its original shape then you can continue using it. If it doesn’t spring back, then it may be time to retire it.
2. Address your skin as part of your evening routine. We are all guilty of skipping this step, but washing your face will help to reduce breakouts, allow your moisturizer to work better and avoid eye infections by preventing makeup and dirt from moving into your eyes while you get your beauty sleep.
Here’s what I’m using as part of my nightly beauty ritual.
Consonant – Natural Foaming Face Wash
Graydon – The Serum
Ella’s Botanicals – Anoint Me Hydrating Body Lotion
Matter Company – Lip Balm
3. Choose your materials wisely.
- If you use an eye mask to block light out of your sleep space, ensure that the fabric can be easily washed to remove oil and debris that has accumulated through everyday use.
- Consider investing in wool bedding. Wool is dust mite resistant, as well as anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. This means your bedding will last longer, require fewer washes and minimize skin and respiratory irritation
- Invest in good quality sheets with a high thread count. Low thread count fabric can feel rough and irritate sensitive skin. The residues from dyes and chemicals in fabrics used duration the manufacturing processes should also be avoided to further reduce the possibility of irritation, so opt for unbleached, organic products.
4. Make sleep a priority. Challenge yourself to make additional modifications to your sleep space and your sleep hygiene: select light blocking window coverings; reduce visual clutter; avoid the use of electronics before bed; choose evening snacks wisely, and set a consistent bedtime and wake time each day.