If you’re using all the right nighttime skincare products but you’re just not getting the results you want, you could be missing out on one very important thing: SLEEP!
We get it – you’re busy. Demands from work and family often mean you’re getting up earlier or staying awake later than you want to. And, the first place it shows up is your skin. If you have dark circles or a sallow complexion, it’s time to get more sleep. Here are some products to help you have the restful sleep that results in a healthy glow.
Get to sleep and stay asleep
With all that’s going on in life, it can be hard to get to sleep. After all, you’re likely not only thinking over what you need to do tomorrow, but you may be replaying the stressful parts of your day.
First, hide your smartphone
Most people sleep with their smartphones next to them. Often, it’s because their phone doubles as an alarm clock (more on that later); however, it also gives them an excuse to scroll through social media, check email, and more. Although a smartphone fills the time, the light emitted may impair your ability to fall asleep by suppressing the body’s natural production of melatonin. Additionally, studies show a connection between high radio frequencies and cancer. The first step is to put your smartphone away each night, whether in a drawer or in your handbag across the room. (And, be sure to put away your laptop and tablet too. Their blue light will also negatively impact your sleep.)
Second, get some help
Melatonin is a hormone that your body produces to regulate your sleep cycle. However, technology may inhibit our bodies from producing it, making it tough to get to sleep. Melatonin supplements are considered generally safe for adults; however, you can also get more melatonin by snacking on certain foods, such as berries; sipping on valerian or chamomile teas, or surrounding your bedroom with lavender. Lavender and other relaxing scents may prompt your body to produce more melatonin.
You may have heard that silk pillowcases are a gamechanger and they certainly live up to the hype. If you wake up with creases on your face from your cotton pillowcases, it’s time to switch it up. Silk pillowcases help you wake up without those awkward creases. Additionally, it may reduce puffiness and is much gentler on your skin than other fabrics.
Add another element of luxury – and block out light – with a silk sleep mask. Cheaper than special curtains, a silk sleep mask will block out distractions and may even protect the delicate skin around your eyes from wrinkles.
Wake up naturally
If waking up is hard to do in the morning, your alarm clock – which, for so many of us, is our smartphones – is often to blame. Think about it – is incessant beeping the best way to wake up? Instead, get an alarm clock that will wake you up naturally with light. Not just any light; light that gradually brightens, like the sunrise, and signals your brain to wake up. Many of the clocks also contain sound options that allow you to also wake up to the soothing sounds of nature.
Use nighttime skincare products
Before your head hits the pillow, cleanse your face and apply one of these great hydrating balms or serums.
Rescue+ Intense Hydrating Balm & Mask
Rescue+ is a concentrated, hydrating balm that soothes irritated and inflamed skin. It’s formulated with anti-inflammatory ingredients and antioxidants to calm and protect the skin. If your skin is dry or sensitive, apply it as an overnight mask.
CPR Skin Recovery Serum
CPR restores skin to its natural and healthy glory. It is formulated with antioxidants, vitamins, and other plant-based ingredients to protect and heal sensitive skin and skin with inflammatory conditions.
Reboot Overnight Hydration Complex
Reboot is a lightweight serum that improves skin’s firmness and elasticity. It’s formulated with aloe, coconut extract, and probiotics to hydrate and balance skin. Apply it at night, after cleansing and before your favourite nighttime moisturiser, to pamper your skin overnight.