There’s a reason why it’s called “beauty sleep”. If you’ve ever skimped on sleep, you’ve probably seen the effects — breakouts and a ruddy complexion are dead giveaways you’re not getting enough shuteye.
Your skin rejuvenates itself while you sleep and adopting a bedtime beauty ritual can help to prepare your skin as it regenerates overnight. You’ll wake up with glowing, radiant, and healthy-looking skin when you treat your skin right at night. Here are some ways to get started:
Decongest Skin with a Cleansing Mask
If you’ve ever had a facial at a spa, you might have noticed that they apply a mask to decongest your skin before the full spa treatment. This can help get rid of impurities and deep clean your pores without being too abrasive. Use a clay-based cleansing mask to lift dirt out of your pores. Look for a cleanser made with chamomile extract and turmeric because these ingredients can calm the skin naturally.
Decompress with a Facial Massage
A gentle facial massage can reduce puffiness and calm down aggravated skin. Your face is made of over 40 muscles and the more you move them, the more lifted and toned they become. An easy way to get the benefits of massage is by massaging product onto the skin with a crystal roller (think rose quartz or jade) or a sonic wand instead of applying product with your fingertips. This extra stimulation can help increase circulation, relieve muscle tension and stress, and rejuvenate your skin naturally.
Treat Your Skin Right
There are hundreds of serums and night creams out there but only some will actually do anything for your skin while you sleep. The best overnight treatment for your skin will be effective enough to sink deep into your skin and keep it hydrated. Your best bets for counteracting the daily stressors on your skin? Any skin treatments with adaptogens, like ashwagandha and peptides, which are the building blocks for collagen and elastin..
Try a Hydrating Mask
Masking before bed can be a relaxing activity in itself and a great way to wind down after a stressful day. Try a moisture-rich mask to feed your skin with hydrating ingredients right before bedtime. Make sure to leave it on for at least 30 minutes for the full benefits. Some masks can be left on overnight for even more benefits.
Don’t Forget the Eye Cream
The skin around your eyes is much thinner than the skin around the rest of your face so it needs some extra TLC — especially at night. Help that skin repair itself and stay strong with an ultra-rich moisturizer. You’ll want something that’s designed specifically for the eye area and has peptides. Peptides can hydrate that delicate area around your eyes so you wake up looking refreshed and well-rested.
From a clay-based cleansing mask to a hydrating serum, there are several ways to improve your skin while you sleep. Start your own bedtime beauty ritual this week and share your tips in the comments below! And don’t forget to sign up for our email list to stay up-to-date on the latest beauty insider news.