If you’re anything like me, you find yourself staying up way too late, and not getting nearly enough sleep. I mean, I try to go to bed earlier, but I really like to work late at night, when everything’s so quiet and peaceful. I can really get lost in my thoughts.
Fast forward a couple hours, and all of a sudden, it’s almost morning. How’d that happen? I would have sworn it was just 11:30. And unfortunately, sometimes the late nights and early mornings take a toll on me
Getting enough sleep is really important. Study after study even agree . However, there are a few ways to trick your way to looking like you got enough beauty sleep. Below are 3 ways to appear that you got your beauty sleep and kickstart your morning.
A Great Skin Care Routine
I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir here and that none of you out there would ever dream of going to bed before removing your makeup and cleansing and moisturizing your skin. Heaven forbid!
The world out there is a nasty, filthy place. Every day, your poor, beautiful face is being bombarded by dust, dirt, and pollution. Any time you leave your house, you’re exposing your fair skin to a whole host of things that just love to do it damage. Even if you can’t see them.
Even if you haven’t worn makeup, you still want to cleanse and moisturize every single night. There are some great products out there and you want to get in the habit of taking care of your skin. A great skin care routine can help disguise a myriad of lifestyle sins.
If you don’t wash your face, you’ll be taking bacteria, viruses, pollution, sweat, oil and a heap of old dead skin cells to bed with you. Spending the next 7-9 hours with that hot mess resting on your skin is, let’s just say, far from optimal.
Adopt a better position
We spend a full third of our entire life lying in bed asleep. You’ve probably spent less than five minutes thinking about exactly how is it that you sleep. Did you know that the way you sleep can affect your skin? It’s true!
For instance, if you (like the majority) sleep on your stomach, then you’ll be spending a lot of time with your pretty little face mashed into your pillow. That definitely isn’t going to improve the health of your skin. Personally, I sleep on my hand, and have built up scar tissue by my eye because of this.
Your pillows are also great big white dirt sponges. Unless you change your pillows every single night, your beloved feather-filled sleeping buddy is likely covered in a layer of filth and grime.
Sweat, flakes of old skin, traces of whatever moisturizer you use before bed, bits of dead spider, hair, etc., etc., etc. Your pillow has it all. Don’t be ashamed, my pillows are like this, too. Pretty much everyone’s pillows are gross!
So, what’s the solution? Change the way you sleep, of course. Flipping over and sleeping on your back will not only improve the health of your skin it will improve your overall health. Sleeping face up is better for your hips, neck and back.
Like learning any new skill, sleeping on your back will take a little work. You may find yourself naturally rolling over and back into bad habits during the night, but it’s worth persevering. If you find it too difficult then there are specially designed pillows out there than can help, as well.
I’ve saved the most important point for last. My absolute top tip to ensure your skin stays as healthy as can be well into your twilight years is a simple one – drink more. Drink more water that is.
Whatever amount of water you are currently drinking during the day, drink more. While eight glasses a day is the gold standard, some studies show that you should drink half your body weight in oz. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs., you’d want to drink 75 oz of water a day.
How much exactly? Well, imagine you’ve just survived forty days in the desert, that’s how much! If you need a hand, here are some helpful ways to trick your way to eight glasses a day.
Your skin adores being well watered and this is easier to achieve if you’re well hydrated.
If it helps just think of your skin as a flower. The better watered you are the healthier you will look. Don’t drink enough and you will wither, dry and crack. Simple as that.
Of course, you don’t want to drink too much before bed. Nobody likes getting up every two hours. Instead up your intake of the wet stuff during the daylight hours and taper off a little in the evening. Soon, your body will regulate the increased fluid intake.
Well there you have it – 3 top tips to fake your beauty sleep and help your skin stay healthy and fresh.