Practice These Nighttime Habits for Great Skin

  • Taking all your makeup off before bed prevents clogged pores and breakouts.
  • Hydration is key to having great skin.
  • Lack of sleep can cause inflammation on your skin.

1. Remove all your makeup.

California-based Christine Choi Kim, MD, a board-certified medical and cosmetic dermatologist, says taking all your makeup off at night can prevent makeup residues from causing clogged pores and breakouts.

2. Cleanse gently.

To remove makeup and dirt, and oils before going to bed, apply a cleanser gently on your face with your fingertips or a soft washcloth. This removes the dirt without stripping off your skin’s natural oils, according to an article on Stripping all of the oil off your skin can make it dry and irritated and cause skin problems.

3. Use products that suit your skin type.

Joshua Fox, MD, says knowing your skin type can help you choose the right skincare cleanser that best suits your skin. If you don’t know your skin type, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist who can help you take proper care of your skin day and night.

4. Use anti-aging products.

Retinols slow down the signs of aging and help repair skin. According to Mona Gohara, MD, a New York City dermatologist, the ingredient boosts collagen production and prevents collagen breakdown. Apply only a pea-sized amount of retinol to avoid over-drying.

Peptides are short chains of amino acids that can also help you achieve beautiful, younger-looking skin. Peptides slow the aging process by stimulating collagen in production, says New Orleans-based dermatologist Deirdre Hooper, MD.

Debra Jaliman, MD, author of Skin Rules and an assistant professor of dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, also suggests using eye cream as part of your daily evening skincare routine. She explains that skin on the eyelid is the thinnest and most delicate skin and shows aging the fastest.

5. Stay hydrated.

People with great skin are hydrated people. Drink water before bed if you’re thirsty, especially if you’ve had a drink or two, suggests Dr. Kim.

6. Apply a Korean sleeping mask.

Dr. Kim says Korean sleeping masks or sleeping packs can help your skin look healthier in the morning, especially if you use them at night when you’ve been out late or drinking. These products keep your skin super moisturized. Apply a disposable mask on your face and leave it on for 20 minutes before taking it off. These sleeping packs or sleeping masks can come in gels or creams.

7. Get enough sleep.

Lack of sleep can raise your blood cortisol levels and cause inflammation in your skin. Dr. Gohara says to aim for eight hours of sleep to wake up well-rested.

8. Sleep on your back.

Young woman sleeping

Sleeping on your back can drain away fluid from your face, making you look less puffy in the morning, advises Dr. Gohara. This sleeping position may also help prevent “sleep wrinkles,” or those lines that form on your face after you rest it against a pillow at night. If you sleep on your stomach, use a pillowcase made from satin or silk and avoid coarse cotton, suggests Dr. Gohara. This can help you avoid fine lines.

Via    The Healthy