Getting enough beauty sleep isn't just about looking good — a good night's sleep is essential for both physical and mental health.
Sleep helps improve your mood, memory, and focus. It can reduce stress levels, too.
Conversely, a lack of sleep can cause inflammation, which leads to redness and blotchiness. It can dehydrate skin, steal its radiance, and worsen fine lines and wrinkles.
Keep reading for 7 easy ways to get plenty of ZZZs so you look and feel your best!
7 Tips for getting a better night's sleep
Beauty rest is essential for both physical and mental health. Unfortunately, many people struggle to get enough shut-eye on a regular basis, especially right after time changes.
If you're one of those people, you can do a few things to help ensure a restful night's sleep.
- Establish a regular sleep schedule. Going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day helps to regulate your body's internal clock and makes it easier to fall asleep at night.
- Create a relaxing bedtime routine. Taking a warm bath or reading a book before bed can help to relax mentally and physically and prepare you for sleep. You can also use your nighttime beauty rituals or an exfoliating mask to help shift your brain to bedtime mode.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed. Caffeine can make it difficult to fall asleep, while alcohol can disrupt your sleep cycle and cause you to wake up during the night.
- Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool. Create a space conducive to deep sleep by keeping the room dark and quiet and at a comfortable temperature. A dark, quiet, and cool environment is ideal for sleeping. If you live in a noisy area, consider using a white noise machine to help you fall asleep.
- Get up and move around during the day. Regular exercise helps improve your sleep quality by making it easier to fall asleep at night. However, avoid exercising too close to bedtime as this can make it harder to sleep.
- Apply an anti-aging cream rich in antioxidants to work with your skin's natural overnight processes and help you look refreshed and rested when you wake up the next day.
- Avoid using screens for at least an hour before going to bed — the blue light emitted by screens can interfere with your body's production of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle.
How can I look better after a bad night's sleep?
There are several ways to help your complexion recover from a lack of sleep.Incorporate these steps into your daily routine, and they will help you keep you glowing -- even on days when there just weren't enough ZZZs.
- Drink enough water. Dehydration can worsen the effects of sleep deprivation on your skin. Drinking water keeps your cells hydrated and plump, which helps you look more radiant.
- Be gentle with your skin. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and avoid excessively scrubbing or exfoliating. Scrubbing too hard can disrupt your skin barrier, resulting in several conditions (Read more about your moisture barrier here).
- Use a moisturizer to lock in moisture and keep your skin barrier healthy. Look for products that contain hyaluronic acid, which can help your cells retain moisture.
- Use an eye mask or cream to help reduce puffiness, hydrate delicate under-eye skin, and give you brighter eyes. Pro tip: keep your eye mask or eye cream in your refrigerator. The cooling sensation will feel soothing to tired eyes.
Getting enough beauty sleep isn't just about looking good. It's also important for your overall health––both physical and mental health. Sleep can help improve mood, memory, and focus. It can also reduce stress levels.
So make good sleep a priority. Your skin will thank you for it.