Throughout the day, the skin often gets exposed to harsh ultraviolet (UV) sunrays, dust and air pollution, harsh chemicals and environmental conditions.
Over time, this can cause significant damage to your skin and lead to various signs of premature aging like wrinkles, fine lines and a dull complexion. You can reverse this by taking good care of your skin and hair during the night.
While you sleep, the skin repairs itself and with a little help from you, your skin will become even healthier. A proper nightly skin care routine will help improve your skin tone, make your skin glow, reduce blemishes, and hydrate and rejuvenate the skin.
Simply give a few minutes to your skin each night and you will see improvement and enhanced beauty within a few days.
Here are the top 10 beauty habits you should follow at night.
1. Remove Your Makeup
Irrespective of your busy schedule or whether you are extremely tired, you must take time to remove your makeup before going to bed at night. This is very important if you wish to keep your skin looking young and ageless.
When you are sleeping at night, your skin repairs itself and the skin pores open up. But when there is a layer of makeup on your face like lipstick, mascara, foundation, highlighter and eye shadow, the pores get clogged. This results in spots, uneven skin tone and even acne breakouts.
You can use a makeup remover, facial cleanser or cold cream to cleanse your skin and make it makeup free.
2. Use a Toner
Every night before going to bed, tone up your face with a toner. Toner helps restore your skin’s natural pH levels, which in turn makes your skin more resistant against bacteria and micro-organisms. It also helps cleanse your skin of dust, pollution and impurities. It is particularly important for oily and acne-prone skin.
There are many different types of toner in the market for various skin types. If you want to use a natural toner, nothing is better than pure rose water that has hydrating, clarifying and energizing properties.
Apply a small amount of toner to a cotton pad and simply wipe it over your entire face and neck area, and then let your skin air dry. It is best to use an alcohol-free formula.
3. Apply Hand Cream
To keep your hands smooth and soft throughout the day, you need to take proper care of them at night. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and mild soap, pat dry with a towel and then apply a hand cream.
Use a thick, plain and a little greasy hand cream to keep your hands well moisturized during the night. This will help to your hands and fingernails look their best first thing in the morning.
Also, it will keep your cuticles in good shape and prevent your hands from developing early signs of aging like sagging skin or wrinkles.
4. Use Eye Cream
Considering that the eye area is the first to show signs of aging, it is essential to take care of your eyes properly. First, you need to remove all your eye makeup. Then, apply an eye cream before going to bed.
An eye cream can help moisturize, hydrate, de-puff, reduce dark circles, minimize the appearance of wrinkles and temporarily tighten the under-eye area.
Use a lightweight eye cream with ingredients like caffeine, peptides, antioxidants and brighteners. Start applying it from the inner corners of your eyes and gently massage toward the outer corners.
5. Brush Your Teeth
Once your dinner is finished, make sure to brush and floss your teeth before going to bed. This will help keep your mouth free from germs, cavities and infections. Also, it will help avoid serious morning bad breath.
Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes. Brush the outer and inner surfaces of your teeth. Floss your teeth and then rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water. Do this daily before going to bed to enjoy a beautiful smile throughout the day.
It is suggested to brush your teeth about 30 minutes after having your meal, especially after an acidic meal as brushing immediately after a meal may push the acid deeper into the dentin.
6. Apply Petroleum Jelly on Your Feet
As beautiful and healthy feet are true reflection of your beauty and personality, you cannot ignore them during your nightly beauty regimen.
After washing your feet with warm water, pat dry them properly. Then apply some petroleum jelly or a foot cream on dry, rough skin on your feet to prevent cracked heels and make them soft. Cover your feet with socks and then go to bed.
If you have time, massage your feet daily at night using circular motions for at least 5 minutes. This will help you relax and sleep better.
7. Pin Up Your Hair
Some people like to sleep with their hair down, but it’s better to sleep with your hair tied back. This will benefit both your hair and skin.
Brush your hair and then braid it or pin it up into a bun to avoid knots and tangles in the morning. It will help keep your hair off your face as you sleep. Hair contains oils and dirt that can get on your face and cause pimples and acne breakouts.
8. Turn on a Humidifier
Turning on the humidifier at night before going to bed is particularly important in the winter. A humidifier infuses the air in your bedroom with moisture. This in turn helps soothe dry, itchy and cracked skin.
Low humidity levels have been found to exacerbate symptoms of eczema, psoriasis and other conditions. But it can be easily remedied with a humidifier.
So, to support beautiful skin, sleep with a humidifier on through the night.
9. Switch to Silk Pillowcases
Sleeping on a silk pillowcase and silk bed sheets will greatly benefit your skin as well as hair. Silk contains natural proteins and 18 essential amino acids that help keep your skin looking young and beautiful. It will also prevent ‘sleep-crease’ or a ‘sleep line’ on your face that often happens when sleeping on a cotton pillowcase.
The smooth, silky feeling of silk is good for your hair as well. It makes your hair slide smoothly and there will be less damage. On the other hand, a cotton pillowcase will cause hair to bunch, knot and get unruly.
10. Get Your Beauty Sleep
After a hard day’s work, it is important to get your beauty sleep at night. The nature and duration of your sleep can have a huge impact on how you look during the daytime. Sleep is a rejuvenating treatment as the repair and growth process of cells occurs when you sleep.
Lack of sleep can cause many signs of aging like wrinkles, dark circles under the eyes, dull complexion and fine lines. To keep yourself looking young, get 7 to 8 hours of sound sleep.
To enjoy sound sleep, maintain a regular bedtime, switch off your TV, keep your mobile in another room, avoid coffee before bedtime and take a warm bath in the evening.
Now, you can rise and greet the morning with radiant and beautiful skin by incorporating these beauty habits in your nightly skin care regimen.