Nighttime is meant for sleep, it is a period for rest and repair. Not only is getting plenty of sleep of at least eight hours essential for beautiful skin but what you do before you go to bed is important as well. A skincare regimen before you go to bed can ensure you wake up with gorgeous glowing skin.
You don't need expensive products or treatments, only some consistent effort, and good habits. You can maximize the rejuvenation that takes place while you sleep by implementing these powerful rituals on your skin. Not only will you wake up with your skin refreshed, but you'll also feel like you're a step ahead on your skincare.
Let's dive right in and see what 10 tips you can implement before you hit the sack to wake up with radiant skin!
How To Get Better Skin Overnight: 10 Tips
1. Cleanse Your Face Before Bed
First and foremost, be sure to use a gentle cleanser on your face even if you don't wear makeup. You accumulate a lot of dirt and particles on your face throughout the day. This clogs your pores and creates fine lines and wrinkles if left caked on all night.
This is especially true if you wear makeup. One of Salma Hayek's secrets for great skin is never going to bed with makeup on. I've personally have experienced waking up with horrible skin from leaving my makeup on the night before. It is one of the worse habits you can have!
I like to cleanse my face at night with a mixture of coconut oil and baking soda. I first take my mascara off with the coconut oil, then in the palm of my hand mix a small amount of baking soda and coconut oil - enough to cover my hand. I add a bit of water to make a paste and softly rub it all over my face in a circular motion.
The richness of the coconut oil leaves my skin super silky while the baking soda acts as a gentle exfoliator. They both have a brightening effect that leaves my face like bright porcelain. As I apply my moisturizer afterward, I can tell how silky smooth my face becomes.
It is by far one of my favorite methods to cleanse my face! I go further and rub it on my hands and arms, and in the shower, it softens my whole body.
2. Use Apple Cider Vinegar
It seems like apple cider vinegar can be used for just about anything. Instead of having harsh chemical peels, this kitchen essential will gently exfoliate breakout-prone or sensitive skin without irritating it.
ACV, as some people call it, is perfect for any skin type and helps heal the skin while preventing breakouts. You can put a small amount on a cotton ball and use it as you would a facial toner.
The fermentation process that makes raw, unfiltered, "with the mother" apple cider vinegar produces a compound known as acetic acid, which has antifungal and antibacterial properties.
ACV contains acetic and malic acids that target wrinkles, sunburns, acne, and other conditions.
3. Use a Sheet Mask
Sheet masks are not only fun to use, but they also infuse your skin with hydration. After washing your face and before applying your night skincare products, give your skin an extra dose of hydration.
A very popular mask is the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, which uses Pitera, a compound derived from yeast used in the fermentation of sake. Pitera is similar to the natural moisturizers of our skin enabling better retention of moisture. You'll get a dewy and glowing appearance while preventing wrinkles and dehydration.
4. Make Oils Your Friends
Some people are afraid of using oils on your face, but they provide amazing results for healing and moisturizing. According to dermatologists, oils protect the outermost layer of your dermis and fill your skin with rich antioxidants that help prevent DNA damage.
Layer an oil underneath your night cream for best results. Choose one that is non-comedogenic such as argan oil, marula oil, or sunflower seed oil.
5. Use Vitamin C, Especially Around the Eyes
Vitamin C is an old-fashioned ingredient for radiant skin that still proves to be an effective tool in your beauty drawer. It fades away dark spots and enhances the skin's tone leaving skin glowing and bright. We all certainly want that!
A great trick is to use an eye cream infused with vitamin C or licorice root from the inner corners of the eyes to the temples. Massage it delicately around this area of your face for a few minutes.
Vitamin C makes your under-eye circles brighter and takes away puffiness. The massaging action stimulates lymphatic drainage and decreases inflammation. It is a definite must-have in your collection of skincare products.
6. Skip All Salty Foods In the Evening
Salty foods retain water, which can accumulate in a pretty obvious manner around the eyes making them look puffy. This is especially true when it comes to processed foods such as chips and processed meats, which are filled with sodium.
Refined salt is not only bad for your health, but it also makes your skin dull and makes you look tired. If you want the healthiest glow in the morning, then be sure to skip these types of foods the evening before, or better yet, the whole day.
7. Rose Water For a Healthy Boost
Rose water is such a powerful elixir for many types of conditions. You'll be amazed at all the things it can achieve including:
There are various ways in which you can use rose water. It can be a facial toner, added to your moisturizer, or you can try the following overnight face pack:
Mix the juice of one lemon with one tablespoon of rose water. Apply evenly over your entire face and neck and let it sit overnight. Rinse your face in the morning and follow your morning skincare ritual.
The results are amazing! Your skin will be bright since the lemon acts as an illuminator getting rid of dark spots. The rose water will soothe your face making it silky soft while the combination leaves your skin firm. It is a very simple recipe with huge benefits.
8. Aloe Vera to the Rescue
Whether you have dry skin, rashes, acne, or any type of blemish, aloe vera cures it all. Get the actual plant, not the store-bought gels. You can find a piece of fresh aloe vera in the produce section of most supermarkets.
Peel the skin and collect the gel-like pulp to slather on your face very generously. You may feel a chilly sensation when you apply it. Leave it as an overnight pack and peel off in the morning, then rinse with warm water. You'll notice your face is softer, supple, and with a natural glow.
9. Sleep on Your Back
Believe it or not, sleeping on your back is much better for your face and your musculoskeletal system. When you sleep on your back you allow your face to rest instead of being smashed into a pillow.
Not only will your products stay on your face, but you won't wake up with heavy creases all over. It is very common to get deep wrinkles from sleeping on your side or your stomach. Imagine sleeping in the same position almost every night. The toll it takes on your face becomes significant over time.
10. Avoid Alcohol
Even if you like to drink your usual glass of wine at dinner, the difference it makes in your appearance is noticeable. Those of us that drink wine every day or most days of the week, become used to a puffy or bloated look.
Once you stop drinking alcohol, you'll be amazed at how much better your appearance will look. Alcohol dehydrates your skin, causes inflammation, and makes you look puffy. Even small amounts have a noticeable effect on your skin.
If you want a radiant glow in the morning, skip alcohol the day before. It is guaranteed to make a difference in your skin's health.
Which of these 10 tips will you start to make part of your bedtime routine tonight?