Your skin works hard to repair itself when you sleep, so here’s how to take advantage of this natural overnight healing process.
When you go to sleep every night, your body naturally enhances it’s ability to fight external and internal damage, which translates into a brighten and overall better complexion. Sleep reduces cortisol (the stress hormone), which is responsible for stretch marks, discoloration and thinning skin (think of a piece of fruit that has been sitting out for too long). When you sleep, your body also increases melatonin (the sleep hormone), which acts like an antioxidant to combat fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Having a good night’s rest is crucial to helping repair and regenerate collagen-b=producing cells.
To maximize your beauty sleep, follow this nightly skin routine to wake up with glowing and healthy skin.
Keep Your Skin Clean
Washing your face is critical before going to bed as it 1) removes damaging dirt and 2) makes your night cream work harder. By removing all makeup, oil and dirt before bed helps keep pores tight and your skin blemish-free. By applying anti-aging treatments after a cleansed face, they can penetrate deeper on a skin surface. For dry skin, look for a creamy cleanser like our H&H Antioxidant Cleanser for Dry Skin, or for more acne-prone or oily skin, try a gel formula like our H&H Pore Minimizing Cleanser.
Rejuvenate with a Retinol
Choose an anti-aging boost at night that packs real power. These Vitamin A derivatives are key to a youthful looking skin. Our H&H Science Retinol Smoothing Serum contains medical grade retinol and 90% green tea polyphenols. This medicinal level of green tea soothes redness and eliminates any of the dry, flaky skin that has been associated with retinol and retinoic acid.
Erase Dark Circles
Before bed, dot under your eyes with a retinol or hydrating eye cream. In a study by Elson, women who applied an under eye cream containing vitamin K and retinol every night for 12 weeks saw their dark circles improve 33%. Try our H&H Total Eye Repair our H&H Antioxidant Eye Cream with Vitamin C to help erase dark circles and firm and reduce wrinkles.
Apply a Nighttime Moisturizer
Plump and hydrate your skin to help disguise signs of aging and prevent further damage. For best results and to prevent water loss overnight, look for an overnight cream that is loaded with apple stem cells and peptides that work together to repair skin damage and promote healthy cellular growth, all the while helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Try our H&H Science Enriched Super Rich Moisturizer that is also packed with green tea polyphenols to help combat dryness and nourish skin back to optimal health.
Supplement Your Sleep
As we age, it’s important that we take care of our skin both inside and out. Taken twice in the morning and twice at night, our H&H Anti-Aging Formula helps promote skin radiance, provides antioxidant protection, supports collagen and elastin production, increases or normalizes skin cell turnover, provides anti-inflammatory benefits, speeds up the healing process of blemishes and helps hydrate and plump skin.
4 Sleep Tricks for Amazing Skin
Energize and invigorate your complexion with four easy adjustments to your nighttime routine:
- Switch to sleeping on your back. By lying on your stomach or side every night, your bedding and position can etch permanent sleep lines onto your skin. Solution: try switching to a satin pillowcase to prevent crinkles.
- Raise your head. To avoid puffy eyes, stack pillows behind your head each night. By keeping the fluids above heart-level, they won’t accumulate in your face.
- Invest in a humidifier. Sleeping in a room full of dry, hot hair can suck moisture from your skin. By investing in a humidifier, you’ll be adding that moisture back into the hair to help maintain soft, supple skin while you sleep.
- Get deeper sleep. Make sure to avoid caffeine and exercise for 3 to 6 hours before bedtime and keep your room dark and cook (65°F is the ideal temperature for sleep). Also make sure to better ensure a deeper sleep mode, you turn off the TV/phone for at least 1 hour before heading off to bed.
What are your nighttime skin care tips? Let us know in the comments below!