If you have a look at most skincare tips out there, they all revolve around things you can do to fix bad skin problems. Rarely will you see someone talk about the reasons for your bad skin. Well, that will change today as I’ve got a very intriguing article for you. As you can probably tell by the title, there’s a strong link between your bedtime routine and the health of your skin. Specifically; your routine may well be ruining your precious skin.
Before I dive into things, it’s worth clarifying what a bedtime routine actually is. Essentially, it refers to everything you do before bedtime, but also while you sleep. So, this might mean your skincare routine before getting into bed, but it also refers to how you sleep and the amount of sleep you get. All of this will be made clearer as you read on. The best way to make this point is to take a look at some of the things you might be doing, and explain why they’re bad for your skin.
You Sleep In An Environment That’s Too Warm
We all like to be nice and cosy when we sleep. There’s nothing worse than shivering away in your bed or trying to sleep when it’s boiling hot. Sleeping in a cold setting isn’t strictly bad for your skin, it’s when you sleep in the warmth that does the damage. Mainly, sleeping in a warm environment can make you sweat more while you sleep, and this sweat eventually dries on your face. As a result, you end up with irritated skin – much like when you exercise and don’t wash the sweat off your face right away. This means you can easily end up with breakouts, causing spots all over your forehead.
Why is it too hot in your sleeping environment? The obvious reason is the general temperature. If it’s hot outside, then it’s hot in your room. To counter this, try sleeping with your window slightly open to let some air in and cool down your room. Or, the reason could be that you’re sleeping under too many layers. In which case, consider sleeping with no blanket, or at least a thinner one. But, in a lot of cases, the cause of all this heat is your mattress. Some types of mattress can retain heat very well, which makes you exceptionally hot when you fall asleep. To counter this, you should think about investing in a mattress that’s more breathable. Gel mattresses are good for this, and you can check out the sleep experience for the Brentwood Bamboo Gel 13 Mattress if you’re interested in learning more about them. Essentially, you need to think about what could be causing the extra heat in your room, and then address it. Doing this helps you cool down, and sweat less while you sleep.
You Sleep With Your Makeup On
We’ve all done it, and it’s one of the biggest mistakes you can make during your bedtime routine. After a long hard day of doing whatever it is you’ve been doing, you finally get into bed. It’s only now you realize that you’ve not taken your makeup off. Oh well, what harm can it do? In fact, some people purposely do this, so they save time the next morning by not having to do their makeup again! Needless to say, it’s clearly bad for your skin to do this. Makeup can lead to irritation, which causes spots and skin issues. Many people that leave their makeup on will wake up the next day and find spots or red marks of irritation on their face.
The good news is, unlike with the first problem, there’s only one key thing to contend with here. All you have to do is make sure you don’t forget to take your makeup off. One thing I’ve been doing is leaving makeup wipes on the bedside table, so I can just reach over and use them if I get into bed before taking my makeup off. It takes a few minutes, and your skin will thank you for the rest of your life.
You’re Not Washing Your Face Before Bed
Washing your face before bed is essential if you want to take care of your skin. We all now that using a cleansing solution is a great skincare tip. This helps get rid of all the dirt and muck on our face – including dried sweat – that’s accumulated throughout the day. Removing your makeup does some of this, but it still doesn’t properly clean your face, so you should try and do this as well. Fail to wash your face before bed, and you’re basically just letting your skin bathe in dirt and bacteria for eight hours – not good!
The best thing to do is use a face wash as a cleanser for 5 nights of the week. But, on 2 nights, switch to an exfoliating wash to get a deep clean. Then, follow up with some night time moisturizer to keep your face hydrated as you sleep. You’ll wake up with a fresh face that’s nice and clean.
You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep
Finally, a quick point on how a lack of sleep harms your skin. For one, it leads to horrible black bags under your eyes. But, it can also lead to crows feet and wrinkles. If you’re not getting at least 8 hours every night, then you’re going to end up with bad skin.
Aim to be in bed at the same time every night, as this gets you into a nice rhythm. Avoid caffeine for a good few hours before going to bed, as this can keep you up. Focus on relaxing before you get into bed, and you’ll fall asleep for the entire time without any disruptions.
As you can now see, your bedtime routine might be ruining your skin. Are you guilty of any of the things mentioned here? If you are, then use the advice to improve your routine and make your skin much healthier.
See you next time!