There’s this whole beauty routine I do right before I go to sleep. To be honest- I am a lazy girl, so I’m keeping my sleep time routine quick and simple.
Our skin cells are constantly working, even when we’re asleep. Beauty sleep isn’t just having the 8 hours of sleep – the night is the only time our skin isn’t exposed to external factors such as bacteria or sun. Of course you should take advantage of this, by applying products that will improve your beauty while you’re sleeping.
Remove all makeup
I can not stress this enough. Removing your makeup is the first and most important thing to do before you go to sleep. Even if you don’t wear makeup, a shower and a face cleaning is a must do. The bacteria and makeup leftovers picked up during the day will penetrate and damage your skin while you’re asleep. You will end up waking up with a messy, dull looking skin if you choose to wear your makeup to bed. So, don’t let those germs get to your skin and make sure you clean it before you fall asleep.
Apply a moisturizer
After you’ve cleaned your face, apply your favorite night cream. Night creams and moisturizers are heavier in structure – they have plenty of time to do their work and make you wake up with pretty, refreshed skin!
After my night cream sets, I apply anti-acne treatments to my problem areas (if necessary).
Don’t forget the lips!
I’ve had dry lips my whole life, and applying a lip butter before going to bed has made my lips feel smoother and softer in the morning. A lip butter is a great choice since it’s very nourishing and it’s a heavier, more moisturizing alternative to a lip balm (which I use during the daytime). I use the Nivea Smooth Kiss lip butter, it’s an affordable moisturizing balm packed in a cute little tin jar 🙂 .
If your lips look chapped and dry you should definitely treat them while you’re asleep. It’s the only time you’re not eating, drinking, smoking or kissing!
Brush your hair
Brushing your hair regularly is quite important: your scalp is producing some natural nourishing oils that need to make their way to the ends. It will also help you deal with the tangled mess in the morning. So, brush away!
Apply a hand cream
My hands suffer mostly during the winter; the skin on my hands gets so dry to the point of breaking out and even appearance of little cuts. So I’m always taking care of my hands: before going to bed, I apply some extra moisturizing cream that will work during the night. I can’t use a thicker moisturizer during the day since I’m always doing things and washing my hands, so that’s why I’m having lighter hand lotions during the day, and keep the heavier for the night time. Right now my favorites are the Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk hand cream and the Neutrogena Fast Absorbing hand cream. Both are softening, soothing and rich in moisture.
Applying a hand cream before you go to sleep will not only nourish your skin, but will also improve your nails and cuticles.
Use a pillow mist
Having a calm, relaxing environment will help you get some good sleep. One of the things I do to relax and have a nice undisturbed sleep is adding some fresh scent in my room. More precisely, a pillow mist. Spraying just a bit of a pillow mist will help you relax, calm down, and will improve your sleep. You can choose the perfect mist for you at a drugstore – or you can do it yourself. Check out my pillow mist recipe here: DIY natural homemade pillow mist.
What is your bedtime routine like? Let me know in the comments below!
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