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Dream skin: 4 ways to get your skin sleeping better
For great skin sometimes all it takes is a good night's sleep...
A twenty minute nap can increase concentration, a forty-five minute nap can make you more alert, and a whole night of restful sleep can keep your skin looking great. No, you aren’t dreaming: Sleep can make your skin look better. Read on.
There is such a thing as the ‘anti-wrinkle’ sleeping position
The position you sleep in determines much more than just the quality of your sleep. Many of us do not choose how we sleep, as our instincts often guide us towards our preferred sleeping position. However, the ideal position - for your skin at least - is to sleep on your back. Not only does this keep your head and neck in a neutral position, it helps prevent premature lines from developing, since your face isn’t in direct contact with the pillow. Your skin is able to breathe, relax and benefit to the absolute max from the skincare products you apply before bed.
Sleep is your skin’s reset button
While you sleep your skin goes through a cell regeneration process. In order for it to work to maximum capacity it needs vitamins, nutrients and hydration. Look for hydrating creams, serums, oils, and masks that have antioxidants in them. Limit sodium intake at dinnertime so that you wake up less bloated, and make sure your room is totally dark to improve metabolism. And make sure you get enough shut eye – research has shown that if you’re sleep deprived, you’re compromising your skin barrier recovery function, which aggravates any existing skin conditions.
Tips and tricks to get your proper ‘beauty sleep’
-Sleep on your back: This is essential to avoid your pillow or sheets from rubbing against your face and causing creases on your face.
-Position your hair behind your head: This allows your face to breathe and be free.
-Invest in some silk sheets: These sheets are expensive, but are well worth the investment. Not only are they hypoallergenic, they help your skin retain moisture, keeping it more hydrated. Your hair can also benefit from silk sheets, as silk rubs less and creates less friction than other textures (like cotton).
-Change your sheets often: Wash your sheets and pillowcases frequently, at least every other week. A good idea is to also wash your pillows every three months.
Dreams really do come true: After a great night’s sleep, your skin will be glowing and radiant in no time.