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4 Things NOT To Do At Night for Your Skin

by kelly / January, 23 2019 01:30

Photo of pug resting on the best while its owner sleeps

Nighttime is when our skin gets to rest and replenish itself. It’s important that we give our skin the right kind of skin care love before bed. Doing good by your skin at night can make a world of difference in the morning and long term. So let’s make sure you’re not making these common four faux pas at night and giving your skin the fabulous rest it deserves…

Going to Bed with a Dirty Face

I know after a long day all we want to do is hop into bed and forget about the day. But please take two minutes before you do and wash your face. Why? Because dirt, pollution, and makeup build up which can lead to clogged pores and ultimately breakouts. Two minutes will save you from hours/days/years of pain.

Sleeping on Dirty Pillowcases

Do you know by the end of the week your pillowcases are swarming with bacteria and dead skin cells? That’s not so cozy or good for nighttime skin care. And here’s a fun fact from the American Academy of Dermatology - clean sheets and pillowcases are essential for clearing back acne.

The AAD recommends changing pillowcases twice a week. I know I’m adding more laundry to your list of to dos but again your skin will thank you in the long run.

Sleeping in a Dry Environment

There aren’t many benefits to dry skin. Dry skin can itch, flake, crack, and even bleed. The cracking and bleeding part (on my lips) actually happened to me overnight because my sleeping environment was too dry. Don’t damage your skin, like I unfortunately did, at night with poor air quality.

The best thing I did to combat my dry sleep environment was to add a humidifier. A humidifier is also recommended by the AAD to help with dry skin as it can add much needed moisture into the air.

Too Much Partying

Ok I was having a little fun with this title. And I’m not anti-party, I’m just anti-not getting enough sleep. The best thing for your skin is a good night’s rest.

Poor sleep can immediately show on our skin (believe me I know being a mom to a toddler!). Studies have shown that sleep deprivation negatively affects our facial appearance especially as it relates to our skin, eyes, and mouth.

If you want to see the full studies check them out below:

So next time you head out to celebrate just make sure it doesn’t come at the expense of your sleep.

Things TO DO for Your Skin

Now that we’ve got the list of not to dos down – find out the many things you can do to make your skin glow. Some easy wins for your skin include wearing sunscreen and moisturizing everyday. And check out our Skin Care blog series for even more ideas.

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