How To Get Better Skin Whilst You Sleep
Sleep on Your Back
Sleeping on your back can make a huge difference to your skin in the long-run. When you sleep on your side, your face gets compressed into your pillow – when this is repeated night after night, it causes short-term creases which can develop into permanent lines.
If my skin needs some extra help, I’ll reach for Alpha H’s Liquid Gold. Applied before bed, its AHA-rich formula gets to work on dead skin cells, penetrating deep into the pores for a deep cleanse and to eradicate spot-causing bacteria. If you suffer from a dull complexion or are prone to blemishes, try this a couple of times a week before bed but remember to use an SPF during the day because acids will make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
What You Eat Matters
To wake up with defined cheekbones, eat a high-protein, low-sugar dinner and skip the rice, pasta and potatoes. When your diet is high in refined carbohydrates, your features can take on a soft appearance. A handful of Brazil nuts or walnuts before bed instead can also help you fall asleep faster and guarantee adequate beauty sleep.
Get A Boost
If your skin needs a subtle boost of colour but you’re wary of using fake tan, especially in the winter months, start adding a few drops of Hylamide Booster Glow Serum, £20, into your moisturiser a couple of nights a week. It contains melanin peptides, which gradually work to add a glow to the complexion.
Swapping your regular pillowcase for a silk one can really help to support your skin. Unlike cotton, silk allows the skin to slide, so it won’t pull or tug, which reduces crease lines and marks across your face, neck and décolletage. Plus, as a non-absorbent fabric, silk won’t deplete your moisture levels or absorb precious night creams.
If you’re not yet using a retinol as part of your skincare regime, now’s the time. New formulations and improved science mean retinol is now suitable for even the most sensitive of skin. By working to stimulate collagen production. Retinol can, over time, make a dramatic difference to both texture and tone.