I think we can all agree that there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Between school, work, friends, and the annoying pull of social media, there are a million reasons why people don’t get enough sleep. With life getting in the way, and the inevitable nights of restlessness, chances are you aren’t sleeping as much sleep as you should be. While sometimes it may feel like you’re functioning just fine without a healthy 7 hours of rest, your skin is probably telling you otherwise. Here are some easy ways to get more sleep so you can improve your skin. With more sleep, not only will feel better, but you’ll look better too.
Calm Down and Practice Better Breathing
I know, easier said than done. But seriously, calm down. Extreme stress can wreck your sleep schedule and cause your skin to act up. How many times have you come home from a stressful day, put your head on the pillow and expected to drift into a deep sleep instantly? Have you ever been surprised to find that you actually ended up staying awake longer than usual? Stress from the day can keep your mind running and cause you to stay awake even when you’re pretty tired. In order to calm your mind and get some rest, practice deep breathing. This will slow your heart rate, increase the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream, and release harmful carbon dioxide that can be harmful to your skin. Christine Frissora, an associate professor of clinical medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, said “the stress hormone epinephrine allows gut bacteria to proliferate. The gut bacteria then bind to the intestinal wall and causes inflammation.” Practice deep breathing to keep your stress levels down and your skin clear of breakouts.
Drink More water- But Not Right Before Bed
Models all over the world swear drinking plenty of water is the key to their enviable skin- well your favorite supermodel might actually be on to something. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day will help rid your body of toxins, leaving you with a radiant glow. Although it’s important to consume a lot of water throughout the day, be sure to cut back on the liquids within 90 minutes of bedtime. The last thing you want is for your sleep to be disrupted because you have to use the bathroom.
Establish A Nighttime Routine
If you’re trying to achieve skin that makes it look as if you just stepped out of a reputable NYC spa, then your nighttime routine is going to have to consist of more than just brushing your teeth, splashing cold water on your face, and watching The Office until you finally doze off. To get a good night’s rest, you’re going to have to adopt an adequate wind-down routine. There are endless possible routines. To get your skin shining and your mind slowed down, try taking a warm shower then applying a cleanser like The Clean Truth Foaming Cleanser from Ole Henriksen. Follow that with a thick nighttime moisturizer like the Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm from Ren Clean Skincare. The ingredients from the skincare will keep your skin healthy while the routine will remind your body that it’s time for bed.
Slip into Proper Sleep Attire
While it’s sometimes easiest to sleep in the same oversized t-shirt you got in High School, it’s a good idea to add proper pajamas to your nighttime routine. Like the skincare, this will help your mind and body recognize that it’s time to go to bed. Try this comfy set from Anthropologie to get your brain recognizing that it’s time to recharge.
With these simple tips you’ll be well-rested, feeling and looking better than ever.
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