Many people search relentlessly for methods that ensure they can wake up looking fresh and invigorated, so today, I’ve got 5 secrets I’d like to share with you on this topic.
Cleanliness is extremely important when going through your pre-sleep preparations; we can help our skin to relax by massaging it as we wash our face, while also removing any dirt that accumulated throughout the day. For women, general face wash products may not be sufficient. If you wear makeup, you should be using a cleansing but sensitive makeup remover to help reduce the presence of any makeup that could be trapped inside pores, potentially causing blockages and spots.
Your skin care regime is absolutely essential due to skin requiring nutrients and moisture at all times. Try to find skin care products that contain just the right amount of nutrients and moisturizing agents, while being careful to select trustworthy brands. You can use an oil-based lip balm to moisturize your lips, and if you have spots or blackheads, you may want to consult your regular doctor in order to receive advice on suitable medication to treat the condition.
Pillow cases are often overlooked in this regard with many people waking up looking less than fresh due to their pillow cases being too harsh or irritating to their skin. Try to find a pillow case that is both soft, and the correct fit for your pillow as any excess cloth could lead to irritation of your skin while asleep. Also, don’t forget to launder your pillow cases at least once a week to keep them sufficiently clean.
The hours between 10pm and 2am are of huge significance to the state of your body as growth hormones – which repair damaged skin cells, leaving skin looking fresh and feeling strong – are produced during this time. Hence, those who regularly sleep late will likely miss out on this window of opportunity!
When getting ready for sleep, try to forget about all the stress of the day and concentrate on breathing rhythmically – similar to how you would breathe when meditating – as you drift off to sleep. This will help you get a better night’s sleep, with longer periods of deep sleep. The body uses our time in deep sleep to recalibrate our mood and release the stress which we may have been carrying around with us, and this is another key factor behind great-looking skin as stress is a major cause of skin degeneration.
M.D., Faculty of Medicine Rangsit University. , 2012