Nighttime determines a lot of things. It determines whether you’ll get good sleep or not, how you’ll feel the next day, and it also determines how you’ll look the next day. A lot can happen within a few hours of unconsciousness; breakouts, dryness, and even wrinkles. But if you create a beauty care routine before you go to bed, you can make sure that the exact opposite happens.
You should start to see less breakouts, pinkness and discoloration, and have smoother and softer skin when you apply these tips to your every night beauty care.
Some of you won’t always have the time in the morning to take care of yourselves. So when you take the time at night to apply a few simple steps, you’ll also feel a lot more fresh, clean, and rejuvenated when the night is over (even if you have to wake up at five in the morning for work).
If you do have time in the morning for beauty care, then check out these 8 Beauty Habits You Should do in Your Morning Routine.
What You Should Drink
Warm drinks such as decaffeinated teas are great for bedtime, but what makes them even better is if they have great benefits to go along with them.
Turmeric is a spice that’s commonly associated with Indian dishes, but it also makes for an awesome detox drink before bed. Benefiting you skin with it’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, you’ll start to see the effects on your skin with less breakouts and redness. It’s also rich in antioxidants which are great for fighting skin aging.
No, I’m not suggesting that you go out into your yard, pick some dandelions, and put them in hot water. What I am suggesting though is for you to go to your local health store or buy dandelion tea online. This drink is packed with vitamins and minerals and will help cleanse and aid your system throughout the night. Detoxing your liver, it will also help against hormonal acne. Definitely a great replacement from regular sleepy-time tea.
Create Your Nighttime Go-To
Every night when I walk into the bathroom to get ready for bed, I have my nighttime go-to scrub. It’s easy to make and nourishes my skin; awesome for beauty care. I usually use ingredients that are already in my kitchen like olive oil, sugar, coffee, and coconut oil, but sometimes I indulge and buy oils at the store or online like jojoba and tea tree oil.
You don’t just want to use a face wash from the store, they don’t take away your dead skin cells like scrubs and open up your skin to take in the vitamins and antioxidants that the ingredients have to offer. You want to create something where you know what’s going into it and you know how it will benefit your skin.
I make enough of my nighttime go-to so that when I’m exhausted the other nights, I don’t even have to think about it, I just walk into the bathroom and apply the scrub to my skin. The easiest go-to (and my first scrub I ever made) is olive oil and sugar (although any other oils you have in your kitchen should do just fine). I use a 1:2 ratio, so 1/2 a cup of sugar and 1 cup of oil, but you can double or half this recipe for your beauty care (halving: 1/4 cup sugar, half cup oil | doubling: 1 cup sugar, 2 cups oil).
Make a Closet Run
One of the best ways to ensure that you’ll get a breakout on your face or another part of your body is to sleep in the same sheets and pillowcases for a week straight. Make a closet run twice a week (and every other night for your pillowcase) and change your bed so that when you’re done with your nightly beauty care routine, you’ll be able to pop into a clean bed for the night.
Quick Tip: If you don’t have the time at night to change your sheets and pillowcases, take a freshly washed bathroom towel, place it over your pillow, and sleep on it. This will ensure that no leftover sweat and dirt is getting onto your skin and you’ll stay breakout free.
Before you hop into bed, make sure your sheets and pillowcases stay cleaner longer by taking an exfoliating shower. Use your nighttime go-to scrub and take off any dead skin cells and dirt from your skin and moisturize it at the same time.
The Importance of This
Yes, you will be cleaner, but letting the oils on your face and body soak into your skin for the entire night is key. Nighttime leaves your skin undisturbed from constant hand washing and the elements. It’s a great time to let the oils nourish your skin and repair any damage that’s been done during the day.
For Your Sleep
Sleep on Your Back
Sleeping on your side or stomach is one of the ways wrinkles form. When you do this, your skin is pressed up against a pillow creating creases around your eyes and mouth. Start to get used to falling asleep on your back (or even buy a pillow that’s meant for side sleepers), so any amount of wrinkles will be reduced.
Get a Full 8 Hours
You know how you wake up, look at yourself in the mirror, and there are those dark circles under your eyes (that seem to show through makeup no matter what)? One of the best ways to reduce or get rid of them together is to get a full 8 hours of sleep. Dark circles are the result of stagnant blood in the vessels around the eyes because your body wasn’t allowed to circulate blood properly from little sleep.
Do what you need to at night to make sure that you’re able to get enough sleep (get things ready earlier for the next day and head to bed sooner), and wake up without any dark circles.
Use an Extra Pillow
I hate waking up in the morning with puffy eyes. One of the best ways to reduce this is to prop up your head with an extra pillow so that the fluids can drain from your face and you can wake up looking fresh.
We all want to wake up looking more beautiful in the morning, but we also want to take care of our looks for the long term effects. That’s why it’s so important to start a beauty care routine, whether at night or in the morning, so that our health and youth can last longer.
Now if you have any beauty care tips for a nightly (or morning) routine, email me or let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear what you have to say!