Beauty Sleep

Sleeping Beauty Looks Amazing For a Reason | Beauty Sleep

Night time is a critical time when it comes to improving skin health. Elevated body temperature, increased cell turnover, and hormonal changes that boost blood flow all work together to repair the skin while sleeping. While these changes naturally occur in the body, certain skincare products can be more effective when used in conjunction with the processes that occur during sleep. There are a few healthy habits that can be implemented into a bedtime routine (And you wonder why Sleeping Beauty looks so good) to assist the natural skin repair process.

Apply a Moisturizer

Due to a higher body temperature, the body loses moisture throughout the night while sleeping. This can cause skin to feel dry and as if it has aged the next morning. To combat this feeling, apply moisturizer liberally all over the body. Moisturizers that combine moisture agents with exfoliating acids offer the benefits of replenishing the skin’s moisture content while gently removing dead skin cells, leaving the skin smoother and better enabling moisturizers to penetrate deeper levels of the skin.

Cleanse Skin Nightly

When using nighttime anti-aging or skin repair products, having clean skin before applying the product enables the cream to penetrate deeper layers of the skin. Cleansing also eliminates leftover makeup, dirt, and bacteria that can cause irritation and cause breakouts. Leaving makeup on the skin overnight particularly impeded cell renewal. This can make the skin appear older because the cells that are left in tact are indeed older than they otherwise would be due to the slower turnover rate. Leaving dirt and residue on the face also eliminates the opportunity to take advantage of the increased blood flow and other processes the body experiences while sleeping for the purpose of improving skin on its own.

Using a gentle cleanser before bed can lift away dirt, makeup, and environmental debris that settles during the day. This can help pores remain tight and the skin remain smooth and free of breakouts. People should also combine nighttime cleansing with products that target their individual conditions. For example, a person with extra dry skin should definitely not skip out on a strong skincare routine by adding a moisturizer while acne prone skin should be treated with a product that minimizes the clogging of pores. Whether you are a male or female (guys, you can’t ignore cleaning your face – even when you’re playing GTA-V or clashing kingdoms in Clash Royale), you need to develop discipline to maintain even a decent “look”.

Use a Retinoid

Retinoids are derived from Vitamin A and are among the most recommended topical agents. These products help skin retain a youthful appearance; however, they are less effective when exposed to sunlight. Therefore, retinoids should be applied at bedtime for best results. Benefits of using these products include faster cell turnover and increased collagen production, which can help smooth fine lines and wrinkles and eliminate brown spots. Retinods should be used every other night at first to acclimate the skin and minimize side effects. Formulas that combine retinol with niacin are recommended.

Skincare is not limited to cleansing, moisturizing, and applying a sunblock during the day. Nighttime habits can also impact the health and appearance of the skin. Mechanisms that naturally take place in the body while sleeping at night present an opportune time to boost skin health overnight. By working with these mechanisms it is possible to not only maintain beautiful, clear, healthy skin, but to work in conjunction with these bodily processes to see drastic improvement in skin that may have issues.

On its own, the body has a remarkable self-regulating method of improving the health of its skin. While people who do not have problems with their skin may not age quickly or see a rapid decline in the health of their skin by not implementing a nighttime routine, not forming habits that support healthy skin translates to missed opportunities that the body provides to improve the condition of the skin and keep it at its best.

Revamping Your Beauty Routine

Revamping Your Beauty Routine

From cosmetics to accessories, it can be hard to change your beauty routine when you have used the same cosmetics and worn the same styles for many years. Luckily, there are some new products, technology and techniques on the market that allow you to create a stunning new look with just a little time.


Go Organic

New, organic skin care products can be the ideal way to revamp your beauty routine. Look for natural ingredients like shea butter, vitamin E and cocoa butter to keep skin soft and smooth without the chemicals that are in some beauty products. You don’t always have to invest in organic when you want to change your routine. Instead, opt for organic for the products that you use most frequently to reduce the amount of toxins absorbed by your skin on a daily basis.


Think Seasonal

If you are using the same skin care throughout the year, you will definitely want to reconsider the products that you use. Seasonal beauty care is an important way to revamp your beauty routine if you want to have flawless skin throughout the year. You should use a sunscreen in all seasons but during the winter you may also want to begin using a high quality moisturizer for your skin. Use your moisturizer directly out of the shower for maximum skin softening benefits. If you have particularly dry skin during the winter, you will want to avoid moisturizers that contain alcohol since it can cause a burning sensation and may cause skin to become drier. Instead, opt for a lotion that contains mineral oil or a natural moisturizer to boost skin elasticity and beat uncomfortable winter skin.

During the summer, you need a sunscreen that fits your lifestyle. If you spend more time outdoors, opt for an SPF 30 rather than the SPF 15 that is usually recommended. Try a moisturizer that contains a bronzing agent instead of using traditional self-tanning lotion for a golden, rather than orange, glow that won’t harm your skin the way sun does. You can also opt for a lighter moisturizer during the summer. Make sure to moisturize your face and neck with a high quality night cream to help fight aging and look your best throughout the year. If you enjoy playing computer games like subway surfers and prefer to stay indoors, then don’t put so much sunscreen, unless where you’re seated is near the window where sunlight streams in.


Rethink Cosmetics

A colorful new shade of eyeshadow, a burst of deep red lipstick or a touch of bronzer may be just enough to give you a new look at an affordable cost. Look for seasonal shades that are trendy to really revamp your beauty routine. Changing it up is the key to boosting your style. If you already have five coral colored lipsticks, opt for something new even if coral is a trending color for the season.

The application techniques that you use can also be changed up to add a new look using the same colors that you always wear. Try using eyeliner to create a cat’s eye look by sweeping the pencil up slightly at the corner, or create a full smoky eye using eyeliner and dark colored eyeshadow. One thing to remember is that you should use colors that work well with your skin tone. If you are still wearing the same color blue eyeshadow from that you wore when you were a teenager, visit a makeup technician at a local boutique to find new colors and styles to turn your cosmetics into a totally new style.


Must-Have Products

Using a basic moisturizer is always recommended but you may be missing out on some benefits if moisturizer is all that you are using. Try adding an exfoliant, or using exfoliating soap, before you shave to keep legs smoother for a much longer period of time. You will also want to exfoliate to remove dead skin cells before using a self-tanner or bronzer to ensure you get a smooth, even application.

One must-have product that everyone needs is a signature scent. Traditional perfumes are an easy option. You can also try creating your own blends using essential oils in a base of sweet almond oil and vodka or alcohol. Add the base note, middle note and top notes to create a scent that is uniquely you. With some basic steps, you can revamp your beauty routine and change the way you look and feel in minutes.