Friday, January 24, 2014

True Blue Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping hours are the best time to help your skin the most. You're not exposed to environmental pollutants or UV lights and your metabolic rate is lower. Your body can focus more on repairing the damage that has been done during the day. Any products you use will be that much more effective at night.

Here's a few tips to follow before bedtime:

  • CLEANSE - Wash all dirt, debris and oil. Even if you aren't wearing makeup. Cleansing your skin allows for effictive product penetration. Choose a gentle daily cleanser.
  • EXFOLIATE - Shedding the dull surface can make you sensitive to sun and other elements so its best to do this skin care step at night before bed, 2-3 times/week for oily skin and 1-2 times/week for dry skin types.
  • MOISTURIZE - Apply a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid or glycerin, which will attract and bind water to the skin. Especially during the winter months when the air is dry and the heat is on inside. You can also try a humidifier at night to implement moisture into the air.
  • CORRECT - Use an eye cream containing peptides for fine lines and dark circles. Also apply a moisturizing lip treatment such as Aquaphor by Eucerin. You could even use just straight Vitamin E or Petroleum jelly for your lips.
  • FACE UP - A huge part of aging is sleeping on your face. You lose circulation and fluid pools causing puffiness. Sleep on your back with 2 pillows under your head to keep blood flowing, If its too hard to change your sleep position, try a silk or satin pillow to minimize pulling of the skin.
A few changes in your routine will make a big difference.
In the morning, instead of a steamy hot shower, hold a washcloth soaked in cold water over your eyes. Cold helps calm and soothe, reducing inflammation and puffiness. Plus that'll sure wake you up!

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