When your mum told you to get your beauty sleep, she was right: a good night’s sleep is essential to your health and excellent for your skin. Plus, you can use the time when you’re catching Zzzzs to sleep away wrinkles with these simple tricks and treatments.
Moisture is Your Friend
Dry skin leads to wrinkles but an easy way to deal with dryness is by sleeping with a humidifier in the room, which put moisture back in the air. The added moisture helps prevent dull, flaky skin, and you may notice that you are sleeping better and your sinuses and throat are less dry. (Your plants will also thank you!) Just be sure to use distilled or mineral-free water; change the water daily; clean the humidifier once a week; and change filters as directed.
The Beauty of Creams & Serums
Night creams are generally heavier versions of creams and lotions that you use on your face during the day. To avoid and fight wrinkles, many dermatologists and spa estheticians recommend applying a serum each night, followed by a moisturising cream–after you carefully cleanse your face. There are thousands of serums and creams on the market, from drugstore products to high-end brands, and it can be challenging to choose the ones best suited for your skin. The next time you have a facial or skin checkup, ask your doctor or aesthetician for suggestions and options.
If you like to make your own beauty products, aloe vera can do wonders while you sleep. Smooth a thin layer over your face and let its healing, soothing qualities do their work. Just be sure you are using pure aloe vera, which is easily found in vitamin and retail stores and online.
Masks are Popular for Good Reasons
Masks have been a craze for several years and many beauty lovers are obsessed with Korean sheet masks, which are formulated to treat common skin types from dry to oily, combination to normal, and more. For added benefits, some masks can be left on over-night, especially versions formulated to restore moisture, but read the label and check with an expert at the beauty counter before you spend the night sleeping in your favourite.
For an intensive treatment, we like to sleep the night away in a thin layer of Peter Thomas Roth’s Cucumber Gel Mask, recommended for all skin types. And Dr. Jart’s Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask is said to strengthen the skin barrier and lock in moisture and nutrients while you “beauty sleep.”*
Don’t Forget Your Tootsies
Hands and feet can also get wrinkled, aka dry and cracked. Slathering on a moisturising cream or oil and sleeping in cotton socks and gloves can do the trick. The socks and gloves hold in moisture and your skin will likely be softer by the next morning.
Many beauty experts say sleeping on a silk pillowcase, rather than cotton, can prevent wrinkles. The premise is that your skin slides on silk, rather than crunching up in folds.
* Please note that these products are US specific and may or may not be available at your local beauty store or online.