The phrase ‘beauty sleep’ is quite common and it is not just a term coined t encourage people to sleep more because sleep can have some actual beauty benefits. However, it is hard for most people to believe that sleep helps with beauty because they always wake up with tangled hair and wrinkled up faces. But, before you discredit beauty sleep you should know that there are several things that you can do to improve the health of your skin and hair as you sleep.
Here are some of these helpful beauty sleep tips for hair and skin.
#1 Sleep on the Back
Even if you do not like to sleep on your back you need to consider it if you want to improve the appearance and health of your skin and hair. Sleeping on the back can help to keep wrinkles in check or at least delay their formation. And this should be very obvious because it means that you will not be pressing and squeezing your face against pillows and sheets all night long.
#2 Invest in Silk
As you embark on your goal to improve your skin and hair when sleeping, you will need to change your beddings. Start by investing in a silk pillowcase and some satin sheets. Silk is not only gentler on your skin, but its texture will soften soft lines and wrinkles because there is less friction between the pillowcase and your skin. Also, silk will be easier on your hair as it will help to prevent tangles and breakage. Satin sheets, on the other hand, will also cause less friction than cotton and are hence less likely to cause hair and skin damage.
#3 Elevate Your Head
Elevating your head is also part of the sleep position changes that you should be making as you try to get some beauty sleep. And besides from making your sleep more comfortable it also helps to de-buff the bags that form under the eyes. Elevation does this by forcing the fluid around the eyes to drain. Also, it helps to encourage you to sleep on the back, and there will also be less friction when you keep your head elevated. You can get a thick enough pillow to help with the elevation or you can even use a couple of pillows.
As important as it might be to remove makeup before jumping into bed, you will also need to moisturize your skin and hair before sleep. Makeup clogs your pores and irritates the eyes, but this should not be an excuse for not moisturizing your skin. Use an anti-aging cream (like Korres Wild Rose Brightening Moisturizer) before going to bed as it will attract water to your skin and this will help to smooth wrinkles. Also, moisturize your eyelashes with the right conditioner and apply any other moisturizing agent to your skin and hair that will be beneficial during the skin’s repair cycle as you sleep.
#5 Use a Humidifier
There are some things like night lights for adults and humidifiers that you need to have in your sleep chamber to improve the quality of sleep that you get. Humidifiers are essential for keeping your skin and hair moisturized, and so you should always keep one running as you sleep. And this is more so during the dry and cold days. Also humidifying the room can help to prevent snoring or at least minimize it and also allow the moisturizers that you apply to do their job. But also make sure that you go for humidifiers filter free as they are easier to maintain and most tend to be more efficient.
#6 Get Enough Sleep
There are many things that you can do to improve the health and appearance of your hair and skin as you sleep. However, none of them will be helpful enough if you do not get enough sleep. And so even as you change your beddings, moisturize the skin and humidify the sleeping chamber you should also ensure that you are getting enough sleep. Aim to sleep for at least eight hours every night. Getting enough shut-eye will help to reduce stress and improve your overall health all of which will benefit your skin and hair. And so you will notice some significant changes in your hair and skin just by going to bed a few hours early.
Sleep gives your skin and hair time to repair. But, you can also help to make it more useful by changing some sleeping habits, doing certain things and also avoiding others. Our tips above highlight some easy ways to get the beauty sleep that you desire, but there also many things that you need to do such as staying hydrated and avoiding certain kinds of foods before bed. All in all, sleep is vital for the health and appearance of your skin and hair and so it is important to make sure that you always get maximum benefits from it every other night.