It’s a well-known fact that getting seven to eight hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep each night is crucial for maintaining optimal brain and body functions, and waking up completely rested, energized and alert. However, the way you choose to sleep and the little rituals you do before bed can be highly beneficial to more than just your health – they can also be essential for maintaining young, vibrant skin and healthy, beautiful hair.
So, if you want to get the most out of your beauty sleep, here are some routines you should start practicing every night:
The way you choose to sleep and the rituals you do before bed can be highly beneficial to your health and for maintaining young, vibrant skin and healthy hair.
1. Prepare your body for the night
Changing from your everyday clothes into pajamas for bedtime is almost like a symbolic representation of switching from the busy energy you had during the day to a more restorative nighttime state. That is why it’s essential to do this right before going to bed (instead of lounging in your PJs all day) and always choose sleepwear that makes you feel comfortable and luxurious. It would also be a great idea to indulge in a calming bath or shower before bed, as it will help you sleep better by completely relaxing your muscles, while relieving you of tension and stress, and allowing you to cleanse your mind of the day you just had.
2. Indulge in a great skincare routine
In order to help your skin restore and replenish during the night, and wake up with a glowing complexion, it’s vital to create an effective nighttime skincare routine. First, start with a great cleanser that will get rid of makeup and dirt that’s accumulated during the day, and then follow it up with a toner to balance your skin and even out your complexion. Choose a specialized serum that will target your specific skin issues, such as brightening or pore-reducing, and finish your routine off with a thicker, heavier moisturizer that will allow you to wake up in the morning with smooth, supple and hydrated skin.
3. Ensure your bed is always clean
Although we remember to wash our sheets regularly, we hardly ever think about cleaning our mattress. However, not only can built-up dirt, bacteria and allergens clog our pores and cause breakouts, they could also cause allergic reactions or more serious health issues. That is why it’s essential to make sure your mattress is spotless by following a great TheSleepTalk guide for cleaning and maintaining mattresses. Not only will this allow your bed to feel more comfortable and last longer, but it can also help you maintain your beauty. Make sure to change your bedding frequently as well, at least once a week, and always opt for natural materials, such as cotton or linen, as this will help you avoid common skin issues, such as acne, irritation and inflammation.
4. Don’t forget about your hair
A good night’s sleep shouldn’t only benefit the beauty of your skin and face; your hair needs to feel some love as well. If you tend to wash your hair in the morning, saturate an overnight mask, treatment or oil through your hair to nourish and replenish it while you sleep, and wake up with silky smooth strands. To protect your hair during those nights when you skip on washing, and maintain your hairstyle, wrap your hair in a silk scarf or use a silk scrunchie to put it in a loose bun or ponytail. It might also be a good idea to swap out your pillow with a silk alternative, or use a silk pillowcase, as it’s much gentler on your hair, helping you avoid tangles, frizz, breakage and split ends.
5. Practice a few calming rituals
The last step to any nighttime routine should be finding the most calming and relaxing ritual you can practice every night before bed, in order to fall asleep more quickly and experience quality, sound, uninterrupted sleep. This ritual could be anything from playing some mellow music that helps you unwind and drinking a soothing cup of chamomile or peppermint tea to de-stress and relax, to practicing mindful meditation for ten to fifteen minutes each night, in order to focus, center and quiet your mind. Regardless of which calming practice you opt for, the key is to find something that will quickly and efficiently ease you into essential beauty sleep.
If you want to wake up with luscious hair and a glowing complexion, and look absolutely stunning before you even start your morning beauty routine, these incredible tips will help you get the ultimate relaxing and restorative beauty sleep. But apart from that, better quality sleep will have a magnificent effect on your overall health, especially your mental health.
Guest post by Sophia Smith
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