Settling down for a cozy sleep in one’s bed is the best thing to do after a long and tiring day. In the rush to fall asleep, many are least bothered to even wipe away the dirt and grime from their faces. Scientific researchers have found that your skin and body rejuvenates itself at night. New skin cells are regenerated in response to the damage induced by excessive sun exposure, pollution, and stress. Not keeping it clean can slow down the reparative processes.
Here are 6 natural tips you should practice before going to bed so that your skin feels great and wonderful from within.
1. Cleanse Your Skin With Lemon And Honey
Your skin needs to breathe too. If its skin pores are clogged with dust, sweat or makeup, you should get rid of them before going to bed. Rather than using a chemical-laden cleanser, use a homemade one with honey and lemon. Both have a strong antimicrobial action along with intense moisturization capacity.
All you have to do is mix a tablespoon of honey with a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice and apply it all over your face and neck. Wash it off after 20 minutes with lukewarm water to reveal clear skin.1
2. Remove Makeup With Coconut Oil
Makeup products are filled with harmful chemicals which shouldn’t stay on your face for a long duration. One among the abundant benefits of coconut oil is its action as a safe and non-toxic makeup remover. After cleansing your face, gently massage your face with coconut oil for 15 minutes and use a clean tissue to wipe away all traces of makeup from your face.2
3. Tone Your Skin With Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has an effective astringent action. If you have sensitive skin that’s prone to breakouts, it’s high time you use apple cider vinegar as a toner. All you have to do is mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 2 tablespoons of water and apply the mixture all over your face with a clean cotton ball. Your skin will appear much healthier with regular application.3
4. Exfoliate It With An Oatmeal Scrub
Exfoliating with a gentle scrub is the best way to remove dead and old skin and make way for new ones to form. You should do it at least once or twice a week to get rid of whiteheads and blackheads too. Oatmeal scrubs are great for exfoliation as they can normalize skin pH without irritating it. Here’s how you can make an oatmeal scrub.4
- 1 tablespoon of finely ground organic oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon of finely ground organic brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey
- In a blender, grind all the dry ingredients and honey into a coarse powder.
- Wet your face and massage the scrub all over the face in circular motions.
- Rinse away after 10 minutes and pat dry.
5. Use An Egg White Face Mask
The last step in your skincare routine at night should involve using a face mask made with egg whites. Egg whites are rich in proteins which can tighten skin, shrink pores and thereby prevent the appearance of wrinkles. An egg white face mask leaves the skin feeling firm and fresh from within.
All you have to do is beat an egg white with a teaspoon of lemon juice and apply it all over your skin. Wash it off after 20 minutes with lukewarm water.
6. Give Your Skin A Silky Touch
Several studies have found that sleeping on your chest with your face squished against the pillow can lead to the formation of sleep lines. These wrinkles are very common on people who don’t sleep on their backs. Premature wrinkles like these can be seen on one side of the face, chest, and neck in a majority of side sleepers.5
You can avoid this by either training yourself to sleep on your back or if that’s not working, you can use satin or silk pillowcases to prevent your skin from getting creased. In addition to getting quality sleep which is crucial for your skin health, the right sleeping position also ensures how healthy your skin is.
Follow these simple steps to show some tender love and care for your skin every night for a healthy and radiant glow.
|↑1||Ediriweera, E. R. H. S. S., and N. Y. S. Premarathna. “Medicinal and cosmetic uses of bee’s honey–A review.” Ayu 33, no. 2 (2012): 178.|
|↑2||Sethi, Anisha, Tejinder Kaur, S. K. Malhotra, and M. L. Gambhir. “Moisturizers: The slippery road.” Indian journal of dermatology 61, no. 3 (2016): 279.|
|↑3||Wang, Yanhan, Sherwin Kuo, Muya Shu, Jinghua Yu, Stephen Huang, Ashley Dai, Richard L. Gallo, and Chun-Ming Huang. “Staphylococcus epidermidis in the human skin microbiome mediates fermentation to inhibit the growth of Propionibacterium acnes: implications of probiotics in acne vulgaris.” Applied microbiology and biotechnology 98, no. 1 (2014): 411-424.|
|↑4||Michelle Garay, M. S., M. B. A. Judith Nebus, and B. A. Menas Kizoulis. “Anti-inflammatory activities of colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa) contribute to the effectiveness of oats in treatment of itch associated with dry, irritated skin.” Journal of Drugs in Dermatology 14, no. 1 (2015): 43-48.|
|↑5||Poljsak, Borut, Aleksandar Godic, Tomaž Lampe, and Raja Dahmane. “The influence of the sleeping on the formation of facial wrinkles.” Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy 14, no. 3 (2012): 133-138.|