Sleep remains underrated when it comes to activities that are good for the body. What most people don’t like about getting sleep is the fact that they can’t multitask through bedtime. When you’re asleep, you can’t work, eat, or catch up on everything else you need to do when you’re awake. People will deny themselves as much sleep as they can, sometimes taking just a few minutes of nap when it’s crunch time.
This has negative long-term effects on your body, including your skin. If you’ve ever noticed your skin looking dull, it might not be your skincare products to blame. It might be your lack of sleep. The good news is there are a lot of lifestyle fixes that will help you get better sleep and, consequently, better skin. Here are some of them:
Eat Hours Before Bedtime
One of the reasons you’re unable to sleep well is because you eat too late and too close to bedtime. This doesn’t give your body enough time to digest what you ate, and to use up the energy you’ve consumed. If your bedtime is nine o’clock, eat as early as six in the evening to give your body plenty of time to digest the food. Avoid high-calorie food at night, too. These tend to keep you up at night, and they might even lead to restless sleep.
Many are torn when it comes to drinking milk at night, with some saying it doesn’t help you calm down, contrary to what you’ve been made to believe when you were a child. Milk, however, is good for the skin, so go ahead and get that glass before bed.
Remove Your Makeup Completely
The time it takes you to do your skincare routine at night pays off while you sleep. Going to bed with clean skin means there are no clogged pores to cause breakouts in the morning. Make it a habit to remove everything, from the foundation to the eyebrow makeup online purchased. Everything you use on your skin leaves some form of residue, and when it’s time for bed, you want all of these gone. Of course, you should cleanse, tone, and exfoliate before bed. Leave a night serum and eye cream on, to do their wonders while you get some shut-eye. These products may come with soothing ingredients such as chamomile, which will help you get better sleep as well.
Exercise Before Bed
If you have a stressful job and you have a hard time sleeping, it might be the stress that’s keeping you from sleep. When you’re stressed, your body releases hormones that trigger the fight-or-flight response. Stress hormones are also linked to acne and pimples, which is why you notice them after a night of poor sleep. Releasing the energy produced by your body in response to stress will help you calm down enough to have a restful sleep.
The suggestion that you should think happy thoughts before bedtime might not be too far-fetched after all. When you think of good things, you’re more calm and less stressed, which will help you prepare for bed.