Scientific studies prove that sleep is good for your skin. While you’re sleeping, stress hormone (cortisol) levels fall and your skin rejuvenates. But there are a few things that could be sabotaging your skin while you’re taking your beauty rest.
If you’re getting plenty of sleep, keeping up with your beauty routine and eating right but your skin is still not cooperating, take a closer look at your bedroom. Let’s dive into some aspects of your beauty sleep sanctuary that might need to be refreshed.
Too Much Clutter
I’m all for decorating but there is such a thing as “too much”. Too many decorations & little collections can end up just being clutter. Clutter can affect your skin in more than one way. First, having extra clutter around can be a source of stress. We all know stress isn’t good for your skin. It can cause breakouts, rashes & other issues. Take stock of what you have laying around and reduce the clutter.
Reducing clutter is going to reduce dust too. Dust isn’t good for pores or for breathing so focusing some time and energy on a bedroom reorganization is going to be an all-around good investment. Less clutter means less mess & less stuff to have to take care of!
Skipping Your Skincare Routine
We’ve all done it. You’re binge watching the latest Netflix series and pass out on the couch. When you wake up, Netflix is asking “Are you still there?” and you are just too tired to wash your face. Or since you’re basically in a state of sleepwalking and you simply forget to head to the bathroom for your nightly skincare routine. Either way, it’s bad news for your skin. Sleeping your makeup can clog your pores and can have a serious effect on your complexion.
My suggestion? Be prepared! For those nights where you’re simply too tired to stand at your bathroom skin I suggest that you keep makeup wipes in your nightstand. Using those wipes to remove at least some of your makeup is better than just sleeping on it. Even if you didn’t wear makeup that day, the wipes are going to remove any sweat or pollutants sitting on your skin. You should turn using makeup wipes into an every night habit but being prepared for those late nights where you “just can’t even” is going to help you keep your skincare routine on track.
Cozy, Snuggly Blankets
I absolutely love a luxurious bed. Cozy, fluffy blankets paired with a collection of satin pillows is my idea of a perfect sanctuary. Even with the most perfect blankets & pillows set up, you could be sabotaging your skin if you’re not paying attention to keeping all of those things clean.
You should be washing your bedding at least once a week. Personally, I change my pillow cases even more frequently; every 3 to 5 days. Even when you’re following your nighttime skincare routine and going to be fresh faced, your hair still is carrying ‘the day’ on it. Perhaps even hair products. All of that transfers to your pillow case & to your blankets causing contamination of your skin.
Wash Away the Day
Whenever possible, I highly recommend showering before bed. Climbing into clean sheets with your fresh, clean body is going to be satisfying and it’s going to benefit your skin. Those night-time showers wash the day off of you. As I mentioned before, even with a perfect night-time face routine you will still have hair products, deodorant, pollutants, etc. on your skin. When you climb into bed with all of that clinging to you, you’re opening yourself up to contamination.
Not Enough Sleep
Do you ever find yourself waking up tired in the morning? If you have a hard time sleeping at night, you might be undoing all of your skincare efforts. Lack of sleep can cause hormonal imbalances, which can turn into nasty outbreaks. You need to focus on putting your sleep comfort needs first. Creating a sleep sanctuary that supports sleep and relaxation is crucial. Once again, take stock of your room. Remove things that are distracting you from resting peacefully.
Electronics seem to be the number one distraction so I suggest using a charging station outside of your bedroom so you aren’t tempted to check in throughout the night. Even taking dirty laundry out of the room can be helpful to your rest. Remember when we were discussing clutter? Yes, dirty laundry is definitely considered clutter in my book. Also, if you’ve had your current mattress for more than 8 or 9 years, you should look into getting a replacement.
Your bedroom should be a relaxing environment; a place of rest for your mind and your body. Helping both to rest in the best possible conditions can transform your skin and give you the clear complexion you’ve always dreamed of. These five rules of a skin-friendly bedroom are really just a starting point. Sweet dreams Gorgeous!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After years of suffering from cystic acne, Laura Elaine Bice found balance and clear skin. Through trial and error, endless dermatologists & treatments; she’s become a bit of an expert on skincare. Laura shares her tried-and-true beauty tips along with everyday life experiences on her blog.