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A good night’s sleep can work wonders for your complexion. But what if we told you there are certain hacks you can try to cheat eight hours of shut-eye?
Even if you always manage to meet your eight-hour quota each night, you can still upgrade your evening skincare routine to wake up looking fresh-faced.
Full-coverage concealer might fade under-eye shadows, but it can’t replace a solid skincare routine and several peaceful hours of slumber.
Put your tired face to bed with these overnight expert-approved skincare tips.
Remove Your Makeup
First things first: always take off your makeup before bed.
Sleeping in makeup is a surefire way to congest your pores and speed up the aging process. To prevent that from happening, clean your face thoroughly before getting under the sheets. Make it a habit like brushing your teeth – always find time to do it at the end of the day. Even keeping some high-quality face wipes by your bed (while not ideal for removing all the grime!) can get the worst of it off.
If you want to do it the right way, use a proper cleanser.
“Cleansers that remove makeup and clean the skin at the same time are great shortcuts to reduce beauty regimen time,” says Annie Chiu, M.D., a dermatologist based in Manhattan Beach.
Go to Bed with a Clean Face
Throughout the day, your skin attracts dirt, grime, and pollution that must be washed off before you fall asleep at night to keep it free from impurities that may cause problematic skin.
By implementing a nightly skincare routine, you allow your skin to heal and repair as you sleep. As a result, you can begin the next day with beautiful, glowing skin. And prevent breakouts from popping up!
“Wash your face with a cream-to-oil cleanser,” says Dr. Lily Talakoub of McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center. “Exfoliating cleansers can strip the natural barrier of the skin, leaving skin dry and dull. An oil-based or cream-to-oil cleanser is gentle on the skin and leaves the skin’s natural barrier unharmed and glowing.”
We recommend Truly’s Super Matcha Facial Cleanser to cleanse and nourish your skin.
Try an Overnight Face Mask
Your skin works extra hard at night. Using a vitamin-packed, antioxidant-formulated face mask can help support the healing process to achieve vibrant-looking, glowy skin. It’s the easiest way to feed your skin with nutrients as you snooze.
“Overnight masks are a great way to treat your skin and give it extra attention,” says Chiu. “The skin undergoes more cellular repair during sleep and can be more receptive to products at this time.”
After cleansing your skin in the evening, slather on a layer of Truly’s Starface Jelly Sleep Mask, and fall asleep. This formula is packed with retinol, glycolic acid, and vitamin C to plump, brighten, and renew your complexion.
Prevent Under-Eye Puffiness with a Targeted Eye Cream
Are you guilty of binge-watching Netflix shows until 4 am? You’re not alone. Luckily for you, there is a solution for preventing dark puffy bags that tend to crop up a few hours later. Forget concealer – we have something way, way better.
Truly’s Eye Candy Anti-Puff Cream contains hyaluronic acid and sea kelp to lighten dark circles, reduce puffiness, and illuminate tired eyes. Its also extremely hydrating, making it perfect for preventing fine lines.
There’s no better time than at night to slather your skin in active-ingredient-formulated skincare products.
“The deeper layers of your skin are working at night to repair damage from the environmental stressors they encounter all day long. Your skin is also working to build new collagen, which keeps your skin firm and smooth,” explains New York City dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe. “This is why you really want to choose your nighttime products strategically to optimize your skin’s recovery during those restful, restorative hours!”
Whether it’s a retinol-infused anti-aging serum or vitamin-C formulated brightening cream, these products will penetrate your skin more effectively overnight.
Prevent Pillow Face
Believe it or not, sleep can actually contribute to wrinkle formation. Preventing lines from appearing on your skin can be as simple as switching your pillowcase.
When you sleep, your skin gets pushed and pulled against the pillow, which damages collagen over time. There are two ways you can deal with this dilemma. First, start sleeping on your back instead of face-down or sideways, which can cause lines to form. Or second, invest in a silk pillowcase.
Studies show that friction from tossing and turning at night causes creases in the skin. Sleeping on a smooth surface with little friction can help with that. Silk and satin are both excellent materials for preventing tugging on the skin – something that happens with regular cotton pillowcases. By sleeping on silk, we get fewer creases on the skin, regardless of our sleep position.
Get Truly’s adorable Satin Sleep Set for a night of true beauty sleep.
Get Blissed Out for Bedtime
We can’t avoid the most crucial step of all: sleep!
Dr. Anna Persaud, PhD, sleep expert and CEO of ThisWorks, explains why:
“Overnight, skin goes into repair and restore mode, meaning it removes toxins, repairs cell and DNA damage caused by the environment, replaces aging cells, and creates new ones. That’s why after good-quality sleep, skin looks fresher, younger, and more radiant.”
Not the best sleeper? Chill! There are plenty of ways you can sedate yourself for a serene slumber.
We recommend turning on some sleepy meditation music, a spritz of Truly’s soothing Moon Shower Adaptogen Spa Mist, and some deep breathing exercises. You’ll be asleep in no time!
We all know sleep is essential for maintaining healthy, glowing skin. But many of us aren’t aware that we can utilize hacks to fake an 8-hour snooze. Or, even better, maximize our skincare products’ effectiveness by applying them in the evening.
If you want to wake up every day with gorgeous skin, try these tips above for nourishing, rejuvenating, and restoring your complexion as you sleep.