Common Bedtime Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Skin

Many of us lead such busy lives that we often even neglect to wash our faces at the end of the day.

Tired of looking tired EVERY morning? Full-coverage concealer may mask under-eye shadows, but you can't cheat eight hours of shut-eye by caking on the makeup alone — not to mention your skin can actually age before its time from lack of sleep. It's the stuff of nightmares.

If you're trying to stick to a nightly beauty routine that doesn't require you to abandon your entire evening or spend your whole paycheck, you're not alone.

Whether they're balancing school, work, family, or all three at once, most people struggle to carve out enough time in their evenings to give their skin the care it deserves.

Unfortunately, despite its benefits, many of us lead such busy lives that we often even neglect to wash our faces at the end of the day. But how can we wash our face properly when we don't have the time to do so, nor the money needed to buy a bunch of expensive skincare products?

Learn about other most common mistakes in our sleeping routine that contribute to us ruining our own skin. Follow our simple tips and no one will know you spent most of the night looking for monsters under the bed.

Using the phone before sleep

Did you know your iPhone or Android is likely harboring a host of harmful germs and bacteria, including E. coli?

Overall, researchers found that 92% of hands and 82% of phones showed some type of bacterial contamination. About a third of hands and a quarter of phones contained Staphylococcus aureus, common bacteria that live on the skin but can cause illness if they enter the bloodstream.

Researchers say that although your phone may not be transmitting deathly infections, it does not mean you can just slide past this germ talk. 80% of common infections are transmitted through hands, and those hands are touching your phone.

Frequently used cell phones are warm, which makes them a great breeding ground for bacteria. And with the advent of touch-screen phones, the same part of the phone you touch with your fingertips is pressed right up against your face and mouth, upping your chances of infection.

Nobody ever cleans or disinfects their phone, so the germs and bacteria just keep building up. What types of germs? E. coli, as well as influenza and MRSA, a germ that causes rashes and skin infections.

Wiping down your phone with a moist microfiber cloth will sufficiently get rid of common bacteria. More dangerous bacteria like E. coli and the flu virus need to be attacked by stronger cleaners like bleach or alcohol. But never spray disinfectant directly onto your phone, or you’ll risk damaging your cell’s electrical components.

No time for bedtime

Make washing your face a priority every evening, even if you're traveling or coming home late. Once you know how long you need to wash your face well, build that amount of time into your bedtime routine. Will it take ten minutes to wash your face? Then turn off the TV or put down your phone and start heading to bed ten minutes earlier.

Circadian rhythms are a hot topic in beauty right now, with brands investing millions in researching your 24-hour internal clock and how this affects every function of your body, including skin.

New studies have suggested that due to these internal rhythms our skin’s metabolism actually slows overnight, meaning self-exfoliation drops off and regeneration needs a boost.

Making time for a bedtime beauty ritual or two will not only encourage a sounder night’s sleep – providing your body with the best possible conditions in which to do its thing – but maximize the impact of any products you apply. So stop telling yourself it’s a luxury because making time for yourself is downright essential.

Incorrect sleeping habits

If you tend to have puffy eyes in the morning, try sleeping with an extra pillow. When you lie flat, fluid can gather around your eyes.

Sleeping with your head slightly elevated to reduce the natural pooling of excess fluids that lead to a tired, puffy look. And consider a product such as overnight eye balm, which promises to keep the delicate skin there nourished throughout the night.

Speaking of wrinkles, sleeping on your back can help nip them in the bud before they even start to form. Repeated pressure on the skin, causing creasing, can eventually lead to set-in lines. A person who sleeps on one side may even have more set-in wrinkles on that particular side compared to the other.

Rough pillow

Pillowcases, that is. Your facial skin can actually be tugged and pulled, depending on the position you sleep in and how much you move around in your sleep.

Invest in a satin or silk pillowcase. Their texture softens wrinkles and fine lines because it causes less friction between your skin and the pillowcase.

Dermatologists say silk is also better for the skin, because the material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles.

Wash your pillowcases frequently, so you're not resting your lovely skin on top of bacteria nests for eight hours a night. You should not only change your pillowcases twice a week, but flip your pillows over on days you're not changing them.

Sleeping in your makeup

Even if it’s the only thing you do, cleansing is a crucial step before bedtime to remove makeup and impurities that can cause clogged pores, which in turn can trigger acne and ultimately lead to an irregular complexion.

Keep makeup remover by the bed. No matter how tired/tipsy you are, going to bed with your makeup on will only make matters worse the morning after (clogged pores, irritated eyes, leaving makeup residue on your pillow... we could go on).

Make it less of a chore by keeping some good-quality face wipes by the bed for a fast, effective cleanse. They can provide a quick solution if you're away from home or pressed for time. They help to remove a significant amount of makeup before bed, leaving your pores with room to breathe.

It's not ideal to rely on convenience cloths every night in place of a deeper clean, but on late nights they're skin saviors.

Hibernating while poorly hydrated

The last thing you want to do before sleeping is to turn on a humidifier. A humidifier can promote healthier air in the room, moisturize your skin and will protect you against infections.

Perhaps nothing can benefit your skin more than water. Water helps keep your skin moisturized and looking healthy. Drinking a glass of water before bed helps you stay hydrated through the night, leaving you more prepared to face whatever the morning holds.

Downing pints of water before bed may add to disturbed sleep (all those nighttime toilet trips), but eating your water won't. Structured water in veggies and nuts release hydration slowly – so swap the salty processed snacks for these. Your skin will thank you for it. Promise.

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