Getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep is essential for your well-being. But having good sleeping habits can also make your skin brighter, tighter, and youthful. If you make even one of these 10 beauty sins, it is time to get things in order.
Not washing your pillowcase regularly
Changing your bed sheets weekly is not enough. Your pillowcase builds up oils, dirt, and sweat from the use. Ideally, you should change the pillowcase every 3-4 days.
Sleeping on cotton instead of silk or satin
Silk or satin are gentle, soft, and delicate, just like your skin. Cotton absorbs moisture, oils, and bacteria from your skin and hair, leading to acne, infection, and other skin concerns. Silky fabrics are less abrasive and reduce skin aging and wrinkles caused by sleep creases.
Using too much or harsh detergents
A gentle but effective liquid toxin-free laundry detergent is the best option for your bed sheets, especially for your pillowcase. Harsh detergents tend to remove makeup stains, but they damage the fabric and can cause skin breakouts and allergies.
Going to bed with wet hair
Sleeping with wet hair might give you a fungal infection. It can also cause breakage, and if you put spray-on conditioner, the hair might irritate your skin.
Staring at your phone before sleeping
Not only are you breaking your body's natural rhythm, but you can also cause more wrinkles. Try not to use gadgets an hour before bedtime to wake up refreshed and without dark circles and new wrinkles.
Skipping nighttime beauty regime
You need a proper nighttime beauty regime based on your skin type. You can add more weight to your face at night, such as facial oils or anti-age serums. That's why night creams appear "heavier" than day creams.
Not taking off your makeup at night
Not only should you take your makeup, but before putting on your nighttime skin care beauty regime, use a mild cleanser to remove all that's left, like dirt and grim. Leaving your makeup on will clog your pores, which is a sure way to cause a breakout.
Skipping a peak time for skin cell renewal
Did you know that your cells renew between 11 pm and midnight? That's when the magic happens, and you get the full benefits of beauty sleep. Ideally, you should go to bed by 9 or 10 pm to get your body to relax, so your cells can do their job correctly.
Sleeping with tightly tied hair
Sleeping with your hair down is not ideal, but the worst possible scenario is sleeping with a tight bun or ponytail. Ideally, you should put your hair in a loose braid or low ponytail to avoid breakage and even alopecia.
Not sleeping in a proper position
If you sleep on your back, you avoid smushing it on your pillow and adding years to your face. This also protects your neck, and if you can train yourself to sleep in this position. Sleeping on the side can pool fluids into that area, making it look puffy in the morning.
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