Who doesn’t want to look prettier?
Unfortunately, these days, prettier almost always means you need to spend a lot of money on products to get you there. That doesn’t mean that pretty can’t come cheap, though. There is a free and effective way to look prettier. It’s called beauty sleep. It’s awesome and it’s real.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and maybe not even then), you’ve heard of the term beauty sleep. Everyone and his mother have brandished it about for as long as anyone can remember. But does it really work? Can sleeping really make you look better than you do now?
Maybe before we answer that let’s take you back to one of the restless nights you undoubtedly had at one point in your life. Did you notice how you looked in the morning without ample shut-eye? Your face probably looks bad – tired, saggy skin, bags and free of luster.
See, this is what happens when you lose sleep hours. Blood vessels dilate giving you dark circles. It also makes you feel more stressed. The next thing you know, you look angry, or sad and definitely older. If you partner the late nights with alcohol and smoking, it gets even worse. Alcohol dries out the skin and smoking leads to premature wrinkles.
Sleep it Off
Sleeping is an important bodily function. It is during this time that the body goes into repair mode. While you’re dead to the world, new skin cells grow and replace the older ones. The skin repairs, restores and renews itself.
During slumber, various hormonal and metabolic changes are also happening in the body. If you don’t sleep enough, these processes are disrupted. This may then lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and depression. As you can see, sleep is vitally important to the whole body, not just the skin.
Beauty Sleep for Tired Skin
The nice thing about skin, though, is it recovers rather quickly. Unless you are a chronically bad sleeper, two consecutive good night’s sleep can pretty much fix your tired skin issues. Imagine, just getting enough sleep for a couple of nights is enough to rejuvenate your skin and make you look better.
On average, a person needs 7 to 9 hours of beauty rest every night. Don’t be tempted to overdo it, though. Sleeping Beauty may have slept for a hundred years and remained beautiful, the same won’t be true for you, unfortunately. Oversleeping will cause the same damage to your skin as not getting enough as it promotes cell breakdown. So sleep just enough and don’t bank sleep hours. It doesn’t work that way.
How to Wake Up Pretty
Ready to hit the snooze button and wake up prettier? It helps to follow these tips.
- Positive Ritual
Keep not just a bedtime ritual, but a positive one. Your goal is to have better, more beautiful complexion. So work on getting your body to focus on the same goal.
- Cleanse your skin before turning in. Mild and sensitive skin can benefit from mild cleansers. Oily skin is better with an exfoliating cleanser.
- Apply OTC retinoid cream to even out your skin tone and reduce fine lines.
- Moisturize using a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer.
- Stick to Habit
Start a sleep habit and stick to it. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
- On Your Back
Sleep on your back. Lying with your face pressed into a pillow creates a veritable network of fine lines and creases on your face. If you don’t like lines, stop doing that.
- Pillow Talk
Use a high thread-count pillow cover. That would be kinder to your skin.
- No Dye
Use dye-free sheets and pillow cases to minimize risks of skin irritation.
Sleep is as important as a good diet and exercise routine. It’s actually an easier and cheaper way to look better naturally. So does beauty sleep really make you prettier? You bet it does.