15 NIGHTTIME HABITS THAT ARE DESTROYING YOUR SKIN

If you want a glorious glow, when you wake up in the morning, then you need to dodge the following bedtime skin habits.

Woman admiring her face in a mirror

EVENING SKINCARE MISTAKES

Taking good care of your skin with things like moisturizer and sunscreen is essential, throughout the day. But how you treat your skin in the nighttime is fairly important as well. Here’s what you should avoid to keep your skin fair.

Woman washing her hands with soap

NOT WASHING YOUR FACE

The topmost mistake is directly going to bed without washing your face. Desmond Shipp, MD, a dermatologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center says, “Even if you do not wear makeup you should wash your face nightly.” He adds, “Your skin is going through a repairing and rebuilding phase during the nighttime, and debris such as dust, smoke, and skincare products can clog your pores leading to worsening acne.”

Person holding an alarm clock

SKIMPING ON SLEEP

Beauty sleep is a thing for real and receiving less than six hours of sleep time at night doesn’t give your skin enough time to rebuild itself, which can lead to more wrinkles, an ashy tone, and those annoying dark circles beneath your eyes. According to the National Sleep Foundation, having less sleep could also raise inflammation and stress hormones, exacerbating skin conditions like acne.

Girl applying some cream on her face

PICKING THE WRONG ANTI-AGING CREAM

Manish Shah, MD, board-certified plastic surgeon in Denver says, “The majority of anti-aging creams are still based on moisturizers such as mineral oil.” He further states, “Wrinkles look worse when they are dry, so any kind of moisturizer helps, but many only improve things temporarily and don’t address the root cause of the wrinkles, such as collagen loss, free radical damage, sun damage, and environmental factors. Unless there is an actual active ingredient such as retinol, the benefit is just moisture and nothing else.”

A white bed comforter and some pillows

NOT CHANGING YOUR PILLOWCASES PUNCTUALLY

Using the same pillowcase over and over again could open your skin to some rather dirty stuff, such as bacteria, sloughed-off skin, and sweat. Dr. Shipp suggests switching your pillowcase at least weekly, more frequently if you’re acne-prone.

Makeup palette and brush set

LEAVING YOUR MAKEUP ON

We have seen dermatologists always insisting on washing your face before bedtime. They are particularly fixed about cleaning off every evidence of makeup every night. Dr. Ships says, “You should never sleep with makeup on your skin.” He adds, “You’re essentially setting yourself up for an acne eruption.”

Woman applying lotion on hand

SKIPPING MOISTURIZER

Moisturizer benefits not just people with dry or aging skin but all skin types. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, choose a formulation that’s made for you. Some formulations include components that can assist you fight acne and keep your skin seeming fresh.

Little girl sleeping peacefully with a pillow underneath her head

USING PLAIN COTTON PILLOWCASE

Silk or satin can do miracles for your face and hair so upgrading your pillowcase to them, is a great idea. Dr. Shipp says, “I recommend silk pillowcases as they are less abrasive to the skin.” He continues, “They are also breathable, hypoallergenic, and less irritating.”

Woman in bath tub

OVERCLEANING YOUR SKIN

Too much is never a good option so too much of a good thing could be harming your skin. Graceanne Svendsen, a celebrity facialist at Shafer Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in New York City says, “Most patients over-cleanse their skin, compromising the moisture barrier and microbiome of the skin’s natural protective layer.”

“When the helpful, natural bacteria is cleaned off, we are more susceptible to infections, breakouts, and parched looking skin.” She adds.

Air purifier on the floor near a plant

NOT BEING CAREFUL OF THE HUMIDITY

Dry air can do a lot to the skin, let it be in dry climates, or the heated air in a house when the cold weather kicks. Dermatologists suggest placing a humidifier in your bedroom to make it more comfortable for your skin to sustain its moisture levels.

Woman sitting on bed, using phone

HAVING THE ROOM TOO WARM

A comfortable bedroom could be damaging for your skin health and your sleep condition. Svendsen says, “Studies show that the body rests better at lower temperatures. She adds, “Keep your room temperature cool in the evening—don’t you get the best sleep on a cool fall night?”

Assorted vegetables

ATTEMPTING TO GET YOUR VITAMINS THROUGH YOUR CREAM

While vitamin C can be advantageous when applied to the skin, vitamin B isn’t very useful. Dr. Shah says, “Many forms of vitamin B (like B12) can only be absorbed in the small intestine, so no matter how much is loaded into your moisturizer or serum, it’s not going to make a difference.” Moreover, “Vitamins like niacin (vitamin B3) can affect the skin’s texture and color, but your skin can’t absorb them. If you want to tap into the power of vitamin B to improve your skin’s glow and appearance, stick to eating leafy greens like spinach, asparagus, beans, and peas.”

Woman holding a lip balm

FORGETTING TO MOISTURIZE YOUR LIPS

Coating your skin with night cream might be your evening routine, you are most likely neglecting your lips, which have thin, sensitive skin that’s particularly apt to dryness and chapping. Skip the heavy-duty retinoids, and put on a lavish coat of a lip ointment that contains shea butter, glycerin, or just a slight amount of coconut oil.

Woman sleeping

SLEEPING ON YOUR SIDE OR STOMACH

If you’re a stomach or a side sleeper, you could be damaging your sensitive facial skin into the pillow, causing it to be more prone to wrinkles due to the friction from the pillowcase. A softer pillowcase can benefit, but it’s apparently more suitable for your skin if you get used to resting on your back.

A switched on shower

TAKING A LONG, HOT SHOWER

Svendsen says, “Keeping your shower water too hot can be dehydrating to the skin. Alternatively, keep the shower temperature on the cooler side, and be certain to put on lotion after.

A packet of potato wedges

EATING CHIPS BEFORE BEDTIME

If you are going to have a bowl of chips right before you go to sleep, you might need to think about it twice.

The excess of salt from your favorite bedtime snack can lead to excess fluid pooling, particularly around the eyes. And that indicates puffiness in the morning. If you badly want to munch on something before bedtime then go for a healthier snack, like fruit or veggies.

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