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Beauty sleep: 5 Ways to sleep your way to acne-free skin

October 30, 2014 by Works with Water
Beauty sleep for better skin

Is there such thing as beauty sleep? We all know that getting a good night’s sleep means we’re much more likely to feel refreshed, energised and happy in the morning. But did you know there’s a direct link between the quality of your sleep, the way you sleep and your skin health? 

That’s right, beauty sleep is real!

The reason? Well, lack of sleep means your body can’t repair skin cells in the night. It’s also more likely to produce more cortisol, which can lead to inflammation and red-looking skin. If you’re prone to acne and redness already, not getting enough zzz’s could really negatively impact your skin for the next day.

Not only that, but even those without acne-prone skin can benefit from a solid eight hours of beauty sleep. Without it they’ll get bags under their eyes, tired grey-looking or sallow skin and inflamed problem areas.

We’ve collected together our top five ways to sleep better for your skin.

Make sure your sheets are clean

As acne is caused by a build-up of bacteria in your pores, it’s really important you minimise the chance of any added bacteria getting onto your skin – there’s already enough in the air and on your fingertips already! This is particularly important to bear in mind when it comes to your bedding.

Always make sure your sheets are clean, otherwise you could be cuddling up to spot-causing bacteria every night. We recommend cleaning your sheets every two weeks at least.

Improve your sleeping position

 It can be tough to change your sleeping position, particularly as many people have tended to roll into the same position every night for years. However, sleeping on your back is much more likely to stop your skin being irritated by pillows and sheets. This way, you’re also limiting the chance of any bacteria finding their way into your pores.

Develop a good bedtime ritual

Staring at a screen late into the night makes your brain super active and can also lead to dry, tired eyes. This really isn’t conducive to a good night’s kip. Instead, introduce a positive bedtime ritual that’s likely to ease you off into a relaxing snooze.

We recommend going to bed half an hour before you intend to sleep and reading a book, as well as sprinkling some lavender oil onto your pillows, which is known for its sleep-inducing benefits. And avoid looking at your phone or a laptop shortly before bed. Believe it or not, they trick the brain into thinking it’s daylight and can keep you awake long after the screen is switched off.

Keep your room cool and air circulating

Too much heat will make it harder for you to nod off and will increase the chance of you waking up with slightly inflamed skin. Bacteria is also more likely to thrive when the heating is set to “tropical”, so invest in good bedding rather than blowing your budget on the heating bill and increasing the chance of aggravating acne in the process.

Go to bed with a clean face and clean hair

We know it’s sometimes tempting to nod off without removing makeup or cleaning your face thoroughly, but not wiping away the dirt of the day means acne-causing bacteria has all night to thrive on your skin. So no matter how tired you are, always fit a good cleanse and moisturising ritual into your routine.

The same goes for your hair. It doesn’t have to be squeaky clean every night, but if it isn’t place it in a bun on top of your head, so no dirt or toxins find their way into your pores throughout the night.

Image credit: Penumbra via Flickr.


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