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Sleep and Skincare Goes Hand in Hand

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Did you know that your body heals itself best when you’re asleep? No? Well, it’s true. Your body does most of its grunt-work while you’re fast asleep, dreaming of far away places and fantastic fantasies. After the sun goes down is the perfect time to join forces with your skin and take advantage of its nighttime activities.

What’s Happening with Your Skin at Night

  • Trans Epidermal Water Loss increases causing the skin’s own protective barrier to become weak. This allows for better absorption of active ingredients in skincare products.
  • Natural antioxidant levels increase to fight the day’s free radical damage from UV rays, smog, nicotine, etc. to rejuvenate the skin.
  • Stress levels decrease while you sleep, allowing the skin to better repair itself.
  • Oil production decreases by as much as 2%.

All of these wonderful things happen while you sleep and the skin tries very hard to do it all on its own, but you can help it along and achieve younger, healthier-looking skin by following a nighttime beauty routine that includes products specifically designed for the job. Here is how you can help the skin along in its nightly efforts with Bioelements.

  1. Cleanse. Make it a nightly habit to clean your face before bed. A clean slate allows the skin to breathe and repair. Don’t go to bed with makeup on because dirt, oil and grime gets pushed deep into pores causing congestion, inflammation and breakouts. Don’t skip a single night.
  2. The eyes have it. Focus on your eyes at bedtime. Fine lines and wrinkles appear around the eyes first, so keep it hydrated with a good eye wrinkle cream like Bioelements Sleepwear For Eyes for visibly smoother skin around the eyes.
  3. Retinol is your friend. Choose a nighttime skincare cream that contains retinol. Retinol is derived from Vitamin A and causes sensitivity to the sun, so it’s best used at night. The sole duty of retinol is to make skin look more youthful.
  4. Sleep on your back. Most people prefer to sleep on their side or on their stomach, but this could be a leading cause of wrinkles in the forehead and along the sides of the nose and chin. The constant pressure from sleeping on a pillow creates fine lines and wrinkles over time, so try to sleep on your back as much as possible to avoid this problem.
  5. Make your bedroom a peaceful place. Even though stress levels drop when you sleep, creating a peaceful, comfortable place to sleep helps the body relax even more so it can do its job better. If the air tends to be dry, try adding a humidifier to keep your skin from drying out.

Do you have a nightly regimen for beautiful skin?

 

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