Are You Making These Bedtime Beauty Mistakes?

7 Common Bedtime Beauty Mistakes

They don't call it "beauty sleep" for nothing but could you be doing more whilst you sleep to help your skin keep it's youthful appearance?  The answer is "Yes You Can"!  So if you want your skin and hair to look younger and healthier during the day, than it's time to ditch these 7 common bedtime beauty mistakes.

1. Sleeping in Makeup

The last thing you want to do late at night after a long hard day is waste time removing your makeup, but that's exactly what you should do. Skipping this step is a big no-no and one you will instantly regret when you awake in the morning with blocked pores, breakouts  and irritated skin. Your skin needs to properly shed but can't do so if you leave your makeup on over night.  So your big cosy bed can wait a few more minutes while you cleanse your face of makeup and the grime of the day.   But if you are just too tired do a proper cleanse, at least wipe away your makeup quickly with a cleansing wipe.

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2. Not Changing Your Pillowcase

How often do you change your pillowcase? Every week? Every fortnight? Well, if you aren't changing them every other night then you are just asking for trouble. Your pillow case absorbs all sorts of things such as sweat, styling products, hair oil and yes, even drool. It's a breeding ground for bacteria and you are laying your face straight onto it. So if you are not changing them regularly then don't be surprised to wake up with acne along your jaw line or cheeks due to blocked pores and bacteria.

3. Sleeping on Cheap Linen

So what is all the fuss about linen? Well, you may think that you are saving money by purchasing the cheap low-thread-count linen but in the long run, you are paying for it in hair breakages and frizz. Cheap linen is rough with harsh creases  and laying in the same place extended period causes indentations on the skin which lead to wrinkles and skin irritations. But if you can't afford to splurge out on a full set of luxurious satin or silk linen then just purchase the pillowcase. Your face and hair will thank you for it.

(Read more - How to fall asleep fast and easy for a complete night sleep.)

4. Dehydration

Just because you are sleeping doesn't mean that your body isn't working hard because it is. Each night it's going through the process of cell renewal and the essential ingredient in this process is water.  To ensure that your body is hydrated enough to allow the body to do its job you need to be drinking enough water during the day, if you don't than it's likely that your body will become dehydrated during the night just when it needs it most.

Added to that indoor air is a lot drier than outside air and especially so if you sleep with the air conditioning or heating on throughout the night. The dry air will sap the moisture straight from your body and leave you with dry, itchy flaking skin. The best thing you can do for yourself is to invest in a humidifier for your bedroom and have a glass of water before turning in. Your skin will thank you in the morning by being moist, plump and refreshed.

5. Neglecting Your Hands and Feet

Our nightly beauty routine tends to focus on our face and teeth but what about our poor hands and feet? They need some love and attention too. So before hitting the sack, moisturise them with some thick hydrating cream and if you suffer from dry cracked heels slip on a pair of cotton socks. The socks help to hold moisture in, helps cracked heels heal more quickly and stops the cream from rubbing off onto your clean sheets.

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6. Incorrect Sleeping Position

We all have a preferred sleeping position but if you happen to be a "stomach or a side sleeper" then you are needlessly adding lines and creases to your face while you sleep. Sleeping on your stomach and to a lesser extent, your side means that you are placing your face directly onto the pillow, the pressure and the creases in the linen cause indentations to appear on your face. In addition, you may also suffer from puffy eyes as your head is at the same level as your heart so you will have more blood flowing to your face. Sleep on your back if you want to ward off wrinkles.

7. Not Applying Skin Care Products Before Bed

Your body goes into to recovery mode while you sleep so if you are not applying your favourite moisturiser, anti-ageing serum or eye-cream at night you are missing a huge opportunity to rejuvenate and refresh your appearance. While you are sound asleep your skin is in overdrive soaking up every last bit of nourishment from your skin care products and renewing your skin to give you that youthful appearance you were dreaming about.

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READ MORE: How to fall asleep fast and easy for a complete night sleep?

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About Vicki Law

Vicki Law is the Founder of SKN Complex, a 100 per cent Australian owned and operated skin care company committed to taking the clinical complexity out of the science of beauty and to provide an exceptional, inspiring range of products to Australian women. You can connect with Vicki via Twitter, LinkedIn or Email View all posts by Vicki Law ➞