Winter time can pose big problems for our skin. After the excesses of Christmas, the cold and wind outside, the central heating inside, and the lack of sun and fresh food, our skin can become dehydrated, blotchy, irritated and flaky. But there’s no need to suffer in silence. We’ve asked both beauty experts and real mums for their top tips to get the skin you always dreamed of – while you sleep! And the best part – most of it can be done in our sleep!
So what’s the big secret?
It all comes down to rehydrating the skin at the optimal time, as Aisling Keenan, Editor and beauty expert at Xpose Magazine explains.
“There’s a lot to be said for getting a good night’s sleep, for both your general wellbeing but also for the appearance and health of your body’s largest organ–your skin. Sleep enables the body to reverse the damage done in the daytime by free radicals, and it renews itself at a cellular level. Helping your skin do its best work at night is one of the most valuable things you can do–that and making sure you wear SPF during the day. In both instances, you don’t have to break the bank to achieve great results.”
So here are our top five things you can do to make that beauty sleep really count!
Drinking a glass of water before you go to bed and again first thing in the morning will do wonders to rehydrate your skin.
“Dehydrated skin will always look older so to keep your skin looking plump and youthful you need to keep it hydrated. Drinking at least 2 litres of water a day will do more for your skin then most skincare products, it will help plump up the skin and also minimise the appearance of fine lines. A good hydrating face mask is a good quick fix also, I like the Image Skincare Vital C Masque.”
- Make up artist and Instagram star – Tara O’Farrell
A newer discovery for skin luminosity comes in the form of a humidifier. Switch it on when you go to bed and let it work it’s magic while you sleep.
“My skin started feeling rough and scaly and uncontrollably itchy in parts. I would wake up incredibly thirsty. What was causing all of this? Winter. I tried to rectify my dryness by drinking more water, using different products and it seemed there was very little difference. However keeping a humidifier by my bedside has made a world of difference for my winter hair and skin issues. Humidifiers provide essential external moisture when it’s in short supply in the atmosphere.”
- Beauty writer – Afrobella
Cutting out (or down on) alcohol will not only do wonders for your skin dryness, it will also help you sleep much better – meaning you are getting double benefits!
“I know it sounds extreme, but cutting out alcohol has made the biggest difference to my skin ever. Dry skin comes from dehydration and as alcohol is a diuretic its impact on your skin is obvious. After one month of alcohol free living my skin began to glow and I started getting compliments and queries about what products I was using. I also found I drifted off to sleep more easily and slept more soundly – well, when the kids let me anyway!”
- Blogger and mum of three – Kate Gunn
A little night time luxury massaged into the skin before you go to bed can also work wonders.
“As we know, night time is when our skin regenerates, so using a great night serum is key to waking up looking radiant and refreshed. Something with retinol in it tends to work miracles at night, targeting fine lines and visibly increasing skin plumpness. The right serum can really have a transformational effect on the skin.”
- Editor of Xpose Magazine – Aisling Keenan
Of course one of the best but most elusive skin saviours is an uninterrupted eight hours sleep. If only us mums could go out and buy that one!
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