There’s nothing quite like waking up just before your alarm because you’ve had a good night’s sleep and feel fully recharged. It doesn’t just help lift your mood and energy levels, it also gives your skin a fresh, rosy glow – hence the phrase ‘beauty sleep’. Earlier this year, a new study revealed that the phrase could actually have some truth in it. Researchers at Manchester University in the UK found that when our body clock goes into night mode, our skin is able to repair the thinner collagen fibers that help keep our skin looking and feeling plump and firm. With spring on the approach we have put together a few tips, tricks and product recommendations to help give your skin a boost…
Embrace The #60SecondRule
Cleansing is often overlooked as a skincare step and you’re not alone if you’re someone who quickly slaps on your chosen formula and rinses almost immediately. However, esthetician Nayamka Roberts-Smith, aka @LAbeautologist, went viral on Twitter last year when she announced that we should all be taking at least 60-seconds to really work our cleanser into skin to help lift every scrap of makeup, dirt and grime.
Massaging a cleansing oil or balm into your skin can be just as therapeutic for your mind as it is for your complexion. Infused with sweet orange, macadamia and Peru oil, May Lindstrom The Pendulum Potion Complete Cleansing Oil has the dreamiest sweet and spicy scent to help calm a whirling mind and get rid of any impurities on your skin. There’s a reason why Eve Lom’s Cleanser is loved by celebrities and skin experts alike. As you massage the balm into your skin it melts into an oil, lifting away makeup and dirt. It also contains a nourishing blend of botanicals to soothe your skin and your mind, including Egyptian chamomile.
Choose Your Active Ingredients
Adding a powerhouse ingredient, such as vitamin C or retinol into your night-time routine can help give your skin a helping hand. It’s during these hours that your skin isn’t protecting itself from environmental aggressors, such as UV rays or pollution, and can go into repair mode.
That doesn’t mean you need to layer a dozen formulas on top of each other. Instead, focus on one ingredient at a time to avoid overloading your skin. For example, if you’re keen to smooth out fine lines and give your skin a general boost, 111 Skin Celestial Black Diamond Retinol Oil is a good place to start. It has been expertly balanced to ensure you get all the benefits of vitamin A without drying out your skin.
If you’re concerned with dryness and sensitivity, look to Sisley Velvet Sleeping Mask, which nourishes skin with thyme, honey, macadamia, cottonseed extracts and shea butter. For something more intensive and geared towards the early signs of aging, try Omorovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream. It uses a hazelnut peptide and collagen-boosting carol oil to improve plumpness and firmness, softening fines lines and wrinkles, plus Apple pectin to bring a glow.
Consider Switching To Silk
A Silk Mask and Pillowcase from Slip might seem a bit extra, but sleep on silk once and you’ll never look back. Not only does it feel silky smooth on your skin as you drift off, but it also reduces the friction build-up between you and your pillow while you sleep. This means you won’t wake up to pillow creases on your complexion or the classic bed head hair look in the morning. Some people even say it helps make a blow-dry last longer