You may think that your skin is resting while you are sleeping, but this is actually the opposite of the truth…

While you are asleep, your skin works harder than it does during the day to heal and regenerate, and this is something that you should really make the most of.

Wondering how?

By following these 12 before bed skin care tips.

Remove all Makeup and Cleanse

No matter how tired you may be, taking off all of your makeup before you go to bed is so important.

You probably already know this, but do you know why?

As mentioned above, your skin repairs itself while you are asleep, and, in order for it to do this, your pores need to be able to properly breathe. However, they cannot do this if you have a layer of makeup covering the surface of your skin.

Your makeup then ends up settling into your pores overnight, creating blockages that result in you waking up with spots and pimples.

Confused by all of the makeup remover options out there?

Here is a quick rundown of your choices:

  • Makeup Remover Oils – These have become extremely popular lately, due to the fact that they pretty much instantly dissolve makeup, even really stubborn, waterproof products. They also work with all skin types, including oily skin, as they help to regulate oil production
  • Cleansing Milks – They effectively remove makeup, without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Since they are especially gentle and moisturizing, they are a fantastic option for those who have dry or sensitive skin
  • Cleansing Waters – They are effective at removing makeup, and also double up as a gentle cleanser, working for every skin type
  • Cream Cleanser – These are rich and nourishing, and work especially well with heavy makeup on dry skin

Already have a great makeup remover but still too tired to properly remove your makeup?

Keep a pack of makeup remover wipes beside your bed. While these are not ideal, since they do leave a slight chemical residue behind on the skin, they are far better than sleeping with your makeup on, especially when only used once in a while.

Whether you have been wearing makeup or not, cleansing your skin before going to bed is so important.

Why?

Because otherwise all of the dirt, pollution, bacteria, dead skin cells, sweat and everything else that ends up on your skin during the day will settle into your pores, causing havoc to your complexion.

Don’t Forget to Moisturize

With your skin working so hard while you are asleep, this uses up a significant amount of your skin’s moisture, which is why many often wake up with dry skin.

Moisturizing your skin before you go to bed will create a protective barrier between your skin and the environment around you, which helps the skin to retain, and better use, its moisture.

The ingredients in a moisturizer, especially if you opt for a dedicated night cream, will also be able to help your skin with all of the processes that it goes through while you are asleep.

In order for your skin to get the help it needs with everything from hydration to barrier support to energy, here are a few key ingredients that you should look out for in a night cream, or in any moisturizer that you intend to use at night:

Arrange Your Pillows So That You Are Sleeping on Your Back

The position that you sleep in has a huge impact on your skin.

Wondering how?

Well, when you sleep on your side, this places repeated pressure on your skin, which ends up creasing it. Over time, these creases will not disappear, and will instead end up deepening into wrinkles and lines. If you tend to favor one side when you sleep, you will likely notice more lines on that side of your face as you age.

So, what can you do about this?

It’s easy…

Just sleep on your back!

Of course, you will no doubt end up rolling over onto your side at some point during the night, which is why you need to arrange your bed and pillows in a way that helps you to stay on your back throughout the night.

Try positioning pillows on either side of you, to help keep you in place. A pillow under the knees can also help with alignment, while an extra pillow under your head may help to stop you from turning over.

It does take a bit of experimenting with different pillows and positions before finding what works for you, but be persistent and you will enjoy less facial lines as a reward.

Temperature Control

The quality of your sleep each night is really important, as your skin needs for you to be having quality sleep in order for it to really thrive.

One factor that can really affect the quality of your sleep is the temperature of your bedroom.

If your bedroom is too warm, this will end up making you restless throughout the night, preventing a deep sleep.

Why?

Because of the way in which your body temperature drops as you fall asleep, but then rises again in the morning.

It is recommended that you keep the temperature of your room at around 65 degrees, although, of course, this will vary between individuals.

In addition to the temperature of your bedroom, you should also be paying attention to the clothes you wear to bed.

Wearing layers of warm clothing will only have you feeling overly warm, once again leading to a restless sleep.

Use an Overnight Mask

Overnight face masks can really work wonders on your skin, because they remain on your skin for so much longer than other types of products and treatments, enabling their active ingredients to really soak in and get busy.

When it comes to choosing an overnight mask…

You need to keep your skin type in mind. Here are a few tips:

  • Sensitive and Dry Skin – Look for a hydrating mask that will help to strengthen your skin’s natural barrier
  • Oily Skin – Oily skin still needs to be hydrated, but look for a lightweight, gel-based formula that will not interfere with your skin’s oil levels
  • Combination Skin – A lightweight mask is best, as any extra oil could cause problems
  • Mature Skin – Look for a product that contains added antioxidants, as these will help to tackle the skin problems that come with age

Drink a Glass of Lemon Water

This may seem simple, but a glass of lemon water before bed can have a huge effect on your skin, as well as your overall health.

How?

This is all down to the high levels of vitamin C that your lemons impart into the water.

Not only does this potent antioxidant help your skin to heal and regenerate overnight, but it also encourages your skin, from within, to continue producing plenty of collagen. Since collagen is essential when it comes to keeping the skin firm and smooth, this extra boost of it during the night can make a big difference to the texture of your skin.

Layer Your Products Correctly

Do you use multiple skin care products at night?

If so, you need to make sure that you are applying them to your skin in the correct order, as this will help to maximize their effect.

Wondering what this order is?

Well, it all depends on the products you use, of course, but, generally, you need to layer your products by weight.

This means that the lighter products, such as serums, are applied first, and are then followed by heavier products, such as moisturizers.

The exception here is when it comes to oils…

These may seem lightweight, but they do form a barrier over the surface of your skin, and will prevent any other products from properly penetrating into your skin. For this reason, oils should always be applied last.

A Gentle Facial Massage

Giving yourself a gentle facial massage before bed can help your skin in a number of ways. Not only does this boost blood circulation, increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients your skin cells receive at a time when it really needs this the most, but a massage will also help with lymphatic drainage.

Wondering how to do this?

It’s easy, just follow these steps:

  1. Rub a small amount of a serum or facial oil between your hands, as this will help your fingers to glide over your skin rather than causing friction
  2. Using your fingertips, gently press the center of your face, and then slowly move your fingers outwards
  3. Do the same but between your eyebrows, sliding your fingers up and across your forehead
  4. Then, using circular motions, massage the sides of your temples gently

Turn on the Humidifier

If you already own a humidifier, then before you go to bed is the time to turn it on.

Your humidifier will help to add moisture back into the air, therefore preventing the air from drawing moisture out of, and away from, your skin.

Don’t have a humidifier?

This is something well worth investing in for the sake of your skin. There are so many different types out there, and even a small, portable one could make a difference.

Stay Clear of Sugar and Carbs

While sugar and carbs are both things that should generally be avoided at all times, you should definitely try to stay away from these even more in the evenings.

Wondering why?

Because both of these trigger your body to release insulin, which then interferes with your natural hormones, leading to inflammation within the body, as well as a whole host of other skin issues.

Feeling hungry before bed?

There are so many healthy, skin-boosting options out there, from berries and grapes to nuts and seeds.

Don’t Neglect Your Lips

The skin on your lips is actually quite delicate and sensitive, so you do need to give your lips some extra attention in the evenings too.

Exfoliating your lips a few times a week will always help, and this can be done with either an exfoliating scrub or a brush.

Once you have exfoliated, this leaves the skin on your lips vulnerable to the environment around you, so always follow this up with a layer of a hydrating lip balm.

Loosely Tie Your Hair Back

If you have long hair, do you leave it loose while you are asleep?

If so, your hair likely rubs across your skin frequently throughout the night, which can end up adding oils to your skin while also influencing its own natural oil production. This can then easily lead to acne breakouts.

Of course, tying your hair back into a tight bun or ponytail will only result in hair breakages, especially around your hairline, and this is not something that anybody wants.

The solution is to tie it back loosely, such as in a high, loose ponytail. Even better, try wrapping it up in a silk scarf while you sleep.

Why silk?

Because cotton will end up absorbing the moisture from your hair, whereas silk will allow your hair to retain this.

This applies to your pillowcases as well…

While cotton will create friction against your skin, leading to creases and lines, a silk pillowcase will allow your skin to smoothly glide over it.

Your skin works so hard to repair itself while you are asleep, and by helping it with this, you will end up with such a healthy, glowing complexion. Everything from moisturizing to drinking some lemon water before bed can have an effect on its own, but try combining several of these tips for a quicker, more visible, improvement.