Are you getting your beauty sleep? Well, if you've been getting any sleep (which we hope you have) then the answer is yes you are! We've all heard about the importance of getting enough sleep to be at our healthiest but it's also important to get enough sleep to be at our best-looking.

When we sleep, our bodies actually become pretty active in repairing and refreshing our skin and hair. Here are some of the amazing things our bodies do while we're sleeping.

  • Stimulates collagen production which helps keep the skin plump and wrinkle-free

  • Increases blood flow to the skin which helps brighten our complexion

  • Strengthens immune system to help fight against skin issues like eczema, acne, rosacea, and psoriasis

  • Produces human growth hormone which stimulates your hair and nails to grow longer and stronger

  • Increases reparation of skin cells damaged by skin conditions and UV exposure

 

You'll notice that it's really your body doing the bulk of the work to maintain your beauty but there are actually some things you can do to help it along. Here's how to make sure you're really getting the most out of your beauty sleep.

 

One of the biggest cardinal sins of skincare is going to sleep with your makeup on and that's for good reason. Your skin can't partake in all those skin-repairing activities when it's covered in makeup all night. The consequence is waking up with irritated skin that will most likely break out in a couple of days. Don't let this be you! No matter what you're doing, make it a habit to always take your makeup off every night before getting in bed. And if you slip up one night and fall asleep with a full face, then here's what you should do.

 


Another important step in your night time routine should be moisturizing your face. One of the most important factors to maintaining a youthful and radiant glow on your face is your skin's moisture level. Dry skin can speed up aging, trigger excessive oiliness, and cause redness and irritation. Making sure that you lock in that moisture during sleep will mean your skin can properly restore and replenish itself during its most active recovery time.

 

 

If you're the type to sleep on your stomach or on your side, it might be time to reconsider your sleeping positions since these positions will push your face against your pillow for hours each night. Doing this for an extended amount of time can actually lead to fine lines and wrinkles along where your face has been squished on the pillow. In order to avoid this, consider sleeping on your back so that your face will be free from contact with your pillow.

 


While an increase in blood flow to the skin is actually a great thing to help repair and restore your skin's youthfulness, if your head isn't elevated properly it can actually pool up in your face overnight. This pooling up of blood can lead to bloodshot eyes, a puffy face, and those dreaded dark circles around your eyes. By adding an additional pillow, you can make sure that your head remains elevated just enough to avoid these problems and wake up looking better than ever.

 


Speaking of your pillows, switching to silk pillowcases should be on your to-do list, especially if you plan to keep sleeping on your side or stomach. Silk is one of the best fabrics to sleep on since it can help your skin and hair retain moisture and reduce irritation. Check out this post to read more about how your pillow affects your beauty sleep.

 


This one is a no-brainer. The more sleep you get, the longer your body is able to heal and protect itself from the elements. If you know you're not getting as much sleep as you should, now is the time to make that your focus, especially if you're concerned about looking your best. If you're having trouble falling or staying asleep, then here are a few ways to improve the quality of your sleep.

 

By following these 6 tips, you'll be able to take your beauty sleep to the next level!