Beauty sleep is a real thing and everyone needs it! Studies have shown that people are at their most attractive when they have gotten a good night of sleep. And when they are sleep deprived? Well, they just aren’t as good-looking—or as nice to be around. If you want to be at your most attractive, you may need to make a few changes to your sleeping habits in order to let your body look and feel its best. But before we get started on how to look your best with beauty sleep, let’s take a look at why you need your beauty sleep.
You Need Your Beauty Sleep
So what is it about sleep that makes people more attractive? Well, there’s actual science behind the concept of beauty sleep. Here are some of the reasons that you’ll be prettier when you habitually get a full night of sleep:
- Repairing and Restoring
- Burning Fat
8 Ways to Get That Ultimate Beauty Sleep
1. Practice Good Sleep Hygiene.
Getting a good night’s sleep starts long before your head hits the pillow and your eyes close. Your body and brain need at least an hour to wind down and relax. This means putting your work away, turning down the lights, turning off electronics (blue screens are your enemy), taking a relaxing bath, playing soft music, or reading a non-stressful book. Taking a few deeps breaths or even practicing in mediation may be useful for some people. Anything you can do to release tensions of the day will help.
Other forms of sleep hygiene include doing what you can to block out light and noise in order to ensure the best quality of rest. This may mean wearing earplugs, installing room darkening blinds, and lowering the temperature of your room.
2. Keep a Regular Sleep Schedule.
Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day helps your body to naturally develop its important circadian rhythms. Even on days when you aren’t working or don’t have to get up for anything, do your best to maintain your sleep schedule. Eventually your body will trigger itself to wake up naturally and you may even find you don’t need to use that pesky alarm clock any longer!
3. Change Your Pillow Case.
If you can fit it into your budget, silk is the best kind of fabric for a pillowcase. That’s because silky smooth fabric helps to avoid tangles in your hair and is also less likely to wrinkle up your skin. Silk is a natural fiber that allows your skin to breathe. Satin is a more affordable substitute, but it’s a synthetic fiber so may be more likely to make your face and neck sweaty during the night—which no one wants. No matter what kind of pillowcase you use, be sure to wash it twice a week to keep bacteria from building up. On days you aren’t washing it, be sure to flip it over to sleep on the clean side.
4. Wash Your Face.
A critical part of your bedtime routine should be washing your face. Not only is your face carrying around old makeup or moisturizer from the day, it also has been collecting a variety of dirt and even toxic chemicals from the air. Wash your face before bed to avoid breakouts and tired-looking skin.
5. Moisturize Before Bed.
Nighttime is the perfect opportunity for your skin to repair itself all over. For your face, use an anti-aging night cream that will help hydrate the skin and smooth out any fine lines or wrinkles. Also, a healing lip balm applied at night will keep your pucker soft and supple. But don’t stop at your face. Before going to bed, be sure to put lotion all over your body parts. Your beauty products will work even better at night as your body is already repairing and restoring skin cells.
6. Use a Nighttime Humidifier.
Keeping your skin hydrated is a big job! You’re probably already spending the day drinking water to hydrate your skin from the inside out. Hydrating from the outside with the use of a cool mist humidifier can help keep your skin from drying out during the night. This is especially true in the winter when the air has a tendency to be less humid.
7. Sleep On Your Back.
People who sleep in the same positions on their faces for hours each night, for years at a time, can eventually end up with pillow face. It’s not a disease, per se, but it is certainly not attractive to have pillow wrinkles along your forehead or cheeks. Avoid this by sleeping on your back instead of on your stomach and side. When you’re younger you might not notice this as you have stretchy elasticity in your skin, but as you age that elasticity breaks down and can leave your face creased and wrinkled if you’re sleeping on it every night.
8. Avoid Drinking Alcohol in the Evening.
Although that glass of wine in the evening might make you feel sleepy in the moment, it’s actually likely to hi-jack your ability to sleep well. Drinking alcohol within a few hours of going to bed will inhibit your ability to get into the deep sleep cycles that your body needs to restore itself properly. That means you look and feel tired in the morning. Plus, alcohol can also mean a collection of fluid, resulting in those puffy eyes. If your friends are partying hard and you feel like you’re missing out, just remember how much more beautiful you’ll look in the morning!
Getting the right amount of sleep on a regular basis can absolutely change the way that you look in a positive way! Of course, you’re not likely to turn blonde if you were a brunette. But when you get into the habit of equipping yourself with enough sleep each night, you’re giving your skin, your body and your brain everything it can work with to make you look younger, happier, and more beautiful.