You slather on your sunscreen, you style your hair, and you apply your lipstick or lip balm that contains an SPF. You slip into that trendy outfit everyone compliments. You feel as though you couldn’t look better.
Waking up and primping to look beautiful in the eyes of any beholder is an essential routine if you want to look and feel attractive, but your morning ritual should be just part of your beauty routine. Exercising a little pre-bedtime strategy can enhance your appearance even more, and with little effort. The following steps will show you how you can improve your looks while you rest.
Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol and Salt
Before climbing into your bed (approximately 5 hours before), say no to any tempting caffeinated or salty foods. For some, caffeine can act as a diuretic, which means it may wake you up from your sleep so you can go to the bathroom. Since dehydration occurs while you sleep at night, avoid taking in caffeine so you don’t make this matter even worse and wake up to see skin that resembles a shriveled leaf thirsty for water. Alcohol is dehydrating, too, so stay away from alcoholic beverages. Excess salt should be avoided to prevent waking up with bags under your eyes.
Fall Asleep Face Up
Some people have the habit of sleeping on their side or stomach. This is a bad posture because sleeping with your face scrunched against your pillow or mattress will leave unwanted lines around your eyes, making you appear older than your age. To avoid this problem, make a conscious effort to sleep on your back throughout the night.
Apply Anti-Aging Night Cream or Serum
The application of night cream or serum is especially important once you start to notice wrinkles and sagging skin. Creams that moisturise your skin help diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Collagen creams firm your skin. Serums work at a deeper level because they are more fluid. Organic creams and serums may be best for those who are allergic to synthetic ingredients.
Get Eight Hours of Sleep
Sleep is the one step to younger looking skin that requires no work at all, so don’t skimp on the number of hours you sleep. Cell turnover accelerates when you sleep at night. Getting at least eight hours of shuteye is essential if you want to improve the look of your skin.
Moisturise Your Hands and Feet
Moisturised hands and feet look attractive and feel soft, so rubbing a generous amount of moisturiser or petroleum jelly into the skin on your hands and feet will have you waking up looking and feeling better about yourself. Exfoliating your hands and feet with an exfoliating product made for the body allows for better absorption, so you may want to incorporate this step before applying moisturiser. Skip this step, though, if your skin can be easily irritated, or it shows signs of cuts or burns. Slip your hands and feet into cotton gloves and socks after applying moisturiser for maximum results.