Do you ever wake up in the morning after a night of treatments, only to find when you look in the mirror that your skin isn’t as fresh or hydrated as it should be? It’s probably because you’ve made some common mistakes before going to bed without knowing it. Facials take time and attention, but if done correctly, they can give you years of healthy, glowing skin. In this article, we’ll cover the most common facial care mistakes that many people make when preparing for a good night’s sleep. Find out what these errors are and how you can be sure not to abuse them!
Overuse of exfoliants:
While exfoliation can be beneficial for removing dead cells and promoting cell turnover, using harsh ingredients or exfoliating too often can damage the skin barrier and increase sensitivity. Use gentle scrubs a few times a week with ingredients like sugar or oatmeal rather than harsher chemical exfoliants that may strip natural oils from the skin’s surface.
Applying moisturizer too late:
Hydration is an important aspect of healthy skin, but it has to be done the right way. Too often people make the mistake of applying moisturizer right before bed. Of course, now seems like the perfect time to do this, but in this case, the skin won’t benefit much from the active ingredients, because those nutrients will be trapped in the pillowcase. Eventually, it does more harm than good and wastes your precious beauty products! It’s best to thoroughly cleanse and tone your face before applying your moisturizer at least 30 minutes before you go to sleep so it can really penetrate your pores overnight.
Not changing pillowcases regularly:
Pillowcases tend to accumulate bacteria from sweat, saliva, oil from our hair and dirt which can then transfer to our face as we sleep at night if not changed quite often. Change your pillowcase every three days at least to minimize contact between these contaminants and your face.
Sleeping on your stomach or on your side:
Sleeping on your stomach or side causes friction between your face and the pillowcase which can create wrinkles over time due to the delicate facial tissues being crushed against the fabric surface during sleep movements all through the night. To avoid this problem, sleep on your back instead!
Rubbing or scratching the face:
Avoid rubbing or scratching your face before bedtime. Both of these actions can disrupt natural healing pathways and create micro-abrasions that open up opportunities for infection by trapping bacteria. Also, be careful when scratching blemishes, as this can spread bacteria and cause irritation or infection in other areas of the face.
Before pressing this button, think about the consequences. Popping pimples late at night can easily ruin your glowing facial complexion in the long run. This is because when you pop a pimple, you create an open pore where bacteria can begin to multiply, causing larger, more inflamed pimples that can take forever to heal. To preserve your skin’s natural balance and maintain a healthy facial care routine, it’s important not to pop pimples before bedtime. Resist the urge and be sure to use cleansers and lotions before bed so your skin is safe from bacteria buildup overnight!
Taking care of your skin is an important part of any beauty routine, but even careful attention can lead to mistakes. Overly aggressive cleansing at night can damage your face’s protective barrier and strip away beneficial oils, leading to excessive dryness, irritation, redness and breakouts. To avoid these unintended consequences, be careful how you treat your skin to cleansing. It must be damp before using the cleanser to simplify the production of foam without friction. With circular movements, reach all the spots and creases and maintain gentle contact. You can also invest in a smart facial brush to make your job easier and ensure you have dirt-free skin.