Getting the recommended amount of sleep every evening is an important part of the process in which your skin tissue heals and repairs itself.
Not getting enough sleep can affect this process and can also mean that your facial tissue ages more quickly.
We’re spending a huge amount on face washes, cleansers, moisturisers and general creams, all to achieve a healthier and younger-looking appearance, but at what cost? Is using all of these products and our daily cleaning routine all necessary to ensure our skin is as healthy as it can be?
Perhaps it’s not all down to the facial products that we’re using, as even some bedding products could also impact the appearance of skin.
So to help ensure that your skin is given the best opportunity to repair itself during the evening, let’s take a look at some of the things that you might want to look out for when carrying out your skincare routine as well as some of the products that you want to be aware of and how they can affect your skin.
Sleep on your back
Getting your full quota of sleep helps to reduce ageing; this is a pretty popular view that you will probably have heard before. However, what you might not have been aware of is that your sleeping position could also affect how quickly your skin ages.
According to Renee Rouleau’s blog looking at the effect of sleep on ageing, after being exposed to sunlight or UV lighting, having your face squashed onto a pillow for about 2,500 hours every year whilst you sleep is similar to ironing wrinkles onto the skin!
Therefore, sleeping on your back is recommended as being one of the best ways to help avoid the appearance of wrinkles on the skin during sleep.
However, this isn’t to say that you should have to completely avoid sleeping on your side altogether if this is your preferred position to sleep in.
Using a firm pillow, (you can take a look at our extensive Sleepy People pillow range here to find the perfect level of firmness for you) and positioning your head lower down on the pillow so that the bottom half of your face does not make contact with the pillow will help to prevent your face squashing onto the pillow.
The nasolabial fold wrinkles, which are the lines that run from the nostrils down to the corners of the mouth are most at risk of creasing up on your side, therefore sleeping further down on the pillow so that just your face is touching the pillow will help to lessen the appearances of lines and creases.
Silk is the way forward
Most of us will probably sleep on cotton pillow cases, however it could be time to ditch the cotton in favour of silk or satin pillowcases instead.
The problem with cotton is that it soaks up moisture from the skin and hair and will dry out the skin tissue, as well as compress wrinkles and cause creasing according to an article published on Living Traditionally looking at why purchasing a silk pillowcase is worth the purchase.
The same blog post also stated that silk is the closest material to human skin, and with 18 essential amino acids and natural protein, this material is great for reducing ageing, particularly facial skin. Wrinkles can also be prevented by the natural cellular albumen found in silk that boosts skin cell metabolism.
Be cautious of fabric softeners
Another product that you might want to be wary of and could end up causing damage to your skin as highlighted by E Online is fabric softeners, and laundry products in general.
Cleaning your bedding is an important part of preventing a build up of bacteria on your bedding, particularly on your pillow where germs can often be found, however some ingredients used to form laundry products may cause skin irritations, allergic reactions, itching, dryness, acne and more.
For example, ingredients found in cleaning agents are used in products to help improve the wetting and oil solubilizing of the products to help cleaning to be more effective as highlighted by Cinco Vidas’s article.
The impact of cleaning agents is that they can cause skin irritation by damaging the proteins found in the skin, meaning that the skin will dry out more quickly and will not be able hold moisture as effectively, resulting in itchy and cracked skin.
The article suggests that to help prevent irritation when cleaning your bedding can be achieved by ensuring that you check the labels thoroughly and try and opt for products which are dye and fragrance free. Products with less chemicals added to them can often be more easily located in organic stores.
Ensure face products suit your skin type
Washing your face is an important part of your daily skincare regime, especially before bed.
However, using products, such as face wipes, washes, cleansers and moisturisers which are too harsh for your skin can inadvertently cause more damage to your skin, particularly if you are leaving them on overnight for eight hours or so whilst you sleep.
Opting for more natural products with less ingredients added to them can help to prevent your skin’s natural oils being removed.
It’s also important that if your skin is more sensitive or you suffer from acne, that you aren’t using products which are too harsh for your face.
You can find out more of Good Housekeeping’s tips for avoiding common blunders to help improve your skin by clicking here.
Looking after your skin is essential both through the day and night in order to ensure that your skin is given the best chance of repairing itself as possible. What we have also highlighted is that it’s not only skincare products which may cause damaging effects to your skin, however some of the products that you use at night and the position you sleep in can also affect the ageing of your skin. Hopefully though our tips on how to prevent the use of damaging products on your skin will keep your skin tissue as heathy and youthful-looking as possible!