Sleeping for 7 to 9 hours a night is recommended for health and well being and yet 60% of American women regularly sleep less. There are plenty of clever make-up products that will give your face a fresh, dewy glow and hide dark patches under your eyes after a poor night’s sleep but nothing beats waking up feeling and looking refreshed. Getting plenty of sleep is important for your skin but so is keeping it cleansed and hydrated so don’t scrimp on your bedtime skin routine. It doesn’t have to be extensive and the effort you put in, coupled with a good few hours sleep, will work wonders for your complexion.

SLEEPING BEAUTY

This is because your skin absorbs a higher level of nutrients while your body is resting. Sleep is the time when skin cells repair themselves and all skin, however flawless, needs time to refresh itself. Sleep has been proven to help heal wounds faster and your face will benefit from some proper rest. Drink plenty of water so your body isn’t dehydrated overnight and, on evenings when you have more time, exfoliate to get rid of dead skin before a restorative night’s sleep.

FALL ASLEEP NATURALLY

If you have trouble getting to sleep at night, make sure your bed isn’t the problem. A comfortable, eco-friendly mattress, made without harmful, chemical materials could be the key to a great night’s sleep. Match it with supportive pillows covered in silk cases. The smoothness of the silk prevents creases forming on your skin and, because silk is a natural product, it’s great for anyone with sensitive skin as it doesn’t clog pores.

RISE AND SHINE

Even with a calm and comfy bedroom, there will be times when you’ve been working or partying late and you just don’t have time to get the hours of sleep you really need. A face scrub will brighten the skin in the morning and simply using it with cold water will get the blood flowing, giving some color to your face. Just make sure to catch on some sleep later and try to organize your schedule so you don’t have too many nights in a row where you’re burning the candle at both ends.

It’s great fun to experiment with skin products and new makeup ideas but it’s even better when your skin is the best it can be to start with. Find time to cleanse, tone and moisturize in the evening, make the effort to get plenty of rest and your skin will have a beautiful, natural glow in the morning.