We all know that getting enough sleep allows our bodies to restore themselves and gain energy. However, with people’s busy schedules, it can be difficult to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep every night. This can pose many problems on our bodies, including slowing the recovery times of our bodies being able to heal themselves, problems with our nutritional diets, and acne.
Get Good Sleep, Minimize Acne
1. Leave your worries behind. If you are dealing with problems that cause great stress, it’s important to find a way to release that stress before bed. Why? Stress can cause your oil glands to overproduce sebum (oil). This sebum can settle in your pores, thus, causing acne. What can you do? Get enough sleep. Forget about your problems. Lack of sleep will trigger unnecessary stresses on your body so it’s important to find peace before bed. Turn off the television, computer, or cell phone and close your eyes and meditate 30 minutes before bed. Your brain will relax, as will your body, and sleep will be near. Zzz…
2. Make sure your bed is clean. Fresh clean bed sheets and pillow cases will minimize your chance of acne breakouts. Bed sheets should be washed weekly, bi-weekly if you suffer from severe acne. Dead skin cells, oil, bacteria, and microscopic bugs settle on your sheets within a couple days of sleeping on them. Keep it all clean!
3. Cleanse your face before bed. Sometimes all it takes is the simple act of cleansing your face before bed to prevent acne from developing on your skin. It helps remove excess residue, bacteria, and sebum from your skin, minimizing your chance of breaking out. Use a gentle exfoliating cleanser, pat dry with a soft hand towel, and apply an oil-free moisturizer to retain needed moisture.
Remember to turn off all distractions and electronics 30-60 minutes before bed. Your mind and body need to be free of things that keep them alert and active. Drink a cup of warm chamomile tea with raw honey to calm you down. Take a hot bubble bath. Read a book. Anything that will relax you is crucial for getting you ready for bed. Beautiful sleep equals beautiful skin.