Bad habits can be hard to break. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t make a fresh start by adding new beauty rituals. Just making a few changes can make all the difference – you’ll see results immediately and over time.
Here are 10 essential beauty rituals or habits that offer tremendous benefits:
1. Remove Makeup (the RIGHT way).
To keep clear skin healthy and radiant looking, always remember to completely clean your face of makeup, dirt, and leftover grime from the day. Even if you are tired, never go to sleep with any makeup still on your face. Your skin needs to breathe and repair itself while you sleep, and pores clogged with makeup hinder this process. Not only that, but mascara, and even foundation that gets stuck inside the delicate pores of your face can cause potentially serious skin complications. So, before you turn in, take a few minutes to completely remove all of your makeup to prevent bothersome breakouts or clogged pores. Hot tip: Take a cue from the ‘double washing’ Korean beauty trend and wash your face twice. A few minutes of care at night can mean a fresh, glowing complexion will be yours the next day.
2. Purchase High-Quality Bedding.
Never underestimate the power of an extra fluffy (yet firm) pillow. Without proper sleeping alignment, you may suffer from loss of blood flow to the head and poor circulation of lymph fluids as you sleep. This can cause fluids to accumulate under the eyes, and in other areas of the face, causing dark circles, puffiness, and even uneven skin tone. Additionally, you may want to buy sheets with a high thread count – between 800 to 1000. Or even silk or sateen bedding to help prevent prematurely wrinkled skin.
3. Target Dark Spots.
There are many causes for the hyperpigmentation that causes dark spots including inflammation, age, photo damage and more! Caused by an overproduction of melanin in the skin, dark spots are not fully understood. However, you can target discoloration, and restore an even skintone at night. Beverly Hills MD Dark Spot Corrector illuminates small dark spots as you sleep, brightening skin for a more even look. For additional protection from hyperpigmentation, use an SPF during the day on dark spots to reduce photodamage by ultraviolet (UV) rays.
4. Just Add Water.
Dry skin is often caused by the overall evaporation of natural moisture inside the epidermis – the top layer of skin. Also known as transepidermal water loss, or TEWL, this loss of moisture can get especially bad during cold and windy winter months. Prevent moisture loss by restoring the moisture barrier with an air humidifier. Place it in your bedroom to help plump up skin cells as you sleep. You can even add a few drops of calming lavender essential oil into the mix for more restful sleep.
5. Never Neglect Your Hands.
Your hands come in contact with all types of dehydrating substances during the day. Repair them at night with Beverly Hills M.D. Crepe Correcting Body Complex. This ultra-thick moisturizing cream is specifically formulated for rapid firming and a tightening effect. Alternatively, you can maintain dry skin during the day with nutrient-dense jojoba oil. It works wonders on dry cuticles, and gives nails extra strength.
6. Be Gentle.
It’s estimated that approximately 45% of all women will experience hair thinning, or hair loss as they age. You may not realize it, but all of those tight pony tails, braids and heated styles may have taken more out of your hair than you thought. At night, be gentle on tired tresses by sleeping with loose hairstyles – and always use metal-free hair ties, to reduce hair fall. If you are suffering from pattern hair loss in areas of the scalp, check with your doctor. A biotin (vitamin B) supplement may help. (1)
7. Get to Bed.
Most people live hectic lives, and assume that the best way to get more done during the day is to skimp on sleep. However, it’s called beauty rest for a reason. During sleep, your body not only gets to rest, but it also restores you with hormones involved in regulating everything from your appetite, to your mood, and even the generation of new skin cells. Make sure to get to bed early enough to clock eight full hours of sleep every night.
8. Try a Serum.
Your anti-aging beauty regimen can start at any time. Even if you are still youthful-looking, it’s never too early to start preventing skin damage and premature signs of aging. Beverly Hills MD Line Smoothing Serum was formulated to reduce fine lines, and even deeper wrinkles with the power to boost collagen levels. Just a few drops of the Line Smoothing Serum deeply hydrates skin for a firmer look and smoother feel.
9. Mask It.
Before bed is the perfect time for a hair mask! Just remember to use an old pillowcase as you sleep with the mask on. Remove the pillowcase in the morning, and replace it with a clean one to prevent any lingering oils on your bedding. Here is a simple DIY hair mask recipe for you try: 1 egg yolk, 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, 1 Tbsp. honey. Simply blend all of the ingredients together and apply to hair and scalp. Then cover with a shower cap and sleep, for smoother hair with less frizzies.
Start breaking your bad beauty habits, today! Replace them with these 10 new nightly additions you probably aren’t doing … but definitely should.
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1. Quan Q Dinh, Rodney Sinclair. Female pattern hair loss: Current treatment concepts. Clin Interv Aging. 2007 Jun; 2(2): 189–199. 2007 Jun.