Beauty sleep is crucial, but what you do before you sleep also affects your complexion. These fast pre-bedtime techniques can leave your skin smoother and more luminous when your alarm goes off.

1. Cleanse twice a week
Have you ever wiped your makeup off before going to bed and then awoke with liner smeared beneath your eyes? That turns out to be typical, especially if you applied long-lasting cosmetics, which actually achieves what it claims. This is why: Polymers in 12- to 24-hour foundations, mascaras, eyeliners, and eye shadows do not dissolve easily with soap and water or a water-based makeup remover.

To really remove all traces of makeup, follow the lead of Korean skin care and wash your face twice, a technique known as “double cleansing.” To begin, remove your makeup with an oil-based cleanser (the oil breaks down the waxes and polymers far more efficiently than soap and water). Then, using a mild non-soap cleanser, remove any remaining residue from your skin.

2. Get Hot and Steamy
You certainly don’t have time for a four to six-week facial, but here’s how you can seem like you do. Try this method once a week. Before washing your face, take a hot, steamy shower for a minute or two. Avoid coming into close touch with the water, since this might cause scalding. Simply expose your face to the steam for a short period of time to allow it to open your pores.

3. Remove Dead Skin
If your skin appears dull and lifeless, dead skin cells are most likely to blame. Skin cells shed normally every 28 days, but they can sometimes accumulate on your skin, producing an uneven texture. Use an alpha-hydroxy acid-based cleanser at least twice a week to keep these dead cells moving, which will leave you with bright, smooth skin since the acids in cleansers go deeper into your skin’s layers than physical scrubs, dissolving the ties between dead cells and freeing them.

4. Apply Moisture to Your Skin
Hydrators fill up skin, smoothing the appearance of fine wrinkles and making it look smoother. They also calm your skin after exfoliation. Apply a moisturising nighttime mask, such as Olay Regenerist Luminous nighttime Mask, before going to bed. It’s a lightweight gel with moisturising glycerin, a chemical that helps your skin hold on to water and even takes moisture from the air, plumping up your skin even more. Keep it in the fridge between applications; if your moisturiser or moisturising mask is cold when applied, it will reduce redness in your skin by restricting blood vessels and will also help tighten your skin.

5. Sleep on your stomach
When you wake up in the morning and fall asleep on your stomach or side, pillows and sheets can create ugly indentations on your cheeks. Worse, studies reveals that putting pressure on your face might cause wrinkles over time. Sleeping on your back (with a silk pillowcase) not only keeps your face free of fine wrinkles, but it also avoids fluids from gathering beneath your eyes and causing ugly bags. Apply a caffeine-laced eye lotion around your eyes before going to bed to help avoid under eye puffiness. And there you have it  “proper beauty sleep.”

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