July 22, 2019 When it comes to a beauty regime that actually works, sleep is one of the most important parts. Getting the right beauty sleep can help you to look and feel great, from waking up with glowing skin to going about your day with a spring in your step. But, if you struggle to get that much-needed beauty sleep, we have a list of tips and tricks for getting the most out of yours. Sleep on a Silk Pillowcase Something which has hit the beauty community by storm is how much sleeping on a silk pillowcase can improve your beauty sleep. Not only is the fabric super soft, but it’s also hypoallergenic, with moisturising properties, which is great for your skin and hair. Unlike cotton and synthetic fabrics, a silk pillowcase will not pull or tug at your skin, meaning you’ll wake up with a healthy, radiant complexion. Grey Housewife Silk Pillowcase Ivory Silk Pillowcase with Cotton Underside Lie on Your Back Most people tend to sleep on their side, or their front wrapped up in the covers with their faced pressed into their pillow. Although this may feel super comfortable, sleeping with your face pressed into your pillow can contribute to set-in lines, creases and wrinkles. You may notice that some people get fine lines more on one side of their face. This is likely due to that person sleeping on the same side of their face night after night. To get the best beauty sleep for the skin on your face, try to sleep on your back. The less contact your face has with your pillow, the better. Unless you’re sleeping on silk of course. If you find it difficult to sleep on your back, you can try sleeping with a silk eye mask, which will protect some of the skin on your face. Silk Sleep Eye Mask Gelato Colour Silk Sleep Eye Mask Moisturise Before Bed Getting great beauty sleep can start even before you get into your bed, and it is no secret that moisturised skin is healthy, good-looking skin. So, you may find it useful to develop a nightly skin routine to moisturise, before you hit the sack. How complicated your routine is up to you and will depend on your skin type. But, for most, a simple cleanse, tone and moisturise will do the trick. Remove All Makeup Speaking of cleansing and toning, you must make sure you remove any and all makeup from your face before you settle down for your beauty sleep. Sleeping in your makeup can wreak havoc on your skin, clogging your pores and causing breakouts. If you’re looking for a new way to cleanse your skin before you climb between the sheets, silk beauty cocoons are perfect for cleansing and gently exfoliating your skin. Silk Beauty Cocoons Wash Your Pillowcases Keeping your pillowcase clean is also an important part of getting the best beauty sleep you can. Experts recommend that you wash your pillowcases once a week. For those with acne-prone skin, you may need to wash yours a little more often. You should also remember to wash your pillows as well as your pillowcases. This will prevent the build-up of dirt, sweat and oils which could affect your skin while you sleep. When you put yours in the washing machine, be sure to take notice of the care instructions on the label, so that you don’t do your bedding any damage. At Jasmine Silk, our silk pillowcases are machine washable at 30 degrees, for your convenience. You should also remember to use a gentle detergent if you have sensitive skin. Keep the Temperature Low It is pretty well-known that it is easier to sleep in low temperatures, which is pretty apparent during the summer months. So, to make sure the temperature of your room doesn’t affect how well you sleep, keep your room cool before bed by opening a window or turning your heating off. Not only is a low temperature more comfortable, but it also helps your metabolism and blood flow. Improved blood flow while you sleep oxygenates your skin, keeping it looking plump and firm. Create a Relaxing Environment If you want to get a full night’s sleep so you wake up feeling your best, you will need to create a relaxing environment to sleep in. There’s no use trying to feel calm and relax in a busy or untidy room. So, start with keeping your bedroom as tidy as you can. Set some mood lighting before bed and even try treating yourself to some new bedsheets, or soft blankets. You should also try and make sure you make your bed every day, so it’s ready for you later on. Once you’ve created a relaxing environment to sleep in, make sure you only use your bedroom for that purpose. That way, when you do head to bed, your body will know it’s time for sleep. Grey Silk Blanket Silk Shawl Throw Wear Your Hair Up The oils and products left in your hair can lead to breakouts if you sleep with your hair on your face. That is why when you’re getting your beauty sleep, it is best to sleep with your hair up and out of the way. Just be sure not to tie it too tightly, as this can cause strain leading to breakage. If your beauty rest involves maintaining a hairstyle, you can also try sleeping with a silk sleeping cap. This helps to keep your hair in place while protecting it from frizz caused by friction on your pillowcase. Put the Phone Away Another part of creating a relaxing environment before you go to sleep is to put your phone away and keep electronics away from your bed. So many people keep their phone’s right by their bed, and although this may be helpful, it is a huge distraction. Remove the temptation to check it and leave it somewhere away from your bed. If you need help with this, try investing in a proper alarm clock. That way, you have no excuse for leaving your phone by your bedside. Try a Humidifier Hydration is the key to beautiful looking skin, and since you can’t consume water while you’re sleeping, your skin loses a lot of its moisture throughout the night. Silk pillowcases will help your skin to retain moisture while you sleep, but another thing you can use is a humidifier. A humidifier works by taking water from a series of chambers and pushing them into the air. Having one of these overnight will make the air less dry, helping your skin. Use Breathing Techniques If it’s actually getting the required number of hours sleep a night that you need to get your beauty rest, you may find breathing techniques useful. Whether you’re feeling stressed or you struggle to switch off your mind, breathing and meditation can do wonders for helping you drift off to a peaceful night’s sleep. One breathing technique that is designed to put you in the right frame of mind to sleep is the 4-7-8 technique, which focuses on your breathing pattern. To do it, breathe in for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds then exhale forcefully. Repeat this exercise for 4 full breaths. Keep Good Time In addition to breathing techniques and meditation, your body will also respond well if you maintain a good bedtime. Going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day helps you get into a pattern, which will improve how well you sleep. Learn more about the silk products we offer on our website or take a look at the rest of our blog for more lifestyle advice and silk information.