4). Formulate A Nightly Beauty Ritual
Your skin does the majority of its repair work at night, so you need to optimize that with some really fabulous products. Night creams are specifically formulated with more moisturizers and active ingredients in order to capitalize on your revved up reparative system, so you'll get the best beauty results if you use one at bedtime, as opposed to your usual moisturizer. Praska says you should also only use exfoliating treatments like glycolic acid or retinol at night, as they will irritate your skin and can cause sun damage if you use them during the day.
5). Trick Your Body Into Relaxing
Simple things like what you eat and your body temperature can actually have a huge impact on your sleep. Coffee addict? Better cut down on the afternoon lattes — caffeine can actually stay in your system up to 7 hours after being consumed, which can cause some big problems trying to get to la la land later that night. Instead, Praska recommends drinking chamomile tea, which can have a calming effect and is caffeine-free. Dr. Edlund also says that a nightcap is a big no-no — it can be just as disruptive as caffeine and will only cause you to wake up more during the night.
If you're having real trouble falling asleep, Dr. Edlund recommends the temperature trick: Take a hot bath right before bedtime. It will raise your core temperature, so that when you get out, you get cold, which causes you to get sleepy. "When your body core temperature rapidly declines, it tells your brain to go to sleep immediately. Taking a hot bath seems to mimic that natural prompt," says Edlund.
Ren Omega 3 Overnight Lipid Renewal Serum, $60, available at SpaceNK; Rodial Glamtox Night, $110, available at Skinstore; Bliss The Youth As We Know It Anti-Aging Night Cream, $79, available at Sephora; Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum, $60, available at Dermalogica; Neal's Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Concentrate, $51, Neal's Yard Remedies for locations.
Photos: Via SpaceNK; Courtesy of Rodial, Bliss, Dermalogica, Neal's Yard Remedies
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