8 Sleeping Habits That Are Actually Ruining Your Skin

Imagine that you just got home after a super long day. You’re so tired that you’re practically dragging your feet and you’re yawning every two minutes. You feel way too lazy to do anything, and all you want to do is go to sleep. So what do you do next? Do you try your best to stay up and stick with your nightly beauty routine? Or do you head straight to bed without a second thought?

If your answer was the latter, then chances are, you’re slowly ruining your skin without even knowing it. For instance, going to bed without washing your face is one of the easiest ways to get bacterial infections and clog your pores, which could then lead to breakouts. And did you know that failing to remove all traces of your makeup each night could make you get sick?

Are you shocked yet? Just wait until you see these eight common bedtime habit that are actually damaging your skin.

Sleeping On Your Side

Okay, even I'm guilty of this. It’s one of the harder sleeping habits to avoid because it just feels so snug and comfy. But did you know that sleeping on your side actually causes more fine lines to form on your skin because of the added pressure? According to Cecilia Wong: “This sleeping position can also cause loose, saggy skin and can encourage bacteria.” So to minimize wrinkles and puffiness, avoid sleeping on your sides.

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Sleeping On Rough Pillowcases

According to Cecilia Wong, a facialist and founder of Cecilia Wong Skincare, “Long term use of rough pillowcases can cause wrinkles, the breakdown of collagen and breakouts.” So in other words, the rougher surface can lead to more creases, it tugs at the skin, and it’s very drying. But materials like satin and silk, on the other hand, help your skin retain its moisture and can minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

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Drinking Water Right Before Bed

Drinking liquids within the last hour before you go to bed is a pretty bad habit, because those constant, annoying bathroom breaks can cut into your sleeping time. Also, drinking too many liquids right before bed can cause puffiness around the eyes when you wake up in the morning.

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Not Washing Or Changing Your Pillowcase Often Enough

Failing to change your pillowcase and sheets on a regular basis can cause a lot of dirt and bacteria to accumulate, and this in turn can lead to clogged pores. It's an even bigger problem for those who are acne prone. But the best way to combat this is to wash or change your pillowcase at least once a week. You can also look out for sanitizing sprays to help kill the bacteria.

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Using The Wrong Kind Of Skincare Products At Night

We all hear about the importance of keeping your skin moisturized throughout the day, but the same thing applies for when you go to bed at night. You should apply a hydrating moisturizer, because it will prevent your skin from becoming rough and dried out. It can help you get softer, healthier looking skin in the morning.

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Sleeping In Your Makeup

If you think that falling asleep with your makeup on isn’t a big deal, then think again. It turns out that this habit can lead to bacterial infections, severe eye irritation, and breakouts. Even worse, the makeup residue that’s left your pillow can make you sick if you continue to sleep on it. To avoid this, make sure to clean off every trace of makeup before you go to bed.

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Not Washing Your Face Before Bed

It’s extremely important to wash your face every night before you go to bed. And no, I don’t mean half-heartedly splashing your face with some lukewarm water. You should wash your face thoroughly with a good cleanser to remove all the dirt, grime, and leftover makeup. If you don’t wash your face, the bacteria will cling to your pillowcase, and you’ll basically be resting your face against a massive buildup of dirt, oil, and old bacteria.

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Not Getting Enough Sleep

Inadequate sleep could lead to dehydrated and dull looking skin, so it’s important to try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night. When you get the sleep you need, your skin will look so much healthier and more refreshed.

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Have you been practicing any of these harmful bedtime habits? Which of them shocked you the most? Tell us in the comments below!

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