I know how easy it is to skimp on my beauty routine in the evening because the day is long and tiring, so I’m definitely guilty of nighttime beauty mistakes. My morning beauty routine is easy to get accomplished because I want to look my best when I leave the house. But by the end of the day, I’m often too tired to attend to my beauty. I know I’m not the only one, so I went on a quest to find out the most common nighttime beauty mistakes and I’ve compiled them into this list for you to benefit from.
1. Forgetting to Wash
Your face, that is. Sleeping in your make-up is a big time no-no, according to virtually every beauty expert out there. It leaves you at risk of clogged pores, which can lead to unsightly and uncomfortable acne. It only takes a couple of seconds, so cleansing is one of the nighttime beauty mistakes that’s easy to fix. Wash with facial cleanser and water or swipe your face clean with cleansing cloths.
2. Tight Hairstyles
If you prefer to sleep with your hair tied back or love the waves that result after sleeping with a braid, you need to be sure your style is loose. Really tight hair can cause damage to your strands and can even cause trouble with your hairline. It’s fine to pull your hair back, but don’t pull it as tight as it will go. Instead leave it loose and comfortable and you’ll be way better off.
3. Stomach Sleeping
I know how hard it is to stay in one position during sleep. I often wake up in a different place than when I laid down. Experts say that stomach sleeping can wreak havoc on many areas of your appearance. It can cause puffy eyes and wrinkles. It’s best to sleep on your back as much as possible to counteract the effects.
4. Using a Dirty Pillowcase
You should be washing your bedding at least once a week in hot water. Too long between washes and your pillowcase begins to harbor bacteria and germs from your skin, as well as mites and dust that can cause rashes and itchiness. Wash your sheets and pillowcases on a regular basis and you won’t have anything to worry about.
5. Skipping the Brush and Floss
You only get one set of teeth to last your entire adulthood so it pays to care for them. The occasional slip up won’t cause any harm, but regularly forgetting to brush and floss can lead to cavities and other dental issues that are definitely not pretty. So make it a habit to brush up and floss so you can keep your fabulous, beautiful smile forever.
6. Forgetting Moisturizer
I notice right away if I forget my lotion after a shower because my skin feels tight. I like to shower at night so I can air dry my curly hair, and I always remember to slather an anti-wrinkle cream on my face and hands, and a body lotion everywhere else. That way my skin stays hydrated while I sleep. Do the same and you can count on waking up to healthy and radiant skin every morning.
7. Talking on the Phone
Once you’ve washed your face, it’s best to try and refrain from using your cell for conversation. That’s because the screen of your phone, the part that touches your face, is often covered in germs and your make-up. Transfer it to your skin before bed and you run the risk of a breakout. If you must chat, clean your phone with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol to clear away debris and bacteria.
Do you commit any of these mistakes? Hey, no one is perfect, but we can all do better by trying to stay on track with the nighttime beauty routine. Do you have any other tips?