The Beautiful Skin Blog

Healthy skin tip #6 : Wash your pillowcase and sheets!

Doesn't this tip just make you want to say "Duh! Why didn't I think of that already?"

If you get as much sleep as you need, you're spending at least seven hours each night with your face on that pillow. And even if you wash your face before going to bed (and you should – gently, always gently!) your pillowcase will slowly pick up oil, sweat, bacteria and dead cells from your skin, as well as dirt and dust and maybe allergens from the air.

Sleep clean! Change your pillowcase for a clean one every two to three days.

You can get a silk pillowcase on sale on Amazon for about $10. If you owe yourself a present, splurge and buy a few. Silk and satin are gentle fabrics for your skin.

In addition to being comfy to sleep on.

 

Healthy skin tip #4: Manage your stress

 

Stress is not your friend! We all know it – but how does it specifically affect your skin and face?

Stress causes your body to release larger amounts of certain chemicals, including cortisol, adrenaline and DHEA (which is made by your adrenal glands, and which your body then converts into estrogen or testosterone).

These substances are not inherently bad – you'll even find DHEA sometimes called "the youth hormone." However! As with many natural body processes, too much is not a good thing. Elevated levels have some negative effects. For example, your immune system and anti-inflammatory abilities are both lowered by high levels of cortisol. These chemicals can also kick your sebaceous glands into high gear – resulting in overly oily skin.

 

So how do you manage stress?

Personally, we like yoga. (Here are some folks we follow on Twitter for that reason.)

But there are many known ways to help lower your stress level. And they're all good!

- Moderate, consistent exercise helps manage hormone levels (and obviously your overall health!)
- Getting enough sleep is extremely valuable
- Eating healthy food and avoiding too much sugar, caffeine and fatty foods – those "guilty pleasures" are short-term fun but long-term leave us feeling worse
- Meditation and other forms of peaceful relaxation help your mind govern your body
- Maintain relationships: Quality "face time" really does show on your face!

 

See earlier tips on reducing sun exposure and showers-versus-facewashing time.

Got more tips you'd like to share? Leave a comment or send us a note.

 

Photo: Petr Kratochvil

 

Healthy skin tip #2: Get some sleep!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We've all heard the expression about "getting your beauty rest" – well, it's true! Getting the right amount of sleep can make a huge difference in keeping your skin (along with the rest of you) healthy

When you sleep, your body spends more of its energy on replenishing skin cells and producing important things like human growth hormone and collagen.

This is why babies and teenagers sleep so much – their bodies are busy growing. But long after the teen years, we all still need good healthy sleep!

According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens (age 10 to 17) need at least 8 1/2 hours every night, and sometimes more depending on lots of factors such as their activity.

Adults need between seven and nine hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep per night.

(If you missed it, here's healthy skin tip #1. Follow us on Twitter or Pinterest to stay on top of all our practical skincare advice.)