How to Hydrate Your Skin While You Sleep

Woman Lying in Bed Sleeping

Did You know: The Best Time to Hydrate Your Skin is at Night

A lack of hydration is particularly harmful and devastating for facial skin. When your skin isn’t hydrated, you stand to experience decreased collagen production, increased wrinkles, blemishes, discoloration, a dull complexion and a host of other issues.

It’s really simple to rehydrate your skin, but you need to use the right techniques and products. The best time to hydrate your skin is at night when your skin naturally repairs itself as you sleep.

This presents an amazing way for you to slip into maximum enjoyment as you prep and relax for bed. Let’s look at five simple steps to take before bedtime to wake up to naturally nourished and replenished skin.

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  1. Thoroughly Cleanse Your Skin
  2. Use Serum, Night Cream and Oil
  3. Try a Hydrating Mask
  4. Don’t Forget Your Hands and Feet
  5. Increase Air Moisture and Relax the Mind
  6. Video: Best Ways To Cure Dry Skin Before Sleeping

Step 1: Thoroughly Cleanse Your Skin

You’ll want to choose a gentle cleanser that can thoroughly wash away all traces of makeup. Cetaphil, Micellar Water and other gentle cleansers help to cleanse the skin without over-drying it.

Even if you don’t use makeup on your skin, you will still want to gently wash away dust, excessive sebum and any skin contaminants that can impede hydration.

It can be beneficial to use a face-cleansing brush. Silicone facial brushes offer a gentle way of providing a deeper clean. This brush, by Jever Beauty, can be charged up, and it will help to increase blood circulation, which is highly beneficial in decreasing wrinkles and discoloration.

You can use a facial steamer to ensure maximum cleansing. Facial steamers encourage the pores to gently purge themselves of sebum and other pore-clogging contaminants.

Thorough cleansing helps the skin to achieve optimal hydration as well. You can use a pore vacuum, such as this one, to gently extract anything that is clogging your pores (including dead skin).

Step 2: Use Serum, Night Cream and Oil

After your skin is thoroughly clean, you will want to put both cream and a serum on your skin. However, you will need to use them in the right order. Serum is lighter than cream.

Serum works to soften and hydrate your skin while cream can also add to the hydrating properties by sealing in hydration. If you’re going to use an oil as a follow-up, put it on after your cream.

Hyaluronic acid is a popular serum to use right now. It provides phenomenal moisture to the skin and increases plumpness, collagen production and helps to increase vitamin C absorption, which can further increase collagen production.

It is a natural humectant, which means it draws water from the air and delivers it to the skin.  Opt for a natural cream that can treat a variety of issues, such as this one by Deluvia.

Prickly pear seed oil is another highly beneficial item to add to your nighttime routine. It increases collagen production, fights discoloration, reduces under-eye circles and hydrates the skin beautifully.

This tool by Spa Sciences helps to deliver creams and serums deep into the skin for maximum absorption. You can use this with your serum before adding cream.

Step 3: Try a Hydrating Mask

Hydrating sleep masks are meant to be worn before bedtime. Some come with a cream to put on after the mask. If you’re going to use a hydrating mask, use your serum first. Then, apply your hydrating mask over it.

Follow this with your cream. You can technically use oil after all of this, but you won’t need to since you will be using a serum and a mask. Aveeno offers a no-mess approach at hydrating.

Step 4: Don’t Forget Your Hands and Feet

One of the best times to hydrate your hands and feet is during the night because you aren’t walking around, handling things or washing your hands. You can use gloves and socks to help keep products on your feet.

You can also wear feet masks. Feet masks, like these, are designed to stay securely on your feet. You can wear socks over them to avoid slipping on the floor during the night should you have to get up.

If you need to remove rough skin and calluses from the bottom of your feet, you can use an exfoliating foot mask to remove this skin. It takes roughly two weeks for all of your dead skin to come off.

You can use foot masks and creams on your feet at any time during the exfoliation process. This hand cream helps to moisturize hands while rejuvenating them.

Step 5: Increase Air Moisture and Relax the Mind

After you have done all of the above, it’s time to increase your home’s air moisture content. All of the products you have used on your skin will rely, in some part, on drawing moisture from the air and delivering that to your skin.

You can use a regular humidifier or a cool-mist humidifier to avoid heating up the air.

When you awake in the morning, don’t forget to cleanse and moisturize your skin. Keep up this nighttime and daytime moisturization and you will see dramatic results.

Video: Best Ways To Cure Dry Skin Before Sleeping by Dr. Mona Vand

About the Author:

Helena B. Rogers is the publisher of this website “The Savvy Woman Blog” and ““. For more than 20 years, she has been committed to All things women.

Through the use of her newspaper, websites, newsletters and workshops, Helena has been devoted to informing, inspiring and encouraging women.

Because of her experiences as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, business woman, and volunteer, Helena is happy and excited to share practical and heartfelt information with you.

Helena has recently published “Don’t Forget Your Sunglasses”, a six-step guide to using Vision Boards to set goals and achieve your dreams.

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