Is your bedtime ritual helping or hurting your skin?
Forget late-night runs or midnight juice cleanses. Use our 4 most relaxing facial exercises before your head hits the pillow to stimulate younger, tighter skin while you sleep.
What does your pre-bedtime ritual look like?
If it’s checking your Facebook or watching TV, you could be missing out on seriously powerful benefits to your skin that only come about when you create the optimal sleeping conditions for yourself.
Because it’s during deep sleep that your body produces growth hormones. These hormones include critical peptides that stimulate cell production and cell regeneration. So you don’t just feel older when you go without a good sleep – you look older too.
Sleep also stimulates collagen synthesis, which is a fancy way of saying your skin becomes tighter with regular deep sleep. In contrast, a lack of sleep (and resulting lack of collagen production) leaves your skin without the crucial protein it needs to retain elasticity and firmness – which is how wrinkles develop.
Convinced you need to up your sleeping game yet? Read on to discover how to use Face Yoga to tighten and tone your skin while you’re sleeping.
Why Face Yoga Before Sleep Is so Important
Everyone knows how important sleep is for health and wellbeing, but that doesn’t make it easy to get your recommended 8 hours per night.
Unfortunately, a lack of sleep isn’t just leaving you tired, irritated, and in need of an extra-strong coffee each morning – it’s also harming your skin. Poor sleep can result in increased stress hormones that inflame skin conditions like acne or psoriasis.
On the flipside, cellular repairs occur while you sleep, meaning that shut-eye is crucial for healthy, clean skin. This process occurs at the deepest layer of your skin – the stratum basale – with new cell production moving to the outer layer of skin, the dermis.
This process is at its peak between 11 pm and 4 am, with a deep sleep encouraging the production of collagen, which is required to keep skin tight and taut.
And if all of these benefits occur when you drift off to dreamland, it’s the window of time before you go to bed that should be maximized to prepare your skin and get the most from your good night’s sleep.
Read on for our 4 favorite facial exercises to do before bed.
Before Bed Exercise #1 – The Tension Melter
Let’s face it, life can be stressful.
Whether it’s working from home, managing a chaotic household, or trying to find time for yourself, those 24 hours in the day can quickly be filled up.
To make sure you’re hitting the pillow in a ‘zen mode’ and giving your skin the best possible tools to regenerate and heal, you’ll want to melt away the stress of the day.
This simple facial exercise before sleep helps to stimulate your acupuncture pressure points and reduce eye strain. And with the average woman spending x hours staring at screens during the day, eye strain is a common concern.
Here’s how you perform this relaxing pre-bed routine:
- Apply gentle pressure to the corner of your eyes [30 seconds]
- Circle clockwise while maintaining gentle pressure [30 seconds]
- Repeat in an anti-clockwise direction [30 seconds]
This Face Yoga before bed exercise will help you calm down and enjoy a good night’s sleep even when it’s been “one of those days”.
Before Bed Exercise #2 – The Eye Circle
Have you noticed puffiness around your eyes? Or, are dark circles greeting you in the mirror each morning?
Lack of sleep can quickly show up around your eyes because too little sleep can cause your blood vessels to dilate. As the skin around your eyes is 10x thinner than anywhere else on your face, it doesn’t take much for these dilated blood vessels to change the color of your face, leaving you with black, purple or brown eye bags.
Thankfully, this pre-bed Face Yoga exercise can boost oxygen circulation and alleviate puffiness, so when you get your sleep you’ll wake up without frustrating facial asymmetry.
Here’s how you perform this simple bedtime routine:
- Place your fingers at the inside your eyebrows, closest to the bridge of your nose
- Gently tap your fingers along your eyebrow, moving towards your ears
- Gently apply pressure to your temples [10 seconds]
- Gently tap above your cheekbones, back towards the inner corner of your eyes
This movement should look like you’re tapping imaginary glasses, circling around your eyes to stimulate blood flow, bring nutrients to the skin’s surface, and drain toxins overnight.
Before Bed Exercise #3 – The Neck Massage
Neck pain is a top complaint from women, occurring 1.38x higher in women than men, so if you’re going to bed feeling stiff and sore, you’re not alone.
This Face Yoga before sleep pose helps to alleviate some of those aches and pains by boosting lymphatic drainage and reducing neck pain.
Here’s how you perform this natural pain-killing routine:
- Tilt your head back slightly as if you were looking at the ceiling in front of you
- Place your fingers at the top of your neck
- Glide your fingers down to your collarbone with gentle pressure
- Apply pressure to your collarbones before releasing your fingers
- Repeat for 30 seconds
That’s how you hit the pillow with pain-killing benefits to look forward to.
Before Bed Exercise #4 – The Jaw Un-Clencher
Do you clench your jaw throughout the day?
Even if you’re not aware, you may be tensing your jaw with an estimated 1 in 3 people guilty of this habit. Clenching your jaw can lead to facial pains and headaches, so it’s valuable to be able to release tension and fall asleep feeling relaxed and calm.
Here’s how you perform this facial exercise before bed:
- Sit comfortably on your bed
- Make a fist with your left hand and press it gently against your jaw (your thumb should be facing down)
- Turn your head towards your fist to create tension in your neck, but don’t allow your fist to move
- Hold this position to create resistance for a few seconds, then release
- Repeat on the opposite side of your face
Here’s a Gift to Make Face Yoga Before Bed Easier
The quality of your sleep is more than a bragging right among your friends and family who are also sleep-deprived.
When deep sleep helps stimulate collagen production, you can literally tighten your skin while catching Zzzs.
That’s how you start sleeping easily at night.