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Get the best beauty sleep--ever



After a long and tiring day of school, practice and homework, those precious hours of sleep seem to pass by too quickly. With a few changes to your before-bed habits, dermatologist Rebecca Baxt swears you can wake up looking totally well-rested and with a healthier complexion. Before hopping in bed, review these quick tips to a better snoozefest.

 

Cool down your room a notch

What’s not to love about snuggling up under the covers when it’s chilly? It’s a good idea to turn down the heater needle a notch lower when its time to sleep. “Overheated rooms dry out the skin,” says Baxt.  Sweat caused by the heat also makes acne breakouts or eczema worse when there’s dry heat.

 

Go smooth

Select sheets that are super soft to the touch. “Cotton sheets and pillowcases with a high thread count are smooth and healthy for most skin types,” Baxt says. “People with very sensitive skin might prefer silk/satin sheets which are even softer.” Plus, they’re help prevent hair breakage, as well. Hate those crease marks on your skin in the morning? Switching to satin or silk sheets will prevent those from appearing. Don’t want any creams you might’ve applied to wipe off? Go for silk, as it doesn’t hold on to any moisture.

 

Assess your skin type

Not all complexions are created equal, so while night cream may be good for some, that’s def not the case for everyone. “If your skin is very oily, you don’t need a night cream on top of your natural oils,” Baxt explains. “If you have dry skin, then the heaviest moisturizer you can tolerate will help your skin appear glowing instead of dry in the morning.” To treat acne, apply acne creams at night to nourish your skin and combat blemishes.

 

Treat your tresses

Many people try shampooing less and conditioning more when they see their sheets filled with flakes in the morning, but that’s a bad idea according to Baxt. “It is important to note that dandruff gets worse from reduced washing and over conditioning,” she says. Shampoos such as Selsun Blue, Head & Shoulders and Nizoral are good solutions if you do wake up with flakes on your sheets. For those who have acne, she recommends tying your locks loosely so that they don’t fall on your face or back.
 

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