1. Thoroughly cleanse before you go to sleep (no excuses!)

Good skin starts with thorough cleansing at night. From your daytime lotions, SPF, and makeup, to air pollution and sweat; by the end of the day, your pores are filled with gunk from the busy day. Then by the time you get home, you’re already way too tired from work, or perhaps just too tipsy from a night out on the town. The last thing you want to do is drag your heavy feet to the bathroom to wash your face, right? We’ve probably all been there. But what you may not know is that by doing so, you are not only asking for clogged pores / zits to come in a few days-weeks, but you are also interfering with your skin’s natural ability to heal and regenerate itself at night.

Your body regenerates and repairs cells the most actively from 10pm to 2am, thanks to a little something called melatonin. You’ve probably seen this name on over the counter sleep aid bottles, but what I’m talking about is your body’s natural production of this stuff. It’s a hormone that’s naturally produced by the body to regulate sleep/wake cycles, but also triggers the release of the human growth hormone – aka. your fountain of youth. Human growth hormone in turn, is responsible for repairing cells and preventing premature aging. So your job then to help this miracle worker to do it’s job, is to get all that gunk off your face, and to let it breath as easy as can be while you are sleeping. It’s a small sacrifice to make for beautiful skin, no?

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