5 Healthy Things You Should Do Every Night for Glowing Skin

Healthy, glowing skin starts from the inside. Have you ever caught a glimpse in the mirror after a stressful night with little to no sleep? You may have noticed that these kinds of situations can wreak havoc on the appearance of your skin.

Consistency is key when it comes to skin care. If your skin is chronically stressed for any reason, it can result in a breakdown of collagen, according to Paula’s Choice. In fact, even skin irritation that you don’t detect—such as mild irritation from fragrances—can cause collagen breakdown.

To keep your skin hydrated, irritation-free, healthy and glowing, consider adding these five skin care practices to your nighttime routine.

Cleanse Completely

First of all, it’s vital to get makeup, dirt and any other contaminants off of your skin before you go to sleep. These days, some beauty gurus recommend a Korean skin care technique called double cleansing. First, you go over your skin with an oil-based cleanser that will dissolve makeup and debris. Then, you wash your skin a second time with a more traditional cleanser to get down into the pores to dissolve dirt. The oil protects the skin from dryness caused by over-washing, while the two cleanses ensure that your pores are completely free and clear for the night.

Now, for some, this might be overkill. If you don’t wear a ton of makeup, a solid, effective cleanser should do the trick. But here’s what you should look for: a non-drying, gentle cleanser that won’t irritate your skin, strip it of its natural oils, or upset its pH balance. Even acne-prone skin types will probably do best using a hydrating, moisturizing cleanser, rather than a drying one.

Seal in Moisture

To keep your skin healthy and hydrated, you’ll need to seal water in. Invest in a good, fragrance-free moisturizer—and as mentioned before, don’t shy away from effective moisturizers if you’re acne-prone.

The most important piece comes after you’ve found a good moisturizer: applying it correctly. Be sure to apply your moisturizer right after you’ve showered or cleansed your face. Don’t even leave the bathroom until you’ve moisturized. You want your skin to still be slightly damp so that your moisturizer prevents the skin from losing its hydration to the dry air around you.

Take Turmeric

Turmeric is a fantastic spice for beauty. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, so it does wonders for the skin. Skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and eczema are all caused by inflammation. After your last meal of the day, mix a ½ tablespoon of turmeric into a warm cup of golden milk to help settle your stomach and reduce inflammation.

Drink Triphala Powder

An hour before going to bed, it’s time to take your second beauty cocktail: a teaspoon of triphala powder mixed with hot water. Triphala powder is an ayurvedic ingredient that’s known not only for its digestion-promoting benefits, but also its anti-cancer properties.

“It’s a traditional herbal formulation made from the dried powder of three different fruits,” explains Dr. Axe. “The name comes from combining the Sanskrit words ‘tri’ meaning three, ‘phala’ meaning fruit and ‘churcha,’ which means powder. Triphala contains gallic acid, ellagic acid and chebulinic acid, which are all strong antioxidants. It also has flavonoids and polyphenols, which have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antidiarrheal abilities.”

Triphala powder’s main benefit for the skin is that it helps gently promote regular bowel movements without causing diarrhea or having a strong laxative effect. This gentle digestive help will help keep your intestines and colon clean, helping to keep your skin clear and glowing. As a bonus, the water you’ll consume when drinking your triphala powder (and your turmeric!) will lend hydration to your body.

Sleep for At Least 7 Hours

Finally, it’s no secret that good sleep is important for glowing skin. There’s a reason they call it “beauty sleep.” When you haven’t gotten enough sleep, lines and wrinkles become more pronounced. Get a good night sleep by establishing a nighttime routine and going to bed at a similar time every night.