10 Ways To Wake Up With Better Skin | sheerluxe.com
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Slathering on layers of skincare isn’t the be-all and end-all when it comes to a smooth and hydrated complexion come morning. From the foods to avoid, to the best position to sleep in, we’ve found the best expert tips for waking up flawless…

Use A Silk Pillowcase

“While it may seem extravagant, swapping your regular pillowcase for a silk one can really help to support your skin. Unlike cotton, silk allows the skin to slide, so it won’t pull or tug, which reduces crease lines and marks across your face, neck and décolletage. Plus, as a non-absorbent fabric, silk won’t deplete your moisture levels or absorb precious serums and night creams.” – Lisa Franklin, facialist 

Go for Gold 

“If my skin needs some extra help, I’ll reach for Alpha H’s Liquid Gold, £33.50. Applied before bed, its AHA-rich formula gets to work on dead skin cells, penetrating deep into the pores for a deep cleanse and to eradicate spot-causing bacteria. If you suffer from a dull complexion or are prone to blemishes, try this a couple of times a week before bed but remember to pair with an SPF during the day as acids can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.” – Emma Day, make-up artist

Be Ingredient Savvy

“When looking for a night cream, keep an eye out for formulas with a high concentration of hyaluronic acid and centella asiatica, which are great at boosting hydration and revitalising the skin overnight. Make the time to use a face mask at least once a week – they work wonders to lock in moisture and can help to stimulate the production of collagen for glowier skin in the long run.” – Dr Yannis Alexandrides, Founder of 111 Harley Street

Cleanse When You Get Home

“It’s really important to get into a habit of cleansing and moisturising your skin the minute you get home, not just before you go to bed. If you get home at six and go to bed at 11, that’s five more hours of grime on your face. If you cleanse as soon as you get home, your products will have even longer to work their magic too.” – Lisa Franklin

Sleep on Your Back

“Sleeping on your back can make a huge difference to your skin in the long-run. When you sleep on your side, your face gets compressed into your pillow – when this is repeated night after night, it causes short-term creases which can develop into permanent lines.” – Abigail James, facialist

Embrace Retinol

“If you’re not yet using a retinol as part of your skincare regime, now’s the time. New formulations and improved science mean retinol is now suitable for even the most sensitive of skin – just look out for microencapsulated retinol, which works to release its power slowly into the skin overnight so optimal results can be achieved with minimal irritation. By working to stimulate collagen production, retinol can, over time, make a dramatic difference to the texture and tone of the skin.” – Lisa Franklin

Get The Glow 

“If your skin needs a subtle boost of colour but you’re wary of using fake tan, especially in the winter months, start adding a few drops of Hylamide Booster Glow Serum, £20, into your moisturiser a couple of nights a week. It contains melanin peptides, which gradually work to add a glow to the complexion – add a couple more drops for a deeper colour.” – Jessica Kell, make-up artist

Turn Down the Heating

“While it’s tempting to put the heating up as the temperature drops outside, lying in the heat for hours on end can wreak havoc with your complexion. Also remember to hydrate before bed – we lose enormous amounts of water through sweating at night which can dry out the skin.” – Dr Benji Dhillon, cosmetic doctor at PHI Clinic

Layer Up

“If you want to wake up with better skin overnight, layer up on your skincare, and really invest the time in proper application. Double cleanse to remove makeup and spritz on toner before working an oil into the skin, making sure you’re massaging upwards and outwards around the face for a heightened glow. If, after 15 minutes, you feel your skin needs more moisture, don’t be afraid to add a small bit of moisturiser, again working it into the skin instead of letting it sit on top of the surface.” – Charlotte Connolley, facialist 

Avoid Carb Face

“To wake up with defined cheekbones, eat a high-protein, low-sugar dinner (try salmon and asparagus, a natural diuretic) and skip the rice pasta and potatoes. When your diet is high in refined carbohydrates, your features can take on a soft, doughy appearance. A handful of Brazil nuts or walnuts (rich in potassium and selenium) before bed instead can also help you fall asleep faster and guarantee adequate beauty sleep.’ – Nicholas Perricone, Founder of Perricone MD

Liquid Gold, £33.50 | Alpha H
Overnight Retinol Repair Serum, £79 | Dermalogica
Booster Glow Serum, £20 | Hylamide
Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion, £50.50 | Dr Dennis Gross
Embroidered Silk Queen Pillow Case, £62 | SLIP
Double Cleanse, £24 | Pixi Woo + Caroline Hirons
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