Throughout the day, numerous factors can strip the moisture from your skin. Whether it's the climate, pollution or products you use, your skin can wind up feeling parched by bedtime. That's why the evening is the ideal time to boost your skin's hydration. If you want to moisturize your skin overnight, it takes the right products and habits to make sure that you get hit with a mega dose of hydration while you're catching your Zs.
To moisturize your skin overnight, wash properly to avoid stripping any moisture from it. Whether you’re just washing your face to remove the day’s makeup or taking a shower, avoid hot water, which can remove the skin’s natural oil barrier that helps keep in moisture. Opt for lukewarm water instead. Use a soapless cleanser for your face and body -- ingredients in traditional bar soaps can strip the skin. A creamy facial or body wash is an ideal option, but choose a formula free of artificial dyes and fragrances that can irritate skin. When you’re finished, gently pat your skin dry, but go easy. Your skin should still be slightly damp when you apply your moisturizer to really lock in the hydration.
Choose Intensive Moisturizer
The most important step is choosing the right moisturizer. You need a rich lotion or cream that’s chock full of intensely hydrating ingredients to ensure your skin is hit with plenty of moisture. Choose a product that contains ingredients that attract water to the skin, such as glycerin, collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Emollients like jojoba oil, shea butter and vitamin E also moisturize effectively. If you’re dealing with severely dry, cracked skin, such as patches on your elbows, knees or heels, slather on some petroleum jelly as an intensive moisturizer.
Up the Humidity
Cold, dry air can strip your skin of moisture, so when you want to hydrate overnight, sleep with a humidifier on, particularly in winter. A humidifier produces steam or water vapor to increase the moisture levels in the air. According to the Mayo Clinic, the ideal humidity for your home is between 30 and 50 percent. If your bedroom’s air is dry, the humidifier can help restore moisture so your skin stays hydrated. Change your humidifier’s water daily, and clean it every three days to keep it free of harmful mold and bacteria.
Your sheets and pajamas can play a role in stopping your skin free from drying out. Natural fibers such as cotton and silks allow your skin to breathe and help prevent irritation, so they’re the best option when you’re dealing with dry skin. Silk sheets also help prevent wrinkles, because the smooth surface is less likely to cause creases in your skin than other fabrics. Wear a cotton or silk nightgown or pajamas too. Wash your sheets and sleepwear in detergent that’s free of artificial dyes and fragrances.
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Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.