Wake Up to Beautiful, Healthy-Looking Skin

07.30.2012, 9:38 CDT | Posted In: Dry Skin, Prevention & Protection, Health & Beauty, Skin Care

Woman sleeping, head on pillow

Ever wonder how Sleeping Beauty had such beautiful, glowing skin? Turns out she knew the beauty secret of a good night’s rest! In fact, during the hours you’re sleeping, your body is hard at work renewing and repairing your skin cells.1 A simple bedtime skin care routine can help boost these processes so you can go to sleep dreaming of beautiful, healthy-looking skin.

Enjoy your beauty sleep
They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing—catching some much-needed Zs every night is one of the easiest and best ways to help achieve better-looking skin. While you may be out cold, your body is working the night shift repairing skin cells.1 So try to give yourself a restful 8 hours of sleep every night. Not only will this help your skin, but you’ll also feel better in the morning, refreshed, and ready to start the day.

Wash the day away
After a long, busy day, it may be tempting to just crawl into bed and go to sleep without washing your face. But the fact is, your skin has been exposed to a day’s worth of makeup, excess oil, pollution, and other environmental elements, which can lead to breakouts and other signs of skin damage. Washing and exfoliating will help remove everyday impurities and open up your pores. If you’re too tired to wash your face before you retire, perform your skin care routine at 7 or 8 pm. Earlier is better than never!

Hydrate your skin
Regardless of your age, keeping your skin well hydrated is a vital aspect of any bedtime routine. Believe it or not, simply drinking an adequate amount of water may also do wonders to help make your skin appear brighter when the morning rolls around.

Taking care of your skin at night is just as important as in the morning. While washing your face is usually the first step in any skin care routine, the products you use at night may differ from those you use as part of your morning ritual based on your skin care needs. Ask your doctor about an appropriate skin care regimen such as the Obagi Nu-Derm® System* to get the skin care you need, morning and night. So you can wake up to beautiful, healthy-looking skin!


  1. National Institutes of Health. Your guide to healthy sleep. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/sleep/healthy_sleep.pdf. Accessed July 9, 2012.




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