Try the 360-degree approach to better skin

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You can have all the best skincare in the world, but to ensure you have a smooth and hydrated complexion in the morning, you really need to take a 360-degree approach which takes into account everything from the foods you eat, the position you sleep in and the temperature of your sleeping quarters. Read on for our tips for helping you look fresh-faced on rising from your slumber.

Use a silk pillowcase

Swapping your regular pillowcase for a silk one can 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, the non-absorbent fabric won't soak up your layers of serum and night creams.

Sleep on your back

Facialists advise that 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 which can cause short-term creases that can develop into permanent lines, if its repeated night after night. So, get comfy on your back!

Cleanse as soon as 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 step in the door, your products will have even longer to work their magic too.

Embrace hyaluronic acid

Zoom in on night creams with a high concentration of hyaluronic acid and centella asiatica, which are great at boosting hydration and revitalising skin overnight. Always make time to use a face mask a minimum of once a week as well, as they work wonders to lock in moisture and can help to stimulate the production of collagen for brighter skin in the long term.

Turn down the heat

While the cold weather may make you want to turn up the heat, lying in a warm room for hours can wreak havoc with your complexion. And remember to down some water before bedtime, as humans lose lots of water through sweating at night which can dry out the skin.

Layer up skincare

If you want to wake up with better skin overnight, learn to layer up on your skincare. First double cleanse to remove the day's make-up - and do this as early in the evening as possible to give your skin care longer to work. Then spritz on toner before working a facial oil into the skin. To increase the glow, massage it in upwards and outwards around the face. Don't be afraid to top up the moisturiser again if skin feels a little tight after 15 minutes.

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