Wake up to good skin

New Straits Times - - Fo­cus - meera@me­di­aprima.com.my

Ex­am­ples of these in­clude “crow’s feet” around the eyes, or the hor­i­zon­tal lines known as glabel­lar lines on the fore­head which fur­row when we frown.

As our skin ages and loses elas­tic­ity, these dynamic wrin­kles start to be­come more per­ma­nent.

Dr Sutina ex­plains that as our skin be­gins to age and lose elas­tic­ity (start­ing from the 30s), we have to be more mind­ful of how we sleep so as not to worsen our wrin­kles.

“As we age, our faces be­come slightly less sym­met­ri­cal and al­ways sleep­ing on one side may ex­ac­er­bate that.”

On the other hand, sleep­ing face-up on your back can re­duce pres­sure on the skin folds and max­imise the grav­i­ta­tional ef­fect, slow­ing down the for­ma­tion of wrin­kles and also re­duc­ing morn­ing puffi­ness and bags un­der the eyes.

Sleep­ing face-up on your back can re­duce pres­sure on the skin folds and max­imise the grav­i­ta­tional ef­fect, slow­ing down the for­ma­tion of wrin­kles and also re­duc­ing morn­ing puffi­ness.

Dr Sutina Nordin

The ap­pear­ance of puffi­ness around the eyes (some­times called eye bags) is a ma­jor con­cern for many women be­cause it makes them look tired, hag­gard and aged.

Dr Sutina says puffi­ness around the eyes is caused al­most ex­clu­sively by fluid build-up around the eyes.

The eye bags or puffi­ness are usu­ally most no­tice­able im­me­di­ately af­ter wak­ing up due to fluid not be­ing able to drain away when one has been in a hor­i­zon­tal po­si­tion.

Sleep­ing with your head slightly el­e­vated may as­sist in drain­ing some of the fluid away but if your eye bags per­sist, then it’s likely there might be other un­der­ly­ing causes such as hor­monal fluc­tu­a­tions or diet and lifestyle habits.


Be­sides sleep­ing po­si­tions, our bed­time rou­tines also play a role in de­ter­min­ing how skin looks and feels in the morn­ing.

Avoid­ing al­co­hol or foods that are high in salt just be­fore turn­ing in for the night is a wise decision as these can cause fluid re­ten­tion and puffy swelling around the eyes.

In ad­di­tion to ad­versely af­fect­ing the qual­ity of sleep, con­sump­tion of al­co­hol also de­hy­drates skin.

“Of­ten, if you com­pare two women of the same age — one who has been drink­ing al­co­hol ev­ery night and one who has not been drink­ing - you are likely to see a mas­sive dif­fer­ence in skin qual­ity. There will be more wrin­kles from de­hy­dra­tion dam­age on the woman who drinks reg­u­larly.”

Dr Sutina says one should not eat just be­fore bed­time ei­ther.

Ideally, there should be a space of at least two hours and prefer­ably four or five hours be­tween your last meal of the day and bed­time.

This en­ables the body time to di­gest food as well as to wind down for bed. A full stom­ach can be un­com­fort­able to sleep with and this af­fects the qual­ity of your sleep.

And sleep­ing with make-up on is a big mis­take. No mat­ter how tired you are, make the ef­fort to cleanse your face be­fore bed­time.

Dr Sutina stresses that not only can make-up clog pores and cause acne, it can also trig­ger un­pleas­ant re­ac­tions such as a rash (al­ler­gic con­tact der­mati­tis).

If you have dry skin and sleep in an air­con­di­tioned room, it is also ad­vis­able to hy­drate your skin be­fore bed with a good hy­poal­ler­genic mois­turiser.

Reg­u­lar hy­dra­tion of the skin can help slow down the signs of age­ing. If you set your bed­room air con­di­tioner at a low set­ting (too cold), you might ac­tu­ally cause your skin to dry out and lose mois­ture, which can en­cour­age the for­ma­tion of wrin­kles.

For in­di­vid­u­als with sen­si­tive skin, this lack of mois­ture in the skin can also trig­ger un­pleas­ant skin con­di­tions such as eczema.

A hu­mid room, on the other hand, can help main­tain and per­haps even in­crease mois­ture lev­els in your skin. Un­for­tu­nately, it can be un­com­fort­able to sleep in.

Dr Sutina says to bal­ance things out, it’s best to apply a good mois­turiser be­fore bed and drink suf­fi­cient wa­ter so skin does not dry out at night re­gard­less of the tem­per­a­ture you pre­fer in the bed­room.

Bed­ding and pil­low­cases should be changed reg­u­larly and room tem­per­a­ture shouldn’t dry out the skin.


All women want to look fresh and re­ju­ve­nated when they wake up.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.