It seems there are never-ending rules about what you should do in order to improve your beauty routine. If you followed every rule, you’d likely have a different 10-step approach for the morning, and one for night. The problem is, no one really has that much time to devote to their beauty regimen.
That’s why so many people are firm believers in the power of beauty sleep! Experts have long said that a good night’s sleep is the key to looking rested the following day. That is, unless, you find under-eye bags cute.
There are tons of hacks you can implement into your life that will help you become beautified overnight, which will save you time in the morning and make sure you look your best. From keeping moisturizer on your nightstand to investing in some aromatherapy, you might be surprised what tips and tricks exist to help you wake up more gorgeous than ever.
(Just remember, all of these hacks need to go hand-in-hand with a good night’s sleep. If you’re running on only a couple hours of energy, then it will definitely show. So, above all, make sure you’re getting your seven-to-eight hours of good, deep sleep.)
10. Keep Makeup Wipes Beside Your Bed
One of the worst things you can do for your skin while you sleep is not removing makeup. This will work to irritate your pores, dry out your skin, and leave your face looking dull and even more tired.
We get it, it can be tough taking your makeup off every single night, especially after a long day. That’s why one of our biggest tips is leaving some makeup wipes on your bedside table so you won’t have to venture far to take care of your skin. You’ll never have an excuse not to remove day-old makeup when you can do it from the comfort of your own bed.
9. Hydrate Before You Hibernate
While drinking a ton of water before you sleep can disrupt your sweet dreams (hey, no one likes waking up to use the washroom at 2 am.), eating your water weight in veggies and fruits are a great way to hydrate your skin before hitting the sack. Structured water in foods like fruits, vegetables, and even nuts, release hydration slowly, so your bladder won’t be overwhelmed during the night.
8. Sleep With A Silk Pillow
No one wants to wake up to frizzy, unruly hair the next morning!
As it turns out, there are a few things you can do overnight to ensure you wake up to a good hair day. One of the oldest hair care secrets recommends sleeping on a silk pillow rather than your normal cotton pillowcase.
Silk is a lot softer and less damaging to hair. So, it will reduce frizziness and tangles that can build up overnight, meaning your hair will be easier to work with in the morning. Some people even swear that silk pillowcases make their hair softer and silkier. Sign us up!
7. Fight Those Wrinkles
It might be scary to hear, but the way you’re sleeping could actually be causing premature wrinkles to develop!
If you’re prone to sleeping with your face on your pillow, then you’re at a higher risk of developing wrinkles. "'Sleep wrinkles', as they're known, are believed to be a result of the skin being pushed and pulled against the pillow, damaging skin-smoothing collagen over time,” Cosmopolitan explains.
The magazine recommends sleeping on your back rather than lying face down or on your side to help fight signs of aging. We’ll never sleep the same way again!
6. Oil It Up
Overnight is a great time to treat your skin to a hydrating serum or oil that will leave you feeling refreshed come morning.
Your skin will take its time absorbing the product overnight, and you won’t be bothered by the feeling of greasy skin. Likewise, many people say this also helps alleviate stress and get them in the mindset of going to sleep.
"Keep a face oil by the side of your bed and use it to give yourself a five-minute massage,” Bridget March for Harper’s Bazaar explains. “I find massaging acupressure points really helpful; not only does it nourish the skin overnight, it also helps relax the mind."
5. Lock In The Moisture
If you’re not already doing so, invest in a hydrating moisturizer you can apply at night so your face will be working on repairing itself while you sleep. Your skin is guaranteed to feel more refreshed and alive come the following morning.
"We can apply some heavier moisturizers at night because we're not concerned about how they wear under makeup," licensed aesthetician Heather Wilson told Insider magazine. "So always opting for a bit more nourishing at night.” She recommends going for a moisturizer designed for night-time use.
Tip: keep the moisturizer on your bedside table so you’ll never have any excuse not to apply it before hitting the hay.
4. Invest In A Silk Eye Mask
Just like a silk pillowcase promises to do less damage to your hair, a silk eye mask can actually help prevent signs of aging on your face.
In general, eye masks are helpful because they block out light and encourage you to have a deeper, more peaceful sleep. But a silk mask puts in overtime by helping your skin lock in moisture and prevent dehydration. Likewise, it prevents your face from coming into contact with your bed or blankets, which can lead to sleep wrinkles.
It’s as easy as picking up a silk eye mask on Amazon for 10 bucks. Knowing the results it promises, we have no excuse not to be using this beauty hack.
3. Find The Right Temperature
Nothing can disrupt your sleep more than it being too cold or too hot. It’s important to ensure you figure out what your ideal temperature is for sleeping, and then stick to it. That way, you can ensure you’ll have a peaceful (uninterrupted) sleep!
"Overheating can keep your body awake, so sleep with a window open. Have a thin cotton sheet under your duvet so you have different layers you can throw off throughout the night,” Harper’s Bazaar explains. “Keep a damp flannel by the side of your bed or a water spritz to cool yourself. Bed socks may not be sexy but if your feet are warm the rest of your body will feel warm."
2. Spray Your Pillow
The best thing you can do for your beauty regimen while sleeping is ensuring you’re getting a good night’s sleep. The deeper your sleep, the more rested and alive you can expect to look.
One thing tons of people swear by is aromatherapy pillow spray. Similarly to using essential oils, each differently scented spray promises to have different effects, from reducing stress to creating a calming environment. Lavender, for instance, is a classic scent that is said to reduce sleeplessness and increase serenity.
A few whiffs of this, and you’ll feel like a whole new woman come the next day!
1. Get The Right Amount Of Sleep
This might seem like a no-brainer, but many adults don’t get the recommended amount of sleep they need to feel their best. Not only will this leave you feeling tired the next day, but your skin will definitely show that you’re not feeling your best.
“If you're not getting enough sleep or if you're getting really poor quality of sleep, then your skin is going to reflect that,” licensed aesthetician Heather Wilson told Insider magazine. “It doesn't matter what you put on it, your skin's just not going to look as healthy and vibrant because at night, your body does a specific job, and its job is to recover itself from everything it went through during the day."