We’ve all heard the saying that beauty sleep is an invaluable tool in every woman’s beauty kit. But what does beauty sleep really mean when you go beyond the surface? We’ve got the ultimate guide you need for beauty sleep that’s more than just skin deep.
Get more than 40 winks
The first step to enjoying the benefits of beauty sleep is to get enough sleep, of course! The best way to set yourself up for quality sleep is to ensure that you have a supportive memory foam mattress to contour to your shape. If you don’t quite want to splash out on a memory foam mattress, improve the quality of your sleep with a comfortable mattress topper. Set up a good sleep routine so that you can easily wind down for the night – this includes putting your phone away about half an hour before bedtime, reading a book or sipping some herbal tea to help you completely drift off to sleep. You also need to create a peaceful sleeping environment so you can truly get a restful night’s sleep, which means eliminating light from devices or streetlights and blocking out the noise.
Get your skincare to work double duty
We all apply skincare products during the day, usually following a moisturizing regime in the morning and a cleansing one at night. But, did you know that with the right skincare products, your skin can literally improve overnight? Apply a night cream over your entire face or focus just on the dark circles or bags under your eyes to enjoy a refreshed appearance in the morning. The more daring among you can even wear a full face mask (designed specifically for overnight use) while you sleep for optimal results. In addition to applying targeted skincare products at night, make sure you are also thoroughly removing the day’s build up of makeup and grime to ensure you don’t break out.
Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase
The soft fibers of silk and satin minimize frizziness and avoid tangles and breakage, redefining what it means to have bed hair. Silk and satin pillowcases can also soften fine lines and wrinkles, as there is less friction between the skin and pillowcase. On the topic of pillowcases, make sure to change your pillowcases often, as bacteria and old skin cells accumulate faster than you’d think! For extra hygiene, flip your pillows over on the days you are not changing them, and avoid sleeping on your stomach where your face will come into direct contact with the pillowcase.
Stay hydrated with a humidifier
We all know that drinking water is great for the skin, but there is actually a way to keep your skin hydrated even at night (without having to wake up for regular sips of water!). By putting a humidifier in the room, you can make sure your skin doesn’t get parched overnight, especially in the winter months.
Wear your hair out of your face
Try tying your hair into a loose ponytail or low bun when you turn in for the night. This keeps your oily hair out of your face, which is notorious for causing breakouts. At the same time, avoid strangling your hair in a tight, high ponytail or bun, which can cause breakage and early onset balding!
Puffy eyes? Use extra pillows
Wake up with puffy eyes every morning? Try stacking a few pillows under your neck to slightly elevate your head. This ensures fluid will drain away from your face and eyes, allowing you to wake up with smooth and refreshed skin.
When you’re a busy modern-day woman, you can’t spend all day working on your appearance. To make sure you look your best every day, prioritize your beauty sleep and fully optimize this time you have to rest and rejuvenate.