You could spend hours rushing through your morning, doing your hair and makeup so look your best each day – OR, you could take the easy route and get gorgeous while you sleep. A good night’s rest is a basic beauty prerequisite, but there’s even more you can do to take advantage of those nighttime hours. Here are 7 nighttime beauty rituals that will help you wind down and set you up for a gorgeous-looking morning.
#1. Step away from the electronics
Watching TV, surfing the internet, or scrolling through your Instagram feed may sound like a good way to chill out before bedtime; but in reality, it hinders you from getting quality sleep. The type of light emitted from electronic devices actually stimulates the brain, preventing it from being able to relax and send you off to dreamland.
Turn off or silence your devices at least an hour before you plan on sleeping, and preoccupy yourself with a book (remember those old-school paper things?) or empty your thoughts out into a journal. For a more fun way to relax, make like a kid again and go crazy with an intricate coloring book.
#2. Deep condition your hair
At least once a week, apply an overnight conditioning treatment to give your hair a major moisturizing and strengthening boost. By the time you wake up and shower, your tresses will be silky smooth and look picture perfect for the rest of the day.
#3. Treat your hands and feet
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Your hands and feet take a beating throughout the day. Pamper them with a rich moisturizer, such as shea butter, once you get into bed. Hands are also a telltale sign of aging – so the sooner you start taking care of them regularly, the better!
#4. Give your face a moisture boost
|Shiseido BENEFIANCE NutriPerfect Night Cream|
Nighttime is the ultimate time for your skin to repair itself from the wear and tear of everyday life, so moisturizing before bed is a must! Choose a nutrient-packed night cream with anti-aging properties to get the most out of your beauty sleep.
#5. Slip into your comfiest PJs
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Never underestimate the power of comfortable sleepwear to help you drift off to dreamland. Whether you feel best in a flannel PJ set, a silky nightie, or your boyfriend’s oversized T-shirt, make sure your nightwear is something you can’t wait to slip into.
#6. Sleep on a silk pillowcase
If your hair is still looking fabulous from your latest blowout or curl session, preserve your ‘do for the next day by sleeping on a silk pillowcase – the ultimate nighttime sidekick for preventing frizz if you toss and turn. Silk pillowcases are also gentler on the skin, so you don’t get any of those wrinkle-causing creases while you sleep.
#7. Tone those trouble spots
Yes, it’s true! You can tone and firm the appearance of your bodacious bod while you sleep. Simply massage Cheeky Physique’s Contour Sleek into any cellulite-prone area, apply Tummy Sleek for a firmer-looking midsection, and use Sublime Bust to give the girls an overnight lift – all, while moisturizing your skin at the same time.