4 Beauty Sleep Tips For Your Hair And Skin: Wake Up Looking Fabulous
Puffy eyes, blotchy skin, dark circles, anyone? Emmm, no thanks. There’s a reason why they call it beauty sleep, you guys. Because if we don’t get our recommended 7–9 hours, things can get pretty ugly.
And I’m not just talking about our appearance, either. Sleep deprivation can lead to all sorts of physical ailments – like obesity, diabetes and heart disease, to name a few. It can also lead to a variety of mental conditions. At the surface, there’s feelings of irritability, grumpiness and lethargy – but over a longer period of time this can result in chronic disorders like depression.
With that in mind, it’s really important that we all get enough ‘beauty sleep’. For our outer and inner selves, a good night’s sleep is one of the best things we can do!
You know that saying: “Put your best foot forward”? Well, sometimes when you look great you’ll start to feel great, too. Which is why I’ve shared my top 4 beauty sleep tips to help you wake up looking fabulous!
Here we go…
1. Give your skin a drink
Dehydration is often the #1 reason why we look so blotchy and tired in the morning. We’ve gone to sleep thirsty, having not had enough water before bedtime. Or we’ve knocked back some caffeine, like Coke or a coffee, when we should’ve been winding down. Or we’ve simply been too lazy to apply that crucial moisturiser/night cream before bed time. Either way, our skin wakes up angry and thirsty – and we have only ourselves to blame!
My advice? Drink plenty of water throughout the day – don’t just leave it until the evening or you’ll be up ten times needing to pee! Still, bring a glass of water to bed so you don’t get too thirsty. Remember to put on whatever night cream works for you – I actually love keeping it simple with coconut oil – and crack a window so you don’t overheat during your sleep.
2. Use an eye mask
Eye masks are great for keeping the light out and helping you sleep more soundly. They’re also a sure-fire way to prevent annoying ‘sleep wrinkles’ on your face. If you’re a stomach sleeper, listen up – because although this may be the comfiest way for you to sleep, it can also lead to those dreaded lines come morning time. A silk eye mask will stop those creases from forming when your face is all mashed up against the pillow. Or, better yet, invest in a comfier pillow (like the ones reviewed here), to begin with; less tossing and turning, more sweetly dreaming.
My advice? Get yourself an eye mask or a silk/satin pillow to avoid ‘pillow face’. If you sleep on your back and notice puffy eyes in the morning, try using an extra pillow. This is because fluid can gather around your eyes when you lie flat. Ugh.
3. Keep emergency remover by the bed
Because however great your intentions and however strict your skincare regime may be, there’ll be times when you just couldn’t be bothered. You’ll have had a busy day or a big night and all you’re capable of doing is flopping into bed. Hopefully you’ll manage to get changed, or at the very least, to take your shoes off!
We’ve all been there. We’ve been too lazy to remove our makeup; figuring that it’ll wipe off on our pillow anyway, or that we’ll give our skin some TLC the next day or that one night won’t hurt. Whatever excuses you tell yourself, trust me, it all counts! Even one night with your makeup left on can lead to all kinds of bacteria build-ups, clogged pores and even infected eyes. And anyway, it’s a pretty bad habit to get into.
My advice? I get that sometimes you don’t want to do the whole shibang of cleanser, toner and moisturiser. That’s why I’d recommend keeping a stash of good-quality face wipes by your bed. Obviously, they’re not great for long-term use but on late nights when your only other alternative is waking up with mascara streaked across your chin, they’re your best bet.
4. Pamper your locks
When your hair is frizzy and dehydrated, you have 2 options: 1. Use a deep conditioner and wait 10 minutes in the shower, twiddling your thumbs and feeling the water run cold until it’s time to rinse it out or 2: Apply an overnight hair mask.
If you’ve never done this before, you’re about to get a big surprise. Because you’ll actually wake up with new hair! Well, pretty much. Anyway, it’s amazing what a difference a night makes. You don’t even need to spend a fortune on fancy hair products either; here are some great DIY versions that use coconut oil, which I love, and which I’d highly recommend.
So there are my top 4 tips to looking – and feeling – great, thanks to a decent night’s sleep! Who knows, with all of this beauty sleep you might even end up being a morning person!
Sweet dreams, everyone!!