Lights Out, Good Lookin’
Before bed beauty tips for your body and soul
You’ve probably heard the term beauty sleep, but did you know that the time you spend catching Z’s at night can be put to good use improving your skin, hair and overall appearance? Take the tips below to the pillow and maximize your sleep cycle, so you can wake up looking refreshed.
Don’t Forget Your Face
This one may sound obvious, but after a long day, we may forget (or neglect) to properly clean our faces. The trouble is, leaving leftover makeup and dirt on your skin at the end of a long day can have detrimental consequences to your complexion. To avoid blackheads, clogged pores and early signs of aging, wash your face every night before bed. Make a ritual of washing your face with a gentle, skin-appropriate cleanser. Once a week, replace your usual cleanser with an exfoliator and toner, spot treating any problem areas. Include your neck and décolletage when you’re exfoliating and toning. Mega moisturize with a serum to add an extra boost your thirsty face. Your skin will thank you!
The benefits of steam on your skin cannot be overstated, but who has time for regular trips to the spa? Don’t worry if you don’t; a cool mist humidifier is the easiest way to maximize your moisture overnight. You’ll forget what you ever did without one! If a new appliance is not in the cards at the moment, spend a little extra time each night over your sink with a towel while the hot water runs. Just a few minutes of steam will help flush out toxins and hydrate your skin.
Winter is the prime time for fly away frizz and dried out hair we’d all rather do without. To combat frizz and dryness, apply an overnight treatment to your tresses once a week after you’ve washed your hair. Comb it through carefully, and then pile your hair on top of your head if length permits. Then, put on a cap and hit the hay. You’ll wake up in the morning with lovely moisturized locks.
It may sound lavish (and it is), but by investing in a silk pillowcase you’ll be doing your hair and skin a real service. Sleeping on silk helps tame frizz and reduces the friction between your face and your sleeping surface, reducing dryness and irritation.
Think About It
Last but certainly not least, consider a five to ten minute meditation before you turn in. It’s some time set aside just for you and your sanity where you can release tension from the day and set new goals, big and small. You’ll rest easier and sleep more soundly with a clear head and the results will show on your face.