Try these overnight beauty fixes to fake eight hours of sleep
We’ve heard about the 8-hour sleep beauty rule, but in this modern age of work, meetings, parties, and exercise routines, who has the time for that? Sleep may be elusive, but this is the time your body repairs, rejuvenates, and re-energizes itself.
DO get the most out of your bedtime and try out our quick overnight beauty fixes to help you wake up pretty!
Wake up to glowing skin
Us beauty girls know two pre-sleep cardinal rules: take off your makeup, and never skip skincare before sleeping. So if you want to wake up to glowing skin, be ready to stick to a routine. But what do you do if you partied all night but still need to look fresh the next day? Use beauty oils!
If the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Serum is out of your budget, try vitamin E oil, coconut oil, or argan oil under your night cream. Make sure the oil penetrates your skin completely for best results. Of course, it goes without saying that you must cleanse and exfoliate to deep clean your skin of makeup and dirt before oiling up.
Pro Tip: Look for skincare with brightening ingredients such as retinol and Vitamin C. Apply them only at night because sunlight can deactivate these components and prevent them from working to their full potential.
Also try a humidifier to moisturize and freshen your skin while you sleep. Take note though that it’s best to use one during colder months when the air is dryer, or when you sleep in an air-conditioned room.
Wake up to soft and nourished hair
While you’re sleeping is the optimum time to nourish your hair with treatment. Before going to bed, take your favorite leave-on hair conditioner or hair mask and apply it to your already washed hair while it’s still damp. Remember to only apply on the length of your hair and avoid the roots. Wrap your hair in a scarf or a soft towel towel to lock in the moisture. Rinse your hair with water when you wake up, and enjoy smooth and silky hair the rest of the day.
Pro Tip: You can also use aloe vera gel instead of leave-on conditioner.
To maintain frizz-free tresses without product, try this simple fix: switch to satin pillowcases. Frizzy hair is usually caused by tossing and turning, which causes friction. The slippery surface of satin will let your hair glide through the night without minimum damage!
Wake up to fewer blemishes
To zap a zit while you sleep (or at least minimize it), use tea tree oil, an essential oil that is may diminish acne. When applied on the skin, it acts in a number of ways including destroying skin-dwelling bacteria that cause acne. It penetrates the skin, unblocks clogged sebaceous glands, and disinfects pores. It also dries out whiteheads, pimples, zits, and blackheads.
To use, dilute pure tea tree oil in water and use a cotton bud to apply the diluted tea tree oil on your spot. The Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil is a favorite in beauty circles, and has inspired its own line of skin care products for maximum effect.
Wake up to brighter eyes
If you have stayed up all night and has a bad case of puffy eyes, you can use your sleep time to de-puff. Store your eye cream in your fridge and apply it right before going to sleep. The cool sensation feels amazing, and helps de-puff and soothe your eyes.
Pro Tip: Look for creams with caffeine in the ingredients. Caffeine will help keep the fluids in your puffy eyes from swelling! Try our list of four eye creams that make a difference.
Wake up to longer lashes
Now this isn’t an overnight fix, but if done every night while you sleep, it just might work. Try applying castor oil to your eyelashes before going to bed at night. To do so, use a clean cotton bud to dab some oil along the lash line. It’s been said to work in eight weeks or so, and there’s no harm in trying, right?
If you don't like the sticky, heavy feeling of castor oil, try out the Lash & Brow Amplifying Serum from new brand Measurable Difference (available in SM Beauty).
Sleep is where your body does most of its repair work. We still do recommend at least eight hours of sleep every night, but if you can’t, then these quick overnight beauty fixes can help! Got any of your own beauty tips? Share them in the comments!