Is it possible to get more beautiful as you sleep? Sure, a few extra minutes of shut eye can help us all – but just because hitting snooze isn’t an option, doesn’t mean you can’t getting a bigger beauty bang out of the sleep you do get. So, boost your beauty sleep with these tips that will prevent wrinkles, soften soles and even help your hair grow faster!
Reduce Under Eye Puffiness. If you tend to wake up with puffy eyes or dark under eye circles, try to sleep on your back, with your head elevated at night by propping up your pillow in order to reduce the accumulation of fluids in your face. Similarly, use caffeinated eye cream like Orgins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream ($29.50), which will help promote circulation and reduce the appearance of under eye circles, even if you can’t get a full 8 hours of sleep. And, as always, limit your alcohol and sodium intake which will cause you retain fluids.
Prevent Wrinkles. It may seem unlikely, but the fact is that those pillow creases you wake up with on your face from laying face-first on a cotton pillowcase can actually lead to permanent wrinkles! With a quick swap of your cotton pillowcase to a silk or satin one like Branche’s Silk Pillow Slip ($84), though, you can help protect your face from fine lines and wrinkles. Even more beautifying, while you sleep your body produces more protein, allowing cells to repair damage from ultraviolet rays and pollution and even produces more human growth hormone hormones (HGH), which works to retain skin elasticity, making you less likely to wrinkle!
Reduce Hair Breakage & Wake up with Great Hair. Bed head is never our look of choice and, thankfully, it doesn’t have to be. Comb an argan oil-based product like Amika Oil ($34) through your hair before bed and wrap your head in a silk scarf for an overnight hair treatment. The silk will prevent breakage while the argan oil nourishes and strengthens your hair. If you want to wake up with waves, pin you hair in small buns or braids before bed. If volume is your goal, pin your hair in a topknot or half-up, half-down. Need even more incentive to hit the sheets? While you’re dozing off, your body is busy repairing itself and secreting growth hormones, which work to improve hair health and has even been proven to make your locks grow faster.
Smooth Feet Overnight. Whether you’re cramming you toes in heels, scuffing up your soles in sandals or destroying your feet during your workouts, you can revive worn out feet overnight, easily! Just rub a rich lotion or Vaseline on your feet and cover with socks for some serious sole healing all while you’re peacefully dreaming. If your feet really need some extra TLC, Bliss’ Softening Socks ($48) will bring your feet from scary to sandal-ready in no time!
And remember, make sure you get enough shut-eye (ideally 8 hours each night) – the most powerful beauty antidote of them all!