A little effort tonight will pay off in spades come morning
We all need to get our shut-eye each night, but if you’re not one to waste a prime primping opportunity, then listen up. To make sure you literally get your best beauty sleep every night, try these pre-bedtime beauty hacks. They’ll do all the work for you while you catch some zzzs.
Treat your skin to an intense hit of hydration
Fact: your skin naturally loses moisture while you sleep. Also fact: Your skin is more receptive to topical treatments overnight because while you snooze your body temperature rises, which increases absorption. Taking these two things into consideration, it’s a no-brainer that you should treat your skin to an ultra-hydrating cocktail of ingredients just before bed. While having a serum in your nightly routine is a great start, for a next-level dose of skin-loving nutrients, you can’t beat a sheet mask like Lancôme Advanced Génifique Hydrogel Melting Mask. This mask is made from a heat-sensitive hydrogel mesh that melts into a fluid at skin temperature to ensure optimal penetration of its active ingredients, such as probiotic extract Bifidus, which helps strengthen the skin’s barrier function and intensely hydrates. Apply the mask for 30 minutes before bed and wake up with plumper, firmer and younger-looking skin that has a healthy glow to it for the next 48 hours. Yep, two whole days of radiant results.
Style your hair in your sleep
What would you rather – get up half an hour early to style your hair, or put in five minutes of effort before bed and wake up with ready-to-go tousled tresses? Option two? We thought you might say that. Part slightly damp hair down the centre and twist each side from root to tip (keep it taut but not too tight). Pin each end to the crown of your head with a bobby pin or two. Go to bed, then when you wake up simply take out the bobby pins and rake your hands through the lengths. Hello, instant waves!
Save yourself the trouble of washing your hair in the morning
Did you know dry shampoo actually does its best work overnight? If you’d rather stretch out your blow-dry for another day than try our easy hairstyling hack in our previous tip, then give your mane a generous spritz of dry shampoo before bed. This way, it can work all night long to absorb any excess oil and will ensure there are no traces of tell-tale white powder lurking between strands. Try Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Shampoo.
Sleep your way to softer feet
Sandals and cracked heels don’t mix, so when it's warm outside it’s extra vital to help ensure your feet remain soft and smooth. Since the soles of your feet don’t have any oil glands they need a helping hand to stay nourished. A thick slather of a foot cream like The Body Shop Hemp Hard-Working Foot Protector and a pair of cotton socks will lock in moisture all night long for baby-soft soles by morning.
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What's your pre-bed beauty routine? Have you tried Lancôme's Advanced Génifique Hydrogel Melting Mask?
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Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.