Beauty Sleep: Wake Up Prettier
| Beauty Sleep: 5 Rules For Waking Up Prettier |
Like most of the working population, we get sleep deprived most of the time (a weekend sleep-in counts as the ultimate luxury). Although we wage a daily battle with our snooze button each morning, most nights I'm working through my to-do list into the late hours instead of getting an early night. But while we're all guilty of sacrificing a little sleep in favour of productivity, I'd rather not have my tiredness written all over my face each day. To ensure I put my skincare routine to work to minimise the signs of my sleep deprivation.
Here is our bedtime rules with our favourite products
|1| Cleanse Properly
The first step to ensure you wake up looking less haggard is to remove every last trace of makeup. I'm can be a little OCD and cleanse three times; first I remove my eye makeup with Bioderma micellar water on a cotton pad, then an oil cleanser to melt away all makeup and sunscreen, followed by a gentle gel cleanser.
|2| Treat & Repair
Your cell repair rate is the highest when you're asleep, bedtime is your skin's cue to repair and recover. Give it a boost and add a treatment serum before your face cream. I alternate between an exfoliating serum (to combat dullness), a multi-vitamin treatment (when skin is unbalanced or playing-up), and an anti-oxidant serum (to compensate for bad habits and city-dwelling). Put a stop to any blemishes with a spot treatment (this Kiehl's version is ultra-effective.)
Hydration = Happy Skin.
No matter what skin type you have, a double dose of moisture is key to waking up pretty. I alternate between a good face cream and a hydrating face oil (or both if things get serious). Drinking a big glass of water before bed and another soon as you wake up will help too, and don't forget to slather on a rich lip balm and hand cream.
The lack of sleep can leave our skin looking dull, tired and pale, adding a little tan or hint of foundation to your moisturiser can do a world of wonders, making you look well-rested than you really are.
It doesn't do anything for my skin, but This Works 'Deep Sleep' range is like a beauty chill-pill at bedtime. I spray the lavender mist on my pillows each night (also use the bath soaks if there's enough time) and, perhaps by association, fall asleep almost the moment I sleep it.