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When it comes to taking care of yourself, self-care does not have to end when the day is over. In fact, your bedtime and sleep routines are two of the most important times to take care of your mind and body. My favorite bedtime beauty tips will continue to work for you, even while you are asleep.
Your bedtime beauty routine is just as important (if not more) as your daytime beauty rituals. Creating a bedtime beauty routine that works for you can have lasting effects with little effort. If you take care of your body, she will take care of you. You only have one, so you might as well do what it takes to look and feel your best!
Despite popular belief, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on skin-care, masks, and hundred dollar products. Although the fancy creams, gels, and serums do work, you don’t need to buy expensive products to learn to take care of yourself. Take small steps to create a simple routine that works well for you. As you learn what you like and don’t like, you can put simple systems in place to sleep better and leave you looking and feeling gorgeous in the morning.
As a mom who works from home, I am a sucker for quick and simple methods and remedies. At the end of the night, I don’t have time to spend an hour on a bedtime skin-care routine. I want to take care of myself, but I want to do it quickly and efficiently. Here are my favorite bedtime beauty tips and products that help keep me looking and feeling refreshed when I wake up in the morning.
7 Simple Bedtime Beauty Tips to Wake Up Looking Gorgeous
1. Clean your skin. The first and most important beauty tip I recommend is to clean your skin on a daily basis. This may sound like a “DUH” tip, but a recent study found that only 50% of women wash their faces regularly 🤯 . Throughout the day, your skin sheds and comes in contact with more bacteria, germs, and debris than you can physically see. Sleeping with makeup and dirt on your skin can cause more skin problems in the morning. To jumpstart your bedtime beauty routine, clean your skin to give it a fresh slate as you sleep.
Personally, I like to shower at the end of every day to cleanse my face and entire body. However, if you don’t have time to shower before bed, at the bare minimum consider washing your face, neck, and hands with a nighttime cleanser to give your skin a fresh start. If you are looking for a more in-depth cleanse, start with a mild face wash to remove surface-level dirt, then follow up with a secondary cleanser method such as a toner, foaming cleanser, or wipes.
2. Moisture your skin. After cleaning your skin, you need to moisturize it. Just like you wash your hair with shampoo and condition it immediately after, your skin also needs a daily dose of hydrating conditioner to be at it’s best. Always add some type of moisturizer to your skin after you wash it to help retain its natural moisture. The key to healthy-looking skin is moisture!
After cleansing my face, I use natural aloe vera gel as a light moisturizer on my face, then lather up in cocoa butter or moisturizing cream from head to toe. If you prefer to use a serum at night, use a product with hyaluronic acid to quickly boost to moisture in your skin. Don’t forget to put on a light layer of chapstick or lip blam – your lips are made of skin and need moisture too!
3. Don’t sleep on your stomach. If you are a belly sleeper like I am, this tip can be a little difficult – but you must avoid it at all costs. According to studies, sleeping on your stomach can lead to fluid build-up around the eyes. To avoid puffy eyes, prop up your pillows or use a wedge pillow and sleep on your back. The elevation will help drain the fluids around your eyes, and your face won’t constantly rub against your pillowcase. For beautiful looking skin in the morning, avoid as much rubbing and tension during the night as possible.
4. Sleep on satin or silk sheets and pillowcases. The cotton in sheets and pillowcases can pull the moisture from your skin. To way up looking gorgeous, you want to retain moisture throughout the night. Satin or silk pillowcases help keep the moisture in your skin as you sleep at night. The smooth fabric will prevent pulling and tugging while you move around in the middle of the night, which also helps to prevent lines and wrinkles over time.
*Satin and silk are normally cool to the touch, but during the summer months, satin and silk pillowcases and sheets can cause you to sweat in higher temperatures (ask me how I know 🙄).
5. Protect your hair with a satin bonnet or scarf. Stain material is smooth to the touch and helps prevents hair tugging and frizziness while sleeping. Before bed, protect your hair by covering your hair and sleeping with a satin scarf or bonnet. Not only will your hair retain moisture throughout the night (which is great for hair growth), you will also have to do less hair maintenance and styling in the morning when you wake up.
6. Sleep with a humidifier. A humidifier’s job is to add moisture to the air in the room. Sleeping in a room with dry air can cause your face to look dull and dry. As you sleep, run your humidifier to add moisture to the air as you rest. Generally, there are two types of humidifiers: cool mist and warm mist. Either will do the trick, as they both add moisture to the air. In addition to making you look beautiful, the healing effects of the humidifier’s steam can also cause you to sleep better, soothe your throat, and moisturize dry nasal passageways.
**If you are running your humidifier daily, make sure you’re following the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions and replacing the water daily to prevent bacteria and mold growth.
7. Go to bed at a decent time. As you sleep, your body heals and recharges itself in many ways. Even the best bedtime beauty tips won’t work if you don’t get enough sleep at night. In fact, the phrase “beauty sleep” comes from the fact that your skin cells actually regenerate at night. The more sleep you get, the more recovery time your body has to restore itself. An hour before bed, start to wind down and relax to help yourself fall asleep easier. If you have trouble sleeping at night, consider taking a sleep supplement before bed.
I hope these tips help!