Sleeping Beauty

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of self-care. A good night’s sleep (a recommended 7 to 8 hours) is essential for our health and well-being – and it keeps us looking fresh and youthful. Now, we’re taking the concept of “beauty sleep” even further. Here are 10 effortless ways to beautify overnight.

1. Choose a pillow that promotes good posture. 

The wrong type of pillow can cause aches and have a bad influence on your posture over time. Be sure to keep yourself standing tall and beautiful by sleeping on the right type of pillow at night. I highly recommend the Better Sleep Pillow or, for those sleep on their sides, the Side Sleeper Pillow is a great option. 

2. Use performance bed sheets. 

Using high quality sheets will ensure you stay comfortable and cool throughout the night, which ultimately means you will sleep deeper. Try the ultra-breathable Sheex Performance Bed Sheets from Brookstone.

3. Sleep on a silk pillowcase.

While cotton sheets are great for body temperature control, silk is a better option for your pillowcase. Why? Silk allows your skin to glide, whereas cotton scratches and tugs on delicate facial skin, resulting in premature stretching and sleep-crease. Protect that gorgeous face and mane with the Slip Silk Pillowcase.

4. Apply face serum before bed.

Using a great skin serum at bedtime can help with cellular regeneration, repairing damaged skin while you’re fast asleep. Om Aroma & Co Pumpkin Seed Renew Serum is great because it’s organic and helps renew skin with natural fatty acids and vitamins. I also really love Vitamin A Skin Therapy Serum by Julia T. Hunter. And, for those who really want to splurge, Hourglass Cosmetics offers an amazing Biomimetic Skin Serum for re-balancing the face.

5. Use a great night cream.

If you’re not already using a nourishing night cream, you should start immediately. The tricky part is choosing one! Verso Skincare Night Cream is a soft and calming option. It is formulated with retinol 8 (a stabilized vitamin A complex, which is eight times more effective than standard retinol in the same dosage) to support skin’s natural collagen. 

6. Rejuvenate with anti-wrinkle treatment.

While moisturizing is the key to fighting and preventing wrinkles, sometimes we need more. If you’ve got wrinkles on your mind, look no further than Dr. Brandt’s Do Not Age Night Cream made with Tahitian black pearl and the deeply-hydrating Renewed Hope In A Jar by philosophy. Another great option is Retasphere 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream by Kate Somerville, designed to gently infuse the skin with pure Retinol.

7. Wear feet softening socks.

It may feel a little strange to sleep in socks, but your feet will thank you! Bliss Softening Socks help hydrate hardened callouses with a self-activating gel lining. They also help smooth skin with olive oil, grape seed oil and vitamin E. Totally worth it.

8. Use aromatherapy for deeper sleep.

Relaxing the mind and body with aromatherapy before bed will ensure you sleep more soundly. Try spraying some Aromatic Bedtime Treatment by Tata Harper Skincare just before you get in bed. It’s 100% natural and the calming lavender fragrance will help quiet even the most overactive mind.

9. Nourish and condition your lips.

Don’t forget your lips! The moisturizing N° 28 Lip Treatment Oil by Hourglass is absolutely amazing. Filled with essential oils and vitamins, this serum takes awhile to sink into your lips, ensuring it does its job while you sleep.

10. Apply a body elixir.

The nighttime offers skin a break from UV rays and harmful toxins. Utilize this time with a night Body Elixir from Kypris, designed to help repair signs of environmental damage and hyper-pigmentation. And, of course, keep up the good work by applying sunscreen in the morning.