Whether you’re juggling the joys and responsibilities of a full-time job, family and friends or creative pursuits – or all of the above – you likely know the pitfalls of neglecting your own wellness. Even those who are low-maintenance when it comes to beauty and pampering can benefit from a relaxing beauty treatment or home facial. But how do you squeeze in some “me time” to an already packed schedule? Fortunately, overnight treatments provide plenty of ways to improve the way you look and feel while you sleep. With a few key tips, you can boost your appearance – and treat signs of aging – without sacrificing sleep or adding an extra step to your daily routine. Read on for a guide to getting youthful, glowing skin while you snooze, plus recommendations for budget-friendly treatment options.
When your skin needs a pick-me-up, few things are better than an at-home beauty treatment. Unfortunately, many treatments can be time-consuming, and since busy women typically reserve the night hours to unwind, a beauty boost can cut into some much-needed sleep time.
Why choose between sleep and beauty when you can have both? Some of the latest at-home treatments are designed to work overnight, so you can simply apply the product and sleep the night away. Forget spending an extra hour before bed struggling with DIY facials to make your skin look younger; these treatments will help dial back the clock after a good night’s sleep!
Revive your face. When you sleep, your metabolism repairs any damage your cells incurred during the day, according to WebMD. Unfortunately, as Howard Murad, MD, explains in Fitness Magazine, you lose water during the collagen-producing process, making wrinkles more pronounced come morning. These tips will keep your skin hydrated overnight.
- Prevent moisture loss. To ensure you get the most out of your beauty rest, apply a quality moisturizer before bed. Missouri dermatologist Audrey Kunin, M.D. tells Good Housekeeping that she recommends using lotion that contains a glycolic acid compound, or glycolic and ammonium glycolate. The hydrating compound is released over time, so applying it overnight ensures maximum benefits. Also keep your eye out for the ingredient dimethicone, which helps prevents the loss of moisture.
- Say goodbye to puffy eyes. Sleeping horizontally can cause fluid to pool beneath your eyes, leading to those puffy bags that make you look chronically tired – and older than your years. To help drain excess fluid, sleep with your head slightly elevated on a few pillows. In addition, Fitness Magazine recommends an eye gel or cream that contains caffeine to tighten and hydrate your skin.
- Banish wrinkles. Boost your body’s natural regenerative process with an overnight serum. Serum is a highly concentrated gel-like fluid applied after toner and before moisturizer. Serums that contain vitamin A or retinol, which treat fine lines but make the skin temporarily more sensitive to the sun, are best used at night to enhance the skin’s healing process, according to Dr. David Leffell, professor of dermatology and surgery at Yale University’s School of Medicine, in Good Housekeeping.
- Splurge: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic contains a revolutionary combination of photoprotective antioxidants ideal for dry, sensitive and photodamaged skin. To help defend against environmental damage and strengthen aging skin, opt for SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, an award-winning formula with potent ingredients.
- Hydrate your skin with a moisture-rich sleeping pack. Sleeping packs or masks are products that you apply after your regular skincare routine to repair damage and deliver extra moisture while you sleep. These treatments are generally full of antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients to help keep your skin supple and nourished.
- Get moist, luscious lips. Now your face is pampered and moisturized, but what about your lips? Before drifting off to sleep, apply a nutrient-heavy lip balm. With hours to sink in and hydrate your kisser, you’ll wake up soft and supple for the day to come. To help your lips absorb nutrients and moisture, exfoliate your lips gently with a washcloth before applying balm. Want a multitasking option? Makeup artist Fiona Stiles tells Fitness that dabbing eye cream on your lips is another effective hydrator, since it’s designed for delicate skin.
Pamper hands and feet. In your efforts to nurture and improve your face, don’t neglect the rest of your body – especially when it comes to anti-aging treatments. Here’s how to deliver TLC to your body while you get some much-deserved rest.
- Soften feet. Before slathering on a heavy foot cream, Fitness recommends exfoliating your feet with a natural bristle brush to eliminate roughness and calluses. Jessica Wu, MD, a Los Angeles dermatologist, tells the magazine that foot creams should contain lactic acid or urea to help remove dry, dull skin. In a pinch, you can use the budget-friendly staple, Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, and wear cotton socks overnight. You’ll have baby-soft feet by morning!
- Smooth overworked hands. Your hands go through a lot during the day – and are particularly susceptible to sun exposure and signs of aging – so cover them with a glycerin-rich moisturizer before hitting the sack. If you have discoloration from sun damage, opt for a formula that contains niacinamide to help fade sun spots and even out skin tone.
- Beautify your body. To prevent dryness and irritation, especially during the cold and hot seasons, apply a thick moisturizer all over your body before you go to bed. If you struggle with intensely dry or sensitive skin, consider keeping a humidifier in your bedroom to help keep skin hydrated while you sleep. Huffington Post relays the advice of St. Louis dermatologist Michelle Tarbux, who says, “Humidifying the air can reverse the process of skin dehydration and is particularly helpful for patients with dermatitis (an itchy inflammation of the skin).”
- Splurge: 3Lab Perfect Body Cream is a decadent cream that provides superb anti-aging benefits while tightening and hydrating the skin. For sensitive skin, opt for the wrinkle-fighting Perricone MD Cold Plasma Body lotion, which is free of potential irritants like parabens and synthetic fragrances.
Follow these easy tips to rejuvenate your skin overnight, and you’ll enjoy hydrated, wrinkle-free skin without time-consuming DIY beauty treatments. Of course, remember that beauty rest really does help to heal and renew your skin, so aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night. The combination of pampering overnight treatments and sufficient rest will lead to healthier, younger-looking skin in the long term.
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