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April 6, 2017

10 Ways To Make The Most Of That Beauty Sleep

Meghana Rabindranath

You woke up like this and we don’t doubt it

More often than not, I’ve found myself waking up to radiant skin, relatively suave hair all with the beatific look of actually being well rested. And then I really wake up from that glorious dream to find, well, me.  In all my frizzy glory, I begin my beauty routine. Hair, face, clothes – the works.

Let's face it; your morning skin-hair routine can (and often does) turn into a race against the clock. So why not let your products do the heavy lifting for you while you sleep—instead of rushing through a complicated process in the morning? As if Monday’s weren’t taxing enough already.

My need to cut down on beatification time lead me to find dynamic products (and approaches) that actually provide you with a good night’s rest, which is honestly, is half the battle won. So, if you really want to milk that sleep for all its got, we’ve got some crazy good beauty sleep hacks and products lined up for you.  

 

How do I milk that beauty sleep?

Lip Scrubbin'

The reason our lips get super dry, especially in the winter months is because our lips don’t have oil glands and therefore it’s up to us to constantly moisturise them with balm or that trustworthy coco oil. Also, it often happens that when we first wake up in the morning we usually reach for a bottle of water to make up for the lack of hydration while you were asleep. Your lips and mouth feel dry and gross but we’ve got a solution to one of those problems. The answer is exfoliating your lips before bed. Honestly, it’s the best feeling ever waking up to supple soft lips.

We all often ignore our own lips but it really is true that skin around or mouth also needs exfoliation just as any other part of or body. A lip scrub made with sugar or salt is literally the easiest DIY product in beauty history. Also, using a baby toothbrush to exfoliate right after a shower works well too. So exfoliate those lips thrice a week and don’t forget to put on some lip balm right after to soothe the skin. Wake up the next morning to smooth and soft lips and you’ll be so glad you tried this.

 

Silk Pillow Covers

If you keep up with the Kardashians then you also probably keep up with their hairstylist Jen Atkin. Now that we know she’s responsible for the fabulous hair from celebs like Chrissy Teigen and Bella Hadid, we trust her completely. Atkin has long suggested the silk or satin pillowcase for fab morning hair and it’s so comfy you also sleep like a baby. Regardless of your hair type, if you wake up to a head of hair that resembles a frizz bomb, it's probably your pillowcase. Silk pillowcases also have a super smooth slip to them and are extremely gentle on skin and hair and the fabric allows your strands to flow freely over it without friction.

The science behind it is, that doesn't absorb moisture from your skin and hair as a regular cotton pillowcase would. Don't want to part with your cotton pillowcase? Try wrapping hair in a silk scarf before sleeping to maintain your hairstyle till the morning after. Now that you know the benefits of what snoozing on a silk pillowcase can do for your hair and your skin, you’ve got to start sleeping on them stat! Also, for the price they come at (cheap) you’ve struck beauty sleep gold. 

 

Overnight Face Masks

We’d usually never even think of slathering on a facemask and then directly heading to bed. Do you know the destruction a charcoal mask could do to a beautiful white silk pillowcase? It’s not looking good. But thanks to an entire genre of overnight facemasks, that are actually meant to be worn while you sleep—it’s time to rethinking that nighttime beauty routine. It’s honestly the best no hassle night routine for radiant morning skin. You apply the mask and get some shut-eye.

Overnight masks are meant to treat your skin to an intense treatment over a longer period of time, while you’re asleep. Also, they allow deeper penetration of the product into the skin, leading to better results. There are quite a few different types of masks out there, but the largest categories are the ones meant to restore moisture to your skin. But beware, your sheets and pillowcases might suffer but hey, when you waking up to that entire glow, you won’t even remember those sheets (but use a towel as protection either way).

Oil It Up

Okay, we also love us some night oil. Whether it’s for the skin or the hair. If the thought of putting oil on your face brings really bad breakouts to mind, think again. Also, before starting any nighttime routine it's best to check with your derm. This supremely old-school beauty secret is making a big comeback right now. In fact, according to top dermatologists, facial oils may be that missing step in your beauty routine.

Our currently fave is the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a night serum designed to help repair your skin as you sleep and deliver hydration and balance to your skin with key ingredients like squalene and evening primrose oil. Our favourite part of this serum is – lavender oil. The smell is so gorgeous and according to aromatherapy experts, lavender oil helps you to fall asleep through relaxation. It’s best to layer it over your night serum and we promise, your skin will immediately feel velvety. With no silicones or parabens, it’s the perfect natural remedy for plumped up skin without that gross oily feeling. You can also show some love to your hair by massaging coconut or olive oil to your scalp and wash off in the morning for soft hair.

 

Skin Friendly Bronzer + Tinted Lip Balm

So we cheated a little bit on this one because these are the only products on our list not repairing or rejuvenating your skin through the night. Because sometimes, a girl has just got to wake up looking fierce.

Prep up for you nighttime routine as per usual, but after that night oil is all good and soaked in, make sure to apply a small portion of shimmery bronzer that won’t stain your sheets for a well, not an all natural glow but rather an assisted one. But do you really care when you wake up looking that good? Also, after you scrub those lips good, instead of a regular lip balm try using a natural tinted lip balm just for a flush of colour because rosy soft lips aren’t ever going out of style. Remember even though you got some help from your trusted makeup kit, don’t let that get you down. We all need a little help sometimes and it helps that we surprise our partners too by looking super good first thing in the morning. Or maybe we just want to look our fierce best for ourselves.

How do I snooze smarter?

Aloe Vera

It's always good to add some greenery to your home and life. So might as well choose a plant that will help you in a bunch of different ways. Aloe Vera is literally the answer to most life problems. Now that we've focused on how to get prettier while sleeping we're going to focus on how to improve the quality of sleep too. Difficulty sleeping leads to lower productivity lack of energy and poor health. Studies have suggested that being surrounded by nature helps lower stress levels, blood pressure and also triggers relaxation. Aloe Vera is a great plant for people who don’t have time to care for a plant on the daily, I know that sounds a bit harsh, nut honestly we need plants that support our lifestyle. It is known to purify the air by absorbing odours and moulds that can impact breathing and lung health and therefore a small plant by your bedside can actually help you sleep better. Also, slicing the plant releases gel that can be used for everything! It's like the coconut oil of plants.

 

Get Milk

The idea that warm milk helps you fall asleep didn't just come from anywhere, as people over the centuries could tell you it really does work. Conclusive studies have been done that show milk can raise your internal body temperature when it’s heated, which will relax you and make you sleepy and calm. Add to this the most powerful effect of all, the placebo effect. Warm milk seems to do something psychologically that makes us calm and drowsy. Perhaps it makes us harken back to our days of infancy, and therefore makes the drinker sleep like a baby. Either way, you look at it there’s something about it that makes falling asleep a breeze. Add some honey and nutmeg to your milk to make it almost like a tasty treat just before bed. Also, raw cold milk applied to your skin allows for deep moisturization! Two birds, one cup of milk. 

 

Walnuts

Who would have thought that even the food we eat before bed can determine how we sleep. But beware if you have any sort of a nut allergy it’s best to not take a chance with this one. Walnuts contain an amino acid called tryptophan, which allows one to improve their quality of sleep. We recommend walnuts as they also contain melatonin to add even more bang for your sleep-promoting buck. You can try sprinkling nuts on a salad at dinner or in a pasta dish, or with roasted vegetables to add that crunch and protein to your meal or you could just eat a had few after your meal at night. Many researchers from the University Of Texas have found that the combination of tryptophan and melatonin work together well to promote better sleep. We suggest you try this one to contribute to the best rest of your life.

 

Chamomile Tea

We know, herbal tea comes with a bad reputation of tasting and smelling just awful but like many things in life the things that taste gross, do wonders for your body. But this herbal tea has a fruit-like flavour that is similar to apple and besides being delicious, has a number of valuable therapeutic properties. We know chamomile has been recommended as a nighttime tea for the longest time but why? It’s that chamomile gives sort of sedative effects creating a mild response similar to anti-anxiety medication. If you hate that tired look that comes with dark circles in the morning, you may want to try some chamomile tea bags. The tea reduces inflammation and tightens skin, leaving you looking refreshed and vibrant. Dip two tea bags in warm water and leave them in there for five minutes. Put them in the fridge and then place them on your eyes at night for a soothing compress.

 

The Squeeze and Release

A century-old technique called progressive muscle relaxation could help you get the best sleep of your life. We tested it at the Jossbox HQ and we've never slept better! Progressive muscle relaxation is basically a relaxation exercise in which you tense and then relax all the muscle groups of your body. So you start with clenching your fists for 2 minutes and then releasing and end with flexing your toes. It’s a boring process but loads of videos on Youtube will help you with the same. It helps promote overall physical relaxation, which has a number of benefits on its own. Honestly, you feel so relaxed after. We recommend you try it and see if it works for you.

Sweet dreams troopers!

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