Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up in the morning already looking better before you even get out of bed?
Before your beauty sleep, try these tips and tricks to wake up looking and feeling your best:
1. Use Dry Shampoo
If you’re not going to take a shower in the morning, then spritz some dry shampoo in your hair before you hit the hay. Spray on roots as a preventative so you don’t wake up with greasy tresses. After spraying dry shampoo, brush hair up into a loose bun on the top of your head, which will provide added volume when you let your hair down in the morning. The benefit of using the dry shampoo before your beauty sleep rather than when you wake up, is that you won’t have a powdery residue in the morning, and you wake up grease-free and powder-free and ready to style! Personally, I use Not Your Mother’s “Clean Freak”, but if you’re willing to splurge a little then I would highly suggest TIGI “Rockaholic: Dirty Secret” which works wonders.
2. Deep Conditioning
If you are going to take a shower in the morning, then instead of dry shampoo*, use the night before to give your tresses a much needed hair mask. Once a week (depending on which mask you use) pamper your hair with a deep conditioning mask to soften, hydrate, and improve the overall appearance of your tresses. Use with a shower cap so that you don’t get the mask all over your pillowcase. When you wake up from your beauty sleep, your hair will be conditioned and ready to rinse in your morning shower routine! Be sure to ask your stylist which treatment is right for your luscious locks!
3. Don’t Eat Before Bed
Don’t have a large meal 2-3 hours before bedtime. Eating too close to your beauty sleep can increase fat storage, add to insomnia, and give you less of an appetite for breakfast the next morning- which is the meal that gets your metabolism going for the day! If you are craving that late night snack though, go for melons (watermelons, honeydew, cantaloupe) and citrus (oranges and grapefruits) which are about 90% water and will both hydrate you and prevent waking up bloated.
4. Drink Peppermint Tea
To wake up with that flat tummy, sip on some peppermint tea before your beauty sleep! Studies show that peppermint tea helps to reduce bloating. Not only does peppermint tea reduce bloating, but it naturally de-stresses your body in preparation for a good night’s sleep.
5. Reduce Puffy Eyes
Sometimes we stay up too late, have one too many cocktails, or watch a chick flick that’s got the waterworks going. To avoid waking up in the morning with swollen, red, puffy eyes try a caffeinated cream before your beauty sleep. Gulping down the coffee in the morning won’t help those puffy peepers, but applying the caffeine directly to them, topically, will! Caffeine actually draws water out of the skin which makes the skin appear tighter, reducing puffiness. Try MAC “Fast Response Eye Cream” for a caffeinated cream to add to your before-bed regimen! In addition, Witch Hazel is also a natural skin-tightening astringent and can be applied to (closed) eyes with soaked cotton pads for five minutes before bed to prevent opening puffy eyes the next morning.
6. Cut back on the Cocktails
For every cocktail you sip, down a glass of water to re-hydrate and flush the alcohol from your system. Alcohol dehydrates your body and leads to puffiness, dilated blood vessels, and depletion of vitamins from your body. Too many cocktails before your beauty sleep will have you waking up with grayish skin rather than a healthy glow, and red puffy bags rather than bright sparkling eyes.
7. Take Off All Eye Makeup
To avoid waking up with raccoon eyes from melted mascara residue during the night, use eye makeup remover, twice if necessary, to get off all lasting mascara off of your lashes. Wake up sans clumpy lashes, free from black smudges under-eye, and having allowed your lashes to breathe freely overnight.
8. Put on Lotion Before Bed
Wake up with glowing, hydrated skin by using lotion prior to your beauty sleep. During the course of the night, your skins evaporation of water increases 25% in comparison to the morning or afternoon! To avoid waking up with dry skin and lack of moisture, put on lotion before bed which helps to reduce your skin’s water evaporation while you sleep. Not only will lotion re-hydrate your skin, but since your skin regenerates the most when you sleep, lotion will help to boost this night-time cellular activity.
9. Set a “Bed-time Alarm”
Now I know we are all too familiar with setting alarms to get us up for work/classes/everyday life in the morning, but have you ever thought of setting a “bed-time alarm”? Just as it is important that you be awake in time, it is also equally important that you be asleep in time in order to get a healthy amount of slumber. The effects of sleep deprivation are fatigue, lack of motivation, increased irritability, reduced creativity, inability to cope with stress, weight gain, concentration problems, and more! Just because you can operate on less than 8 hours of sleep, doesn’t mean you should. Set an alarm in the evening that coordinates with your morning alarm to get you a solid 8 hours of beauty sleep to keep you rejuvenated and refreshed when you wake up- not racing towards the snooze button.
So, darlings, wake up tomorrow morning looking and feeling better before you’ve even gotten a chance to grab your makeup bag, hair products, or cup of coffee. Put the “beauty” back in beauty sleep!