Put down the concealer, it’s time for some beauty talk! Besides, you don’t need it. With a few easy tweaks to bedtime, you can wake up with the glow. Lots of beautiful things are happening while you sleep, skin repair being one of them. Skin cells are renewing and producing fresh collagen, consider this your natural beauty potion. Plus, good quality shut-eye gives your skin a break from stress. Yes, all those zoom meetings and never-ending to-do lists can show up on your face. Though don’t worry, it’s nothing the magic of beauty sleep can’t fix. Here are five ways to make the most of every wink and wake up feeling beautiful.
Book in your beauty sleep
Life is kinda busy, right? And the first thing that gets bumped down the priority list is getting enough sleep. 8 hours is what is recommended to look and feel our best. Regularly getting by on less? It will catch up with you. Getting into a good sleeping routine is one of the healthiest things you can do for your wellbeing and your skin. Your mind needs a break from the constant stressors that mark our days, screens, noise and distractions, all taking their toll on our skin. Trying to get into a rhythm of going to bed and waking up at the same time every day will give you the proper time you need to replenish your energy. Unwinding is essential, swap late-night scrolling for a hot bath and a book. You will thank yourself in the morning (and be selfie-ready!)
Pick the perfect pillow
Dry skin? Clogged pores? Your pillow could be doing you no beauty favours. We spend a lot of time face-planted on our pillows and while we’re happily snoozing, they absorb all kinds of bacteria. From sweat, hair products, left on makeup (oops) all of this can lead to clogged pores and irritation. Though fret not sleeping beauties, there is a pretty little solution. Natural wonder fabric bamboo makes divinely soft memory foam pillows that come with heaps of beauty benefits. Bamboo is naturally hypo-allergenic, moisture-wicking and thermo-regulating. Goodbye night sweats, hello fresh skin. Sweaty skin dries out which can cause a dull complexion and lead to wrinkles. Skip the expensive creams, buying a perfect memory foam pillow will keep you and your bedtime feeling beautiful.
Eat these bedtime beauty snacks
Can’t resist snacking before bed? We all do it. And as long as we’re choosing the right things to munch on, it’s not so bad. Eating certain foods before bed will 1 – stop us from waking up hungry which leads to a better night’s rest and 2- add a nice boost of vitamins to work their overnight magic. So, what’s on the menu? Bananas are a great choice. They are full of magnesium and serotonin which will make you feel sleepy, as do pistachio. Not a fan of nuts? Whip up a bedtime smoothie. Mix some yoghurt with your favourite fruits and get slurping. The protein will aid muscle repair and the fruit will be full of skin-loving minerals that will brighten your skin and your mood. Beauty tip—choose pineapple over popcorn and wake up feeling fabulous.
Think pretty thoughts
What’s on your mind before bed can be the difference between a beautiful night’s sleep and an awful one. If you tend to worry and overthink at night, take more time to unwind and switch off from the day. Treat yourself to a new notebook and jot down positive affirmations with your evening cuppa. Studies have shown gratitude lists can lead to longer, deeper sleep. This is where the beauty magic happens. Think happy thoughts, your favourite memories, the people that make you smile, or the fun things you have planned for the weekend. All that positive thinking will have you drifting off and recharging for a pretty, brighter morning.