Everyone loves sleeping, whether they admit it or not. And the old adage about “beauty sleep” is in fact true. Sleep is necessary as it allows our body to relax and detox. Sleep also rejuvenates our dead cells and tissues. And we all want better skin, so sleep is beneficial to keep our skin healthy!
We all wonder how to lighten skin and get healthier hair, but not everyone has the time and/or money to spend on fancy salon treatments and expensive hair and skin care products.
Even the best under eye concealer cannot hide the lack of skin care. So, I have compiled a list of some “lazy girl” beauty tips that can help give you better skin and hair. Best of all, these are all tips you can do before bedtime, or better yet, while you sleep!
Use Proper Bedding and Wash It Frequently
Believe it or not, the type of pillowcase you sleep on can help reduce the amount of wrinkles and creases that you wake up with every morning. Silk and satin pillowcases are more delicate to your skin as opposed to cotton pillowcases. It is also recommended that you change your pillowcases at least twice a week, and flip them over on opposing days. Bacteria and dead skin cells build up over time are unhealthy for your skin. You should also wash your bed linens (as well as your lingerie) in a more delicate laundry detergent to protect your skin from harsh chemicals. While those scented laundry detergents smell wonderful, they often contain chemicals that can cause breakouts or allergic reactions so it is better to wash your bedding in a mild, or unscented laundry detergent to help give you better skin.
Studies have also indicated that those who sleep on their back as opposed to their side are less likely to develop wrinkles later in life. Also, it is recommended that you sleep with an extra pillow. When we lie flat fluid tends to gather around our eyes, so an extra pillow can help prevent us from waking up with puffy and red eyes.
Use a Humidifier While You SleepSource: schoolmumpics via Instagram
Humidifiers have many benefits and help you sleep better. One of the most important advantages is that a humidifier adds moisture back into the air to hydrate your skin to keep it soft and supple. This is especially beneficial for those who live in drier climates, as well as those who like to turn up the heat while they sleep. A humidifier can also help keep your hair shiny and healthy, as well. So sleeping with a humidifier is another way for you to wake up with better skin and hair.
Brush Your Hair Before You Go to Sleep
First of all, never go to bed with wet hair, make sure it is completely dry and free of tangles. Brush out your tangles with a brush or comb before you go to bed for the night. You can use a conditioning spray or detangler if you have hair that is prone to knots and tangles. This is especially useful for those who have longer, finer hair.
It is also recommended that you pull your hair back in a ponytail before bed to keep it away from your face and protect your skin. Pulling your hair back tightly can cause breakage and damage to your hair. If you are going to pull it back, use a scrunchy instead of an elastic band. Also, pull it back in a loose ponytail, braid or bun. Or simply wear a soft cotton or silk headband to keep your hair away from your face. If you do this, you will wake up with better skin and hair guaranteed.
Make Small Changes to Your DietSource: alexa_luczak via Instagram
Simply eliminating caffeine and refined sugars after lunchtime can not only help you sleep better at night but it can also help give you better skin. Also, reducing your salt intake and cutting back on your alcohol consumption before bedtime can help keep your skin healthy. Both salt and alcohol will cause your body to become dehydrated and this will not only dry out your skin, but make your eyes become puffy and tired-looking. Simply cutting out, or at least cutting back on caffeine, refined sugars, salt and alcohol prior to bedtime can help you sleep better and improve your overall health.
It is also important to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. You should drink a full glass of water before bed to keep your skin, hair and nails hydrated through the night.
Deep Condition Your Hair While You SleepSource: amydolly via Instagram
Not everyone has time to apply a hair treatment or hair mask every night. You can simply rub a little coconut oil on the ends of your hair before going to bed. Or, try argon or Moroccan oil. You don’t need to saturate your hair. Just apply a small amount to the ends of your hair. And you also do not have to do this every night. Once or twice a week should be sufficient. Make sure that you wear a hairnet to protect your bedding and keep the oil from running into your eyes while you are sleeping.
Wear a Nightly Sleep Mask Once a Week
Sleep masks are becoming more and more popular. You can find them at most drug stores or retailers. They keep your skin naturally hydrated and nourished, so you will wake up with happy and healthy skin in the morning.
Indulge in Facial and Scalp Massages Before BedSource: sagesadvice via Instagram
You do not know what you are missing if you have never given yourself a facial or scalp massage. They are relaxing and can help you sleep better. Both head and facial massages can increase blood circulation. Facial massages help fight wrinkles, and scalp massages can stimulate hair growth. You can find tutorial videos for both online. So, you can start adding this to your nighttime beauty regime.
Don’t Neglect Your Hands and Nails
Our nails and hands can be subject to a lot of elements and factors during the day that can make them feel dry, flakey and damaged. Taking care of your hands and nails is crucial to keeping your skin healthy and younger looking. You can make a mixture of Aloe Vera gel and coconut oil and apply it to your hands and nails at night.
Apply Chap Stick Before You Go to BedSource: jamietaryn via Instagram
Our lips need to stay hydrated, as well. You should apply Chap Stick before you go to sleep to nourish your lips. You can also make a lip mask of coconut oil and honey and apply it to your lips for five minutes and wash it off before you go to bed.