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Every beauty lover knows that how good we look isn’t just about what we put on our faces- beauty sleep and a great diet are important too!
The good news is, a few small changes can make a big difference to how you look and feel when you wake up in the morning. Here’s our top 5 tips to wake up looking more beautiful:
Turn Off The Tech
An average adult needs 7.5 – 8 hours sleep a night- much less and you’re unlikely to wake up looking bright eyed and refreshed. If you struggle to fall asleep, or wake and are restless during the night, try turning off the tech 30 minutes before you go to bed. Apart from the fact that playing games, sending emails or watching tv in bed can fire up our brains and release cortisol, a stress hormone, the glow from electronics can also delay the release of the sleep inducing hormone, melatonin, too.
Watch What You Drink
For a great night’s sleep it’s best to avoid caffeine for at least four hours before you go to bed, according to the Sleep Health Foundation. Similarly, although alcohol can make you feel sleepy when you first go to bed, it can make you wake up later in the night if you over-indulge. If the effects on your sleep aren’t enough, alcohol also dehydrates you and can leave your skin looking parched and puffy the morning after. Instead, stick to water or juices in the evening, or try a milky drink that will ease you into a gentle slumber.
Sleep On A Silk Pillowcase
A silk pillowcase can make all the difference to how you look on waking. Not only does the smoother surface of 100% silk mean that your hair gets less snagged and your blow dry stays intact, using a silk pillowcase has skin benefits too. The cooling properties of silk mean that more moisture is retained in your skin than when sleeping on cotton and the smooth surface means it’s a great way to avoid wrinkles and sleep creases too.
Take Off Your Makeup
Whilst it can be tempting to slide into bed a few minutes earlier after a long, tiring day, sleeping in makeup forms a barrier over the surface of the skin. This means that dirt, oils and irritants are locked into the skin and moisturisers are locked out. Take a deep breath and spend those extra few minutes cleansing your skin thoroughly each evening for a brighter, smoother look when you wake. Use a gentle cleanser to remove the day’s makeup, paying particular attention to the eye area, then apply a night treatment that is designed to work with your skin and help nourish and moisturise it while you sleep.
Tame Your Hair
If your morning hair is less “just stepped out of a salon” and more “mad professor” when you wake up in the morning, try tying your hair into a bun on the top of your head while you sleep. Wrap it in a silk scarf to avoid snagging and wake up frizz and tangle free. If you like a wavier look, plait your hair into several soft braids before going to sleep. When you undo them on waking, rather than a wild, tangled mess, you’ll be left with glossy, gentle waves.
Read our review of Yes To Grapefruit Pore Perfection Night Treatment here.
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