Savvy Style: Beauty Sleep – Make the Most of Your Zzzzz’s
It’s not called beauty sleep for nothing. Nighttime is when our body, skin and hair repairs and rejuvenates itself—so why not give yourself a little help in this department? There are myriad products that make it easy to enhance our natural system and yield dramatic antiaging results. It’s the perfect time to mend stressed-out skin, eliminate puffy eyes and dark circles, and give your hair some TLC to undo some of the daily damage from styling. Below are some products to help you sleep your way to gorgeous.
Luxe Out Your Dream Space
Create a luxurious dream environment with this Purusa Dream Extract. A unique blend of Sandalwood, amber, Bergamot and organic Clary Sage from France makes for a deliciously fresh spray to mist your sheets, pillows and clothes—it evokes sleep-inducing calm followed by sweet dreams. Available at www.sebastiansigns.com, $26.
Break the Case
Ever wake up with major creases on one side of your face? Antiaging experts confirm that permanent lines are caused by your face pressing against the pillow while you sleep. Look to one of the oldest tricks in the book for a quick fix—silk or satin pillowcases. Not only do they make your bed feel luxe, they prevent wrinkles and hair breakage, and combat the dreaded bedhead. Comfort Silkie has a beautiful line in a wide range of colors that are absolutely reasonable at only $20 per case. www.comfortsilkie.com.
Take it to the next level with The Wrinkle Prevention Pillow by About Face. Made with high quality, memory foam and encased in luxurious silk, this innovative pillow has a contoured center to make sleeping on your back feel more comfortable and natural. Once you turn on or to your side or stomach, it comfortably cradles, lifts and supports your head and neck so your face doesn’t get pressed into the pillow. Night creams, serums and other products won’t run off while you’re sleeping, so it truly lets you makes the most of your skincare products. Widely endorsed by experts in the beauty and skincare industry, it also comes in pretty, feminine colors, as well as a version made with hypo-allergenic polyfill. Available at www.wrinklepreventionpillow.com.
Deflate the Puff
Wake up looking rested by applying a caffeine-packed eye cream before going to sleep. A good one to try is 100% Pure Caffeine Eye Cream, $19. Since it’s nighttime and you’re not applying makeup, eye creams can seep deep into your skin to tighten and reduce bloating. If you still wake up with bags in the morning, gently massage the area around your eyes to stimulate blood flow and take down any swelling. Top with a cooled, drained green tea bag or chilled cucumber slice to reduce puffiness old school style.
Make Drab Strands Dazzle
Use your downtime to eliminate the frizzies with an ultra-conditioning mask. Look for overnight products such as L’Oréal Professionnel Liss Ultime Nuit Treatment or Kerastase Noctogenists Serum Nuit—they’re less messy than an in-the-shower mask. Apply to towel-dried hair and cover it with a shower cap to help the mask penetrate. When you wake up, skip the shampoo and just rinse for super soft, shiny locks. If you can’t stomach the mess that goes along with sleeping in a conditioner-drenched shower cap, try John Frieda Frizz-Ease Crème Serum Overnight Repair Formula.
Bioelements Overnight Rejuvenation Kit
Try a complete set like this to maximize the regeneration our skin experiences during sleep. Its cutting-edge products include Probotix Antiaging Serum, Sleepwear—packed with calcium, retinol, protein peptides and cranberry seed oil to strengthen and repair visible damage, Quick Refiner to smooth and refine, and Multi-Task Eye Creme to firm, de-puff, moisturize and reduce dark circles all in one step. www.bioelements.com.
Chaton Anderson is a Writer, Filmmaker and Fitness expert, as well as a product and pop culture addict. She is always looking for the coolest, hippest things on the market, as well as the newest health and fitness trends to hit the scene. E-mail her at Chaton@FusionIntegrated.com with questions or leads on products and services on the cutting edge.