Beauty sleep is called beauty sleep for a reason. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, while you’re snoozing every night, your skin works on repairing itself. For this reason, it’s important to make sure your skin care routine is in tip-top shape so that you can make the most of your time under the covers. Want to wake up looking well-rested and ready to take on whatever the day has in store for you? Fortunately, we’ve got some ideas on how you can maximize the beautifying power of sleep—and we’re not just talking about using a night cream. Below, we’re sharing seven ways you can make the most of your beauty sleep—with the right skin care products—but first, let’s talk about how exactly sleep can affect your appearance. Ready, get set, hit the hay!
HOW SLEEP AFFECTS YOUR APPEARANCE
Beauty trends may come and go, but the importance of sleep will never, ever fade—and there’s plenty of science to back up sleep’s importance on both our feelings and appearances. That’s right, beauty sleep isn’t just a saying or an old wives tale—it’s as real as can be! According to research published by the National Center of Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a lack of sleep doesn’t just make you feel crummy, it makes you look crummy, too. Research has indicated that looking tired is related to decreased overall attractiveness in the eyes of others. According to one study, a tired-looking face with dark circles under the eyes isn’t just perceived by others as less attractive, it also looks like you’re unhealthy altogether. What’s worse? Other studies have found that a lack of sleep is also linked to aging skin! One study from the University Hospitals Case Medical Center found that poor sleepers not only had increased signs of skin aging, but their skin was also less able to rebound from environmental stressors like UV rays. Bottom line, according to the NCBI: Poor sleep is associated with increased signs of skin aging, decreased functioning of the skin barrier, and an overall lower satisfaction with your appearance.
If these aren’t all reason enough to commit to getting more beauty sleep, we don’t know what is. In addition to getting more hours of shut-eye, you can also make the most of what sleep you do get with a few tweaks and additions to your nightly lineup of skin care products. Keep reading for our top tips on how to make the most of your beauty sleep.
BEAUTY SLEEP ESSENTIAL #1: MAKEUP wipes
No matter what happens during the day, it’s really important that you take off your makeup before hopping into bed. Even if you’re super-tired, taking a few seconds to wipe away your winged eyeliner and foundation before jumping under the covers is a great idea. Why, well, when you sleep with your makeup on, it can mix with the dirt and oil on your face, leading to clogged pores (which can lead to breakouts). So, stash a package of makeup removing towelettes on your nightstand for easy access. Even if you’re too tired to get up and wash your face in the bathroom before bed, you can still remove your makeup. Try the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean Makeup Removing Towelettes All Skin Types, which are alcohol-free and effectively remove all traces of eyeliner, mascara, and long-wear makeup. The best part? You don’t have to rinse your face after using these makeup wipes—a lazy (or tired) girl’s dream!
BEAUTY SLEEP ESSENTIAL #2: MICELLAR WATER
Looking for a gentle cleanser that’s still effective at getting rid of sweat, dirt, and oil that’s built up on your skin throughout the day? Micellar water is the answer! This gentle cleanser is powered by tiny micelles (oil molecules) suspended in water that lift dirt, oil, and makeup residue up and away from your skin. Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types. Grab a cotton pad and soak it with micellar water. Gently wipe the pad all over your face until your skin is completely clean. If you are using micellar water to remove eye makeup, hold the pad over closed eyes for a few seconds and then gently wipe to remove. Yes, it’s that easy!
BEAUTY SLEEP ESSENTIAL #3: TONER
It’s possible that even after washing your face with a cleanser, you might be left with some dirt, grime, or makeup residue on your face. That’s where toner comes in. If you have sensitive or dry skin, choose a toner that has an alcohol-free formula, since alcohol can be drying. Try the alcohol-free L’Oréal Paris HydraFresh Toner, which is formulated with beta hydroxy acid and pro-vitamin B5 to help gently sweep away dull, tired skin and protect against moisture loss. Take a cotton ball and pour a little toner on it, then smooth the cotton ball over your cleansed face and neck.
BEAUTY SLEEP ESSENTIAL #4: OVERNIGHT FACE MASK
While you’re dreaming away, why not use a product that helps the beautifying process? That's the brilliance of an overnight face mask! As you age, your skin loses its ability to repair the visible signs of aging. And, as your skin loses firmness and elasticity, facial contours can become less defined, and wrinkles can become more visible. Nighttime is the best time to re-tone, re-firm, and re-lift the skin. Try the hydrating, creamy L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power Intensive Overnight Mask. Smooth it over your face, neck, and jawline before going to sleep. Leave it on overnight—and that's it, it's just about as easy as skin care can get!
BEAUTY SLEEP ESSENTIAL #5: FACIAL SERUM
You may be thinking to yourself: What’s the deal with facial serum—and is it even worth adding to your skin care routine? It turns out that serums are actually pretty neat! Generally, serums are concentrated formulas that can help target specific skin concerns such as dry skin, wrinkles, or dullness. A serum can also help to improve the overall appearance of your complexion. Not sure when to use one? To get your skin care routine order right, apply serum after cleansing but before moisturizing. For this step, try the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which is formulated with pure hyaluronic acid. Apply this serum onto freshly-cleansed skin before you start catching Z’s and you’ll be left with replenished, visibly plumped skin.
Editor’s note: If you’re not well-versed in the skin benefits of hyaluronic acid, it’s high time you learn about this amazing ingredient! Here’s How Hyaluronic Acid Benefits Skin.
BEAUTY SLEEP ESSENTIAL #6: EYE CREAM
Dark circles can make you look tired and be an instant giveaway that you didn’t get enough sleep. Since the skin around your eyes is thinner compared to the skin on the rest of your face, it's usually the first place you see early signs of aging, such as crow’s feet, sagging skin, and puffiness. That’s why it might be a good idea to add eye cream to your beauty routine if you haven’t already. Need a place to start? Try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Eye Renewal Eye Cream, which helps defend against free radical damage and oxidative stress. It addresses five signs of aging around the eyes: dark circles, puffiness, under-eye bags, crow’s feet, and crepiness. Apply the eye cream once in the morning and once in the evening. Dab a small amount of the eye cream on the orbital bone area using your fingertips.
Suffer from puffiness around your eyes? Consider the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Eye Gel instead. This gentle eye gel is formulated with nourishing manuka honey and packaged in a rollerball applicator, which can help diminish the look of puffiness around the eye area.
BEAUTY SLEEP ESSENTIAL #7: NIGHT CREAM
On nights you don’t wear your overnight face mask, reach for a night cream or balm instead. Similarly, night creams can help replenish your skin while you sleep. The L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Night Balm is a luxurious night balm that’s not sticky or greasy, with a formula that will help leave your complexion feeling hydrated and firmed by morning. To use, apply every evening onto clean skin and don’t forget to layer it on top of your facial serum for even more skin care benefits.
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