There’s hardly anything better than falling into bed after a long day. A good night’s rest can leave you feeling totally refreshed in the morning. And when it comes to your skin and hair, there’s nothing a little shut-eye can’t fix (after all, it’s called beauty sleep for a reason). It turns out, with just a few tweaks to your usual night routine, you can strategically use the time you snooze to pamper your complexion and your mane. Follow our ten night-time beauty tips below to look better, feel better, (and maybe even earn a few extra minutes of sleep) in the a.m.
BEAUTY SLEEP TIP #1: TAKE YOUR MAKEUP OFF
Before you apply any night-time skin care products (more on our favorites later!), it’s crucial to cleanse your skin first. When you sleep in your makeup, it can mix with the dirt and oils that have accumulated on the surface of your skin and clog your pores, which, in turn, can lead to breakouts. Leave a no-rinse cleanser such as micellar water (along with a pack of cotton pads) by your bed to quickly remove your makeup before hitting the sheets, even if you’re super tired. Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, which easily removes dirt, excess oil, and waterproof makeup from the skin’s surface.
BEAUTY SLEEP TIP #2: DOUBLE CLEANSE
Let’s be real: While micellar water is convenient for a quick cleanse before hitting the hay, sometimes your skin needs a little more TLC. That’s where double cleansing comes into play. This skin care trend is all about giving your skin two rounds of cleansing—with a no-rinse cleanser and a rinse-off offering—for a deeper clean.
For days when you’re wearing heavy makeup or whenever your skin needs a deep clean, double cleansing can remove any remaining impurities that may have been left on the surface of your skin after your first cleanse. Head on over to our article, Is Double Cleansing Necessary?, to learn more about the technique.
BEAUTY SLEEP TIP #3: DON’T SKIP OUT ON TONER
While it’s easy to think that using toner in your routine may be unnecessary, it can go a long way in improving the overall look and feel of your skin. Unlike the alcohol-based formulas made popular in the ‘90s, today’s toners are hydrating liquid formulas that prep your skin to absorb skin care treatments and moisturizers. Typically used after cleansing, toner helps remove impurities and residue left behind by your cleanser from the skin’s surface. Depending on the formula you choose, toner can add a hydrating boost to the skin, brighten the complexion, or even minimize breakouts.
Our favorite pick is the L’Oréal Paris HydraFresh Toner. This essential contains beta hydroxy acid and pro-vitamin B5, for a formula that helps gently sweep away dead skin, protect against moisture loss, and refresh and brighten the complexion for a soft and youthful look. We also love that the non-drying formula is gentle and alcohol-free. To use, saturate a cotton ball and smooth over your clean face and neck. Once dry, you can continue your nighttime routine and begin layering on those nourishing skin care essentials.
BEAUTY SLEEP TIP #4: APPLY AN OVERNIGHT FACE MASK
You likely already know the benefits of using face masks in your skin care routine—but you might not realize you don’t need to be awake to benefit from one. An overnight mask differs from a traditional face mask in that you leave it on while you sleep instead of rinsing it off. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Anti-Aging Overnight Mask has a luxurious, creamy formula that forms a virtual protective mask to cradle your skin.
Every evening, apply the overnight face mask to cleansed skin. Use alone or as the last step in your nighttime skin routine. Smooth it over your face, neck, and jawline until absorbed, and prepare to wake up with hydrated, more radiant skin.
BEAUTY SLEEP TIP #5: REACH FOR AN EYE CREAM
One of the easiest ways to give your skin the extra attention it deserves is to utilize an eye cream. Sleep gives your body time to refresh and renew itself, per the American Academy of Dermatology. Adding an eye cream into the equation can help smooth and hydrate your eye area as you sleep. As a result, you’ll work your way to a more rested and youthful-looking appearance. Click through to our article, When Can You Start Using Eye Cream?, to find the best formula for you.
BEAUTY SLEEP TIP #6: PUT ON LOTION AND GLOVES
Sleeping with gloves on might seem slightly odd, but it’s second to none for moisturizing your hands and cuticles while you sleep. Apply a generous amount of your favorite hand cream and slip on a pair of cotton gloves before the lotion has time to absorb. The gloves help lock the hand cream in and ensure it doesn’t rub off onto your sheets. While you’re at it, do the same for your feet: Slather on a foot cream or rich body lotion, then pull on a pair of thick socks. Come morning, your hands and feet will feel beautiful and baby-soft.
BEAUTY SLEEP TIP #7: WEAR YOUR HAIR IN BRAIDS
Waking up early to style your hair with a curling wand may be effective, but those are precious minutes of sleep you’re missing out on! Instead, prep your hair the night before and hit that snooze button come sunrise Before letting your head hit the pillow, divide your hair into two braids—or more, depending on how thick your hair is and how tight you want the waves— spritz lightly with water, and then you’re free to go to sleep.
In the morning, gently undo the plaits, and your hair should fall into effortless, tousled waves. Spritz on a bit of hair spray to ensure your ‘do stays done all day.
Editor’s tip: If you’re too tired to plait your hair before bed, you can keep things simple and “pineapple” your hair. (Find a tutorial in our article, 7 Overnight Hair Hacks to Try Tonight.) This technique will keep your curly locks beautiful and defined for a fresh look.
BEAUTY SLEEP TIP #8: PROTECT YOUR HAIR AT NIGHT
Speaking of helping your hair look its best, it’s always a great idea to protect your hair at night, especially if you’re an active sleeper. Sleeping on cotton sheets can cause friction as you toss and turn at night, which can cause hair breakage and make your strands look unkempt and frizzy. Swap out your standard pillowcase for one in a slippery fabric, such as silk or satin, to keep your hair in tip-top shape. You can also rely on a silk or satin bonnet to suit your needs.
BEAUTY SLEEP TIP #9: BRING A HUMIDIFIER INTO THE BEDROOM
This little tip is for those of you with dry skin. There are plenty of things that can dehydrate your skin, but one of the most common is an arid environment. If you often find yourself sleeping with the AC or heat blasting, there likely isn’t much moisture in the air, and that can make your skin dry out. While you can’t always control your environment, you can invest in a humidifier to keep by your bedside to help keep your skin hydrated as you sleep. (For more dry skin hacks, check out our 14 Skin Care Rules for Dry Skin Types.)
BEAUTY SLEEP TIP #10: SMOOTH ON A LIP BALM
We couldn’t share nighttime routine additions without highlighting lip balms—after all, your lips are skin, too. Before you start catching Zs, layer your lips with a moisturizing lip balm to lock in hydration all through the night. Just be sure to exfoliate your lips with a lip scrub first for a seamless application. We love the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub, which contains coconut oil and cocoa butter for gentle exfoliation and deep, rich hydration.
Want more night routine tips and tricks that can boost your beauty look? That’s what we thought. Here’s How to Protect and Sleep On Your Hair.