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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? Here are six ways you can make the most of your beauty sleep. Ready, get set, hit the hay!
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 (and clogged pores 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. Peel the label to open and then gently use the wipes to clean your face and eye area. You don’t have to rinse your face after using these makeup wipes (a lazy girl’s dream!)—just remember to reseal the pack so none of the remaining wipes dry out.
Looking for a gentle cleanser that still works at getting rid of any 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 skin and repeat this process a couple of times until your face 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!
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 some toner on it. Then smooth the cotton ball over your cleansed face and neck.
While you’re dreaming away, why not use a product that helps the beautifying process? Enter the 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-frim, 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 until it’s fully absorbed. Leave it on overnight—that’s all you have to do!
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 serum is actually pretty neat! Generally, serums are concentrated formulas that can help target specific skin concerns such as dry skin, wrinkles, or dullness. Serum can also help to improve the overall appearance of your complexion. Not sure when to use one? Do so after cleansing but before moisturizing. Want to multitask? Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power Intensive Skin Revitalizer Serum + Moisturizer, which has an innovative dual chamber system that combines a potent serum and lightweight moisturizer in one pump. Think of this as an easy way to combine two steps (applying a moisturizer and a serum) of your night time skin care regime.
Dark circles can make you look tired and can 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 is usually the first place you see early signs of aging, such as crow’s feet, sagging skin, or 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 to 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. Since the skin around your eyes is very delicate, don't rub—gently pat in the eye cream until it’s completely absorbed.