When was the last time you had a good, quality sleep? If you don’t remember, your skin could be in big trouble.
Dr. Glenn Yarbrough, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based dermatologist and member of the American Academy of Dermatologists, explained it to us this way: “With proper rest, skin is able to repair much of the day-to-day damage as a part of the body’s natural repair cycle.”
Unfortunately, there are several factors that impact a person’s quantity and quality of sleep—from stress to the environment to unhealthy lifestyle choices. And if you’re a woman, it doesn’t help that our minds are equipped with the ability to multitask, which, according to professor and sleep neuroscientist Jim Horne, uses up more brain power and thus requires longer sleep to recover from.
While there’s nothing much we can do about how our mind and body works, there are a few tricks we can definitely do to help our body sleep: making your bedroom a cozy haven, establishing a regular bedtime routine, avoiding late-night exercise and avoiding too much mental stimulation. Couple these healthy habits with the following nightly beauty rituals and you’re off to a stunningly gorgeous you in the morning!
Why we love it: Life in the fast lane can sometimes leave you with less time for some of life’s essentials—like allowing your stressed-out skin to rest and recover. With its blend of AHAs, retinol and probiotics (all housed in a slow-release high-molecular-weight hyaluronic-acid gel), this overnight facial lets your skin reap the reparative powers of sleep by delivering intense hydration while reducing blemishes and speeding up cell renewal. You may already see noticeable results on the first night, but it’s after two to three nights of use that you really see for yourself why this all-in-one facial is being called a game-changer.
Why we love it: If you’ve always been concerned about wrinkles in weird places on the body, this one’s for you. Wrinkles Schminkles Chest Smoothing Kit smooths out chest wrinkles caused by aging, sun damage or creasing that occurs while you sleep with 100% medical-grade silicone. Reusable for up to 20 to 30 uses, this smoothing kit also works on stretch marks and scars. Use it before bedtime and show off your noticeably improved skin in a button-down shirt the next day.
Why we love it: This is not your ordinary eye mask that simply blocks unwanted light and helps you sleep faster and stay asleep longer. This is made up of pure silk, which not only feels super luxurious against your skin but also reduces friction and pressure on the eye area, diminishing eye wrinkles and promoting a more restful sleep overall.
Why we love it: Contrary to what Instagram would have you believe, that #wokeuplikethis mermaid hair doesn’t just happen. Luckily, you don’t have to book your salon appointments at the crack of dawn so you can have perfect hair in time for that breakfast selfie. All you need is this Overnight Hair Repair from Sachajuan, featuring carrageenan and rhodophycea extracts—which are as mysterious-sounding as they are essential in strengthening hair from the inside and creating a healthy bounce on the outside. Apply from scalp to roots, leave on overnight and wake up to lusciously soft and manageable hair!
Why we love it: Want a restful snooze? Invest in a silky, satin memory foam pillow that not only fights wrinkles while you sleep but also improves the quality of your sleep. What’s more, whether you are a back sleeper or a side sleeper, this works splendidly well. Say goodbye to those pesky “sleep lines” and hello to a fresher, well-rested you. You’re welcome, beautiful! Sleep tight.
Why we love it: Forget the jewelry. Forget the hard-to-come-by show tickets. Sometimes, all you really want for the holidays is eight (or ten) whole hours of heavenly, uninterrupted sleep. And what better way to achieve that perfect slumber than with This Works’ revolutionary sleep solutions. This Holiday Kit is pure sleeping luxury with its lavender-, chamomile- and vetivert-infused sleep balm, deep sleep bath soak, deep sleep pillow spray, deep sleep night oil and deep sleep breathe in. Bonus: a luxurious eye mask to tune out the world for your best sleep yet!
Why we love it: Who needs a glass of warm milk before bed when you can have not just calcium but also vitamin B6 (your metabolic maintenance) and melatonin (your natural sleep hormone) all in one tablet? Take 1 of these gluten-free and non-GMO tablets 20 minutes before bedtime and you’re off to a relaxing slumber.
Why we love it: Sun exposure, dirt, pollution. Your skin endures a lot of damage on a daily basis that a lack of proper sleep will only worsen. While sleepless nights are sometimes unavoidable, you can still make sure your skin gets all the rest, nourishment and protection it needs. How? With this intensely moisturizing night cream that comes packed with phytolipids and antioxidants that shield and restore skin and enhance its elasticity. Just massage over face, neck and chest, and you’ll be waking up to healthy, glowing skin that’s ready to brave the world!
Why we love it: There’s almost nothing a warm bath can’t fix, but if you want to transform your nighttime soak into a tranquil and therapeutic oasis, you only need to reach for one thing: Calm Bath Salts from Herbivore Botanicals. With ingredients like Himalayan sea salts, ylang ylang and vanilla oils, this soothing bath salt not only detoxifies and moisturizes your skin, it also relieves tension and calms your senses. Just add your go-to spa playlist, and you’re in for a most restful evening.
Why we love it: Want glowing, golden skin but tanning beds are out of the question and summer is still several months away? Not to worry, this tanning gel has you covered! Don’t be fooled by its lightweight formula because each drop is packed with soothing aloe vera and cucumber extracts, moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich algae extract. The best part? It works its golden magic while you sleep! Simply apply to your face, neck and décolletage before sleeping and wake up with radiant and glowing skin. Plus, this colorless gel won’t transfer to your sheets or clothing!
Why we love it: When it comes to fighting the signs of aging, retinol ranks high in the ingredients that you want in your beauty arsenal. Best for mature and aging skin, these pads are enriched with good-for-your-skin ingredients—aloe vera to soothe and nourish skin, dimethicone to moisturize and refine wrinkles and antioxidants to protect from free radicals and encourage cell regeneration. To use, lightly brush the pad’s textured side over skin, followed by the smooth side. No need to rinse off in the morning!