6 Beauty Tricks & Treatments You Can Do While You Sleep
I love a good beauty hack. But sometimes there just isn't enough time in the day to solve beauty woes. This is why I'm an even bigger fan of beauty treatments you can do while you sleep — you know, the set-it-and-forget-it type. Because even though snoozing offers its own beauty benefits, if we're going to be spending around one-third of every day doing it, we might as well make the most of it and reap even more advantages from it.
And the best part is, by tackling problems like dry skin and hair while we sleep, we have more time during the day for really anything else. No more time is wasted trying to make hair look just so, or trying to pop pimples (that we know we should leave alone anyway). Instead, there's more time for other activities, like basking in our own laziness. (C'mon, you know loafing is one of your favorite pastimes.) So whether you simply don't have the time or are just a little bit lazy when it comes to a beauty routine, here are six beauty tricks and treatments that you can do while you snooze. I mean, it's called "beauty sleep" for a reason, right?
1. Cure A Pimple
There are plenty of topical treatments to try on a pimple overnight: benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, tea tree oil, even toothpaste. But if these treatments don't work quickly enough for you or you have a larger pimple that needs tending to, try using a hydrocolloid pad, or blister bandage. Just carefully clean and lance the pimple before applying the bandage over it (see here for further info). By the time you wake up, the bandage should have sucked out the gross stuff from your face. Yeah, it's as satisfying as it is gross.
Band-Aid Advanced Healing Blister Bandages, $6, Amazon.com
2. Replenish Skin's Moisture
A hydrating, overnight mask is perfect for those with dry skin. But for something a little more consistent (and that offers other health benefits as well), try a humidifier. Especially in colder, drier months, a humidifier will help stop the air from sucking out all of the moisture from your skin. And the best part is it will help your whole body, not just your face.
Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier, $35.04, Amazon.com
3. Smooth Cracked Feet
To add moisture back into dry and cracked feet, apply some Vaseline (concentrating on heels or other trouble areas) before slipping on socks and crawling into bed. By the time you wake up, your feet will be seriously soft. While really any moisturizer will work for this trick, for the most intensive treatment, petroleum jelly is the way to go.
Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly, $3.24, Amazon.com
4. Heal Damaged Locks
Coconut oil is every lazy girl's favorite product because of its multifarious uses. It can moisturize hair and skin, and even whiten teeth. While it can be used as a daily conditioner in the shower, if your locks are feeling especially dry or damaged, smooth some onto your strands and leave it in as a hair mask overnight. Just be sure to lay a towel over your pillow before sleeping with oil-covered hair. In the morning, just rinse it out and be prepared for the smoothest hair you've ever felt.
GuruNanda Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, $7.99, Amazon.com
5. Wake Up With Wavy Hair
You might already know that sleeping in a braid is an old trick used by straight-haired ladies to wake up with wavy hair, and curly-haired ladies to wake up with tamer strands. But there are different types of braids to sleep in to achieve different types of waves. My personal favorites are the rope, fishtail, and French braids.
6. Prevent Dry & Damaged Skin, Hair
Cotton pillowcases can really do some damage to skin and hair. They absorb moisture which not only leads to drier skin and hair, but this dryness can also contribute to premature signs of aging, and brittle and broken locks. To make sure your pillowcase isn't wreaking havoc while you sleep, but instead helping with your beauty sleep, invest in a silk or satin pillowcase. It will make a world of difference.
Spasilk 100% Pure Silk Facial Beauty Pillowcase, $20.50, Amazon.com
Just call yourself Sleeping Beauty.
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