10 Easy Ways to Wake Up Looking Fresh & Well-Rested (Even When You're Not)
We all have those mornings when we wake up just shy of the recommended eight hours and think, why did I choose last night to have a marathon Netflix session? That lack of rest can take its toll: Dark circles, dull hair, and prematurely aged skin creep up on the best of us. Plus, that huge chunk of time could be used for soaking in an overnight mask or hair treatment — products that work while you sleep — to get you looking and feeling fresh by morning.
One of the best ways to stop ruining your skin overnight is to stay hydrated, so always give your skin a good drink of water with an overnight mask. Looking fresh and healthy when you wake up is as simple as allowing yourself a bit of luxury with some silky pillows. And when your eyes are doing that sad puppy dog thing, give them a little pick-me-up with some nighttime eye cream.
Treat yourself before you drift off to dream about Zac Efron or Channing Tatum. (Your fantasies will wait while you spend a little extra time prepping before bed.) Plus, waking up looking like the wonder woman you are is exactly what you needed to conquer this morning, right?
Restore Skin's Nutrients While You Cleanse
This Le Mieux Phyto-Nutrient Cleansing Gel is packed with phytonutrient micro-bubbles and 12 botanical plant extracts — all working to detoxify pores and improve skin tone and texture. Its foaming cleanse, created with brown, green, and red algae extract, improves skin hydration, and one user said her hormonal acne-prone complexion looked more clear and younger after washing.
Sleep on Silk Pillowcases
This Oosilk Pillowcase will have you waking up looking well-rested, and you'll feel like a queen slumbering in luxury. The 400-thread count material is hypoallergenic, which means your case is free of harmful chemicals. Sleeping on silk is proven to improve your skin and hair because it lets your body retain more moisture than cotton does.
Get Rid of Dead Skin
The jojoba beads in this Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator leave your skin smooth and rejuvenated by removing the day's dirt, grime, and dead skin cells — replacing them with the hydration you need. Users love how gentle it is on even the most sensitive skin, and the subtle, refreshing rose fragrance lingers after you wash.
Hydrate While You Sleep
Nothing does a body good like eight cups of water a day, right? This Origins Overnight Mask is just that for your skin: loaded with hydrating avocado and apricot kernel oil, in addition to protective seaweed extract, you only need this mask twice a week to keep your skin looking and feeling amazing.
Give Your Eyes Some TLC
Show your eyes some love with Radha Beauty Eye Gel, as the skin around your eyes is the first place to show signs of tiredness. It's a No. 1 best-seller because of its formula's ability to tackle dark circles, puffiness, and dull skin around the yes. Plant stem cells, Peptide Complex, and Vitamin E all work to keep your delicate eye area bright and healthy. So the question is, why don't you already have this?
Give Your Hair A Treat
There's a reason It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product is called a miracle. Not only does it repair breakage and nourish split ends, but it's a heat protectant that seals in moisture. You've heard everyone rave about how silky it leaves hair, so spray some onto your locks before bed and wake up with bouncy, beautiful tresses.
Firm and Tone Your Skin
Moisturizing your body before bed is always a good idea, but this Philosophy Body Emulsion softens your skin while keeping it firm, too. With its soothing blend of shea butter, olive oil, and macadamia oil (as well as vitamins E and C), you'll wake up with healthier-looking skin.
Pucker up! First Aid Beauty Lip Therapy can keep dried-out lips from succumbing to that not-so-great wrinkly finish. The colloidal oatmeal soothes your skin while glycerin moisturizes and protects, which makes dabbing on this antioxidant-rich balm one of the surest ways to wake up fresher.
Protect Your Skin With Vitamin E
This Overnight Serum-in-Oil is packed with vitamin E and specifically formulated to last eight hours — giving your face the ultimate replenishing beauty sleep. It'll help your skin absorb your moisturizer and help you wake up completely radiant.
Get Some Deep Sleep
Secret's out: Getting a full night of sleep is the ultimate trick to waking up looking great. If you're the type of person who needs complete darkness to get some shut-eye, use this MSSilk Eye Mask. Its cooling material will stay securely in place all night while still allowing skin to breathe.
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