How To Wake Up Pretty

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As much as we all wish we could wake up from a slumber looking flawless, the reality isn’t always as pretty (read: not even close). After all, it seems like even the most effortless beauty looks involve some dedication and time spent in front of the mirror (or a talent with the blow dryer, at best). This works on the mornings when we miraculously avoid hitting snooze, but let’s be real – between all of our late nights and early mornings, the snooze button has become a close friend we’d rather not ditch.

So what’s a busy girl to do? The answer is simple: Prep the night before. Your nightly routine can easily – and quickly – help you avoid looking less than your bright-eyed self. Follow these 10 tips to wake up as gorgeous as ever.

TIP #1: Always Remove Makeup
For a while this point has been repeated, but I feel that it’s still necessary for you’ll to know that you should always remove your makeup before you hit the sack. In fact, recent studies have suggested that leaving makeup, sunscreen or smog residue on your face can lead to unwanted acne and even wrinkles. Use removing wipes to start as a minimum, such as Kara Make-Up Removal Wipes With Seaweed And Lavender or go all out with a more hardcore remover for stubborn, waterproof formulas, like Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water or Lakmé Absolute Bi-Phased Make-up Remover.

TIP #2: Double-Cleanse Your Skin
If you have the five minutes, cleanse skin thoroughly at night. There’s no easier way to wake up with clearer, brighter skin than to rid it of a day’s worth of dirt, pollution, impurities and more. Start with an oil cleanser on dry skin to remove surface-level dirt, and then follow up with a surfactant-filled foaming cleanser to remove any leftover oil and impurities.

TIP #3: Reach For An Overnight Oil
Consider your overnight oil the luxurious cherry on top of your sleep sundae: Keep a bottle next to your bed, so you can apply it right before you hit the sack. Try Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Not only does it have humectant oils to seal in all the active ingredients you’ve used during your skincare routine, but it also contains aromatherapeutic ingredients to help you snooze, such as evening primrose oil and lavender extract.

TIP #4: Treat Spots With A Face Mask
Use the time you snooze smartly, and get in the benefits of a face mask without having to worry if someone’s going to ring the doorbell while you’ve got green glop on your face. But instead of putting on a face full worth of it, try spot-treating or multi-masking, treating specific concerns with formulas that address them. For example, The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Night Mask is ideal for dotting onto any zits before bed thanks to its detoxifying ingredients.

TIP #5: Apply Tomorrow’s Dry Shampoo Now
The best time to use dry shampoo is before bedtime. An oil-absorbing formula, like Wella Professionals EIMI Dry Me Dry Shampoo, will soak up grime while you’re snoozing. Come morning, you’ll have fresh strands, and only need to do a bit of touch-up styling, if anything at all.

TIP #6: Braid Freshly Washed Strands
For soft, beachy waves in the AM, employ the ultimate low maintenance beauty tactic—braids. Before you snooze, apply a dime-sized amount of soft-hold smoothing serum through wet or damp hair, then divide into sections and braid from root to ends. In the morning, undo and gently comb through with your fingers, then finish with a spritz or two of a texturizing spray.

TIP #7: Give Hands And Feet Some Good TLC
Your hands and feet do so much work, but get so little love. As one of the last steps before bed, slather specific balms and creams onto extremities, such as Forest Essentials Hand & Body Lotion and The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Cooling Foot Rescue.  

TIP #8: Don’t Forget To Care For Your Lips Too!
Give your lips some major TLC before bed and you’ll wake up with a plumper, smoother pout. Start by exfoliating with an unused toothbrush, using gentle strokes to remove any flakes. Follow up with an extra-rich lip balm—Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer is actually brilliant for overnight hydration thanks to moisture-locking humectants—in addition to ensuring any of your liquid lipstick isn’t left on, drying out your pout overnight.

TIP #9: Sleep On Your Back
Stomach-sleepers, we’ve got bad news: it may be time to re-evaluate your snooze. As per some experts, sleeping on your stomach and side lead to fluid build-up around the eyes, leaving you with an unwelcome puffy look (We’ll leave puffiness to marshmallows and fluffy animals, thankyouverymuch!) To avoid the swollen-eye look the next morning, pile on the pillows and sleep on your back – the elevation will help drain the fluids around your eyes. If you can’t control how you snooze (don’t worry, it’s kinda hard, you know?!), try a pillow which cradles the face to keep sleep marks or wrinkles from forming.

TIP #10: Use A Silk Or Satin Pillowcase
Time to indulge your inner princess–for maximum PM beautification, invest in a silk or satin pillowcase. Satin pillowcases can lessen wrinkle-inducing pressure on your skin, while using a silk pillowcase can avoid hair breakage. Sorry, cotton–you’re just not cutting it. SLIP satin pillowcase works, or you can alternatively tie a silk or satin scarf around your strands after pulling up into a loose, high bun atop head, secured with a non-creasing hair tie.