Do you often have high hopes of waking up and styling your strands or trying that new make-up look, only to linger in bed until the last possible minute? Us too. Let’s face it: sleep sometimes takes priority over a complicated morning routine. But, with a little prep the night before you’ll be able to enjoy 10 (or more!) extra minutes with your pillow come morning…
Apply an Eye Cream
Sometimes it’s hard enough to take your make-up off at night, let alone apply an eye cream, but properly caring for your peepers the night before will go a long way the next morning. You’ll wake up looking bright eyed and bushy tailed when you slather on Caudalie’s Vine[Activ] Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream that works its magic while you’re catching z’s so you’ll look refreshed and well rested – even when you might not be.
Slather on an Overnight Cream
Just as important as the products you put on in the morning are the ones you apply at night, since this is when your skin naturally goes into repair mode. Lumene’s Nordic C [Valo] Overnight Bright Sleeping Cream does its thing while you snooze so you wake up with supple, smooth skin. It takes advantage of your skin’s natural overnight restorative process to reverse the damage from the day by infusing skin with vitamin C , hyaluronic acid, and cloudberry seed extract to hydrate, soothe, and boost radiance. And, trust us, once you see how soft and plump your complexion looks the next morning, you won’t ever go to bed without it again.
Put Your Hair in a Topknot or Braids
Curling strands into perfect beachy waves is something we like to think we’ll have time for in the morning but rarely do. So, we try to prep our hair at night to get a similar effect the next day. We like throwing our hair up into a pineapple – a loose, tall top knot that resembles the shape of a pineapple and sits as close to the crown of your head as possible — before bed. If your strands are slightly damp because you typically wash them at night (another way to save a good chunk of time in the morning), twist them into a single braid or multiple ones. You’ll get natural body, texture, and loose waves when you unravel them in the morning. Plus, it’ll save you all that time curling in front of the mirror. Just smooth some oil on your ends to tame flyaways (this one from Beauty Protector smells just as good as it makes your hair look) once you wake up or add a little texture spray to amp up the volume.
Sleep with a Hair Mask
If you’re someone who absolutely must shower in the morning, maximise your beauty sleep by hitting the sack the night before with your dry hair coated in a rich, nourishing mask. This one from Percy & Reed is specially formulated to repair damage and soften strands before you shampoo. Bonus – there’s no need to wrap your hair in a towel or put one on your pillow as it’s a mess-free formula. Shampoo your hair as usual the next day – no conditioner needed – and see how much easier it is to style. Strands not only feel softer but also look healthier!
Use Dry Shampoo Before Bed
Yes, you read that right: we’re telling you to use dry shampoo before bed. When you’re in between wash days (no judgment), applying dry shampoo prior to catching your z’s will allow the formula more time to absorb oil so that your hair feels even fresher by morning. Try Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo which doesn’t just get rid of grime and oil but also looks after your scalp. It’s the perfect balance of oil-busting strength and skin-soothing natural ingredients, making it ideal for all hair types. In fact, you can spritz some on and then put your hair up into a pineapple (see above) to get even more volume and fullness.
Don’t forget to give some love to everything below your neck—after all, 95% of the skin on your body lives south of your face. In the summer, our hands, legs, and feet are exposed more often, and in the winter, they’re dryer than ever from cold temps. No matter the season, putting on a rich body lotion like this cream from Whish with sweet almond oil is always a good idea. And, so you don’t have to worry about your jeans sticking to your legs afterward, applying it before bed is an ideal time. This way, it has roughly eight hours (on a good night!) to sink in, leaving you with hydrated skin that’s baby soft come morning.