Tired of looking tired EVERY morning? Full-coverage concealer may mask under-eye shadows, but you can’t cheat eight hours of shut-eye by caking on the makeup alone — not to mention your skin can actually age before its time from lack of sleep. It’s the stuff of nightmares. 😱
So, wanna look fresh-faced even if you’ve been working hard all day and playing hard all night? Put a knackered complexion and excess baggage to bed with these sleep-friendly tips for instant happy face:
1. Give your skin a power nap
Few of us have time to properly pamper ourselves, so speed up recovery on a Sunday morning after a big weekend with a high-tech facemask that acts like a power nap for your skin. Estée Lauder’s new Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask (£16) pumps your skin with nature’s own moisture magnet, hyaluronic acid. The “dual-matrix” foil-backing drives the youth-boosting concentrate inside it into the skin, granting instantly visible glowing results that are just asking to be immortalised in a selfie.
2. Think while you drink
Poor sleep leaves your skin vulnerable to dryness and dehydration, so make sure you’re not hitting the sack parched. When you’re out-out, make soda water with fresh lime or coconut water your mixers of choice — it will counteract some of the dehydrating effects of booze. Avoid sugary, caffeinated drinks such as cola, fruit juices and energy drinks, which can unsettle sleep and leave your skin thirsty.
3. Hydrate as you hibernate
Downing pints of water before bed may add to disturbed sleep (all those nighttime toilet trips), but eating your water won’t. Structured water in veggies and nuts release hydration slowly – so swap the salty processed snacks for these. Your skin will thank you for it. Promise.
4. Keep makeup remover by the bed
No matter how tired/tipsy you are, going to bed with your makeup on will only make matters worse the morning after (clogged pores, irritated eyes, leaving makeup residue on your pillow… we could go on). Make it less of a chore by keeping some good-quality face wipes by the bed for a fast, effective cleanse. It’s not ideal to rely on convenience cloths every night in place of a deeper clean, but on late nights they’re skin saviours. 🙏
5. Skincare you should sleep with
Your skin goes to work repairing the day’s damage at night – and using the right product can help support the healing process to achieve vital, vibrant-looking skin. Advanced Night Repair — Estée Lauder’s most advanced serum EVER — maximises renewal, repairing daily damage and delivering continuous hydration in one quick hit. Don’t pass out without it.
6. Prevent pillow face
Ironically, sleep can also contribute to wrinkle formation *sadface*. And we’re not talking temporary pillow marks, but ‘sleep wrinkles’, as they’re known, which are believed to be a result of the skin being pushed and pulled against the pillow, damaging skin-smoothing collagen over time. Future-proof your face by sleeping on your back – lying face down or sideways on your pillow can help cause lines to form.
7. Slip on a silk eye mask
While the main purpose of an eye mask is to block out the light and encourage sleepy time, they can also help your skin stay crease-free by helping to prevent the pillow from being pushed into your face. Skin-loving silk versions can also soothe skin, help to lock in moisture and prevent visible dehydration. Did someone say ‘beauty sleep’?
8. Ditch the distractions
We ALL check our mobiles after lights-off, but try and avoid screens in bed as the luminosity can strain your eyes, escalate ‘phone face’ and stimulate the hormones that keep you awake. #Fail. Remember, the requests, notifications and likes will still be there in the morning. If your thoughts are racing with tomorrow’s to-do list, release them from your mind by putting them on paper. Jotting them in a notebook to deal with in the morning may be old school, but it works.
9. Create the dream environment
Get all zen and blissed out for bedtime with sleepy meditation music (note to self: if you’re playing it via your phone, make sure it’s locked!), a spritz of pillow spray designed to remedy sleeplessness (lavender’s a classic) and some deep belly breathing. This quick combo will help sedate you in no time and even if you manage five hours instead of eight — proper sound sleep will bring on bright eyes and bouncy skin come morning. Winning.