For busy people, skincare isn’t always a priority, especially in the morning. But did you know you can still feel fabulous when walking out the door in the morning without spending too much time?
Instead of prepping your skin in the morning for the busy day ahead, consider doing an evening skincare routine. Let your skincare products do the work and allow your skin to rejuvenate while you sleep. Here’s how to do it.
Spoil Your Skin Overnight
Nighttime is ideal for trying out those serums and oils that are far too heavy to use during the day. In fact, there are lots of treatments on the market that made just for this purpose!
Is your skin looking dull and dehydrated? Try an overnight sleeping mask. Let your skin soak up all the goodness of your overnight mask and wake up with healthy, glowing skin.
Congested and Acne Prone Skin
Skin that looks congested can benefit from overnight exfoliating acid treatments and retinol, which can sometimes cause you to be too sensitive to the sun to wear during the day. Apply at night and lock them in with a beauty oil, like rosehip or jojoba, to keep your skin happy and hydrated.
If you’re struggling with acne, tackling it with overnight treatments is the perfect way to discreetly solve the problem. Masks with oil-absorbing bentonite clay or pore-refining BHA are great to use before bed. Hydrocolloid acne patches are also popular because you can apply them at night and wake up in the morning with noticeably reduced spots. The patch will draw out any gunk from deep in your pores, making zits appear flatter and lessening the time it takes for each one to heal. Just be aware that products containing benzoyl peroxide can bleach your pillowcases, so those are best to use with old sheet sets.
Wake Up With Luxurious Locks
If your hair is feeling dry and parched, you’re not alone! There are several overnight hair masks out there that you can slather on your locks before bed that will create a moisture bomb for your tresses. But if you want a treatment that’s easier on your wallet, look no further than your own pantry.
Mix up nourishing ingredients like olive oil, avocado, or coconut oil and apply before you go to sleep. Just be sure to protect your pillow by wearing a hair bonnet your scarf around your head first. Rinse and shampoo in the morning, and by the time you blowdry, you’ll be able to see and feel a noticeable difference.
For those who find themselves with hair that’s too oily, the answer lies in dry shampoo. Apply before bed, as letting it work into your roots overnight is the key to getting the most out of this treatment. Then put your hair into a loose ponytail for extra volume when you wake up. If you’re out of dry shampoo, a bit of cornstarch sprinkled in your roots can work as well, just go easy on the amount, especially if you have darker hair.
Hydrate Your Whole Body
Not only is nighttime the perfect time to slather your skin in a rich body cream. It’s also a great time to pay extra attention to those areas that can become rough and dry, like your hands and feet.
These areas tend to respond well to exfoliating lotions, so look for ones with an AHA like lactic acid to help condition and renew the skin. Massage in a generous amount just before bed, then slip on some thick cotton socks and gloves to lock in the moisture. For dry heels, you might have to a few nights for best results. Overnight is also a great time to use hydrating body oils, like coconut oil, on your knees and elbows. Give it a few minutes to sink in before hitting the sheets. This way, you don’t create a mess, but you’ll wake up with softer, smoother skin with minimal effort.
Lengthen and Strengthen Your Lashes
If you’ve always wanted long, flirty lashes but don’t want to fuss with extensions or strip lashes, try your hand at an overnight beauty treatment. You’ll find many lash serums on the market today that you can use during nighttime.
If you’re looking for a lash treatment that you can whip up yourself, try a little castor oil. Thoroughly clean out an old tube of mascara and swipe the oil on before bed with a clean wand. Repeat this process every night, and you’ll start to see results after a few weeks. This tip works well for sparse eyebrows as well, making it a double-duty beauty win.
Pamper Your Pout During the Night
Lips can take a beating during harsh summer days and cold winter nights. To get them back into tip-top shape, exfoliate them with a soft toothbrush or by using a homemade scrub of sugar and coconut oil.
Not only will this get rid of any dry skin, but the oil will give you a quick boost of moisture too. Be sure to seal this in with a rich lip balm or an overnight lip mask, although a thick coat of petroleum jelly can work wonders on its own as well.
Whiten Your Smile While You Sleep
With the rest of you looking so bright and fresh, don’t forget to give your smile some love too! Pick up some overnight whitening trays or strips that you can apply before bedtime. Since you won’t be eating or drinking anything for several hours, you’ll be able to maximize your results with this treatment. Although it may seem a bit strange at first to go to sleep with something in your mouth, you’ll learn to adjust quickly so you can achieve that dazzling smile you’ve always deserved.
There’s no reason you can’t look and feel your best even when you’re busy all day. Just take a few minutes before you turn out the lights to apply these quick beauty treatments, and you’ll look better than ever before the sun comes up.