There’s only so much time in the day, and sometimes you struggle to find the right moment to focus on an extensive beauty routine.
But maybe you’ve been overlooking the perfect time all along.
For six to eight hours every night, you’re completely free from responsibility. Sleep is good for your overall health and wellness, sure. But what if you could make it even more effective?
These seven overnight beauty tips are guaranteed to help you put the “beauty” in “beauty sleep.”
You’ll wake up feeling the difference!
1. Sprinkle Powder on Your Sheets
When it’s hot outside, it’s hot inside. Wrapped in your blankets all night, namely during the summer, you end up sweaty and sticky. It’s not cute.
A little powder is all you need to keep your skin baby smooth with minimal effort.
Sprinkle baby powder over your sheets before you climb into bed for the night. As you roll around, your skin will be pampered and stay dry and silky all night long.
If you choose a powder with some scent, you’ll even wake up smelling good.
Grab some lavender-scented baby powder for a nice, calming touch to your nighttime routine. Or, if you like to be a little extra about your skin, opt for something a bit more upscale.
Lush’s Silky Underwear powder prevents chafing by keeping your skin as smooth as silk. It contains small shavings of cocoa butter and smells like jasmine.
It’s hard to wake up feeling anything but fresh after you spend a night rolling around in that.
2. Put on Dry Shampoo at Night
Dry shampoo is one of the most revolutionary things to happen to the world of beauty, but there’s a good chance you’re using it all wrong.
It’s pretty straightforward, but we promise there’s a better way.
No matter what the instructions on the back of your bottle say, five minutes just isn’t enough time for the powder to work its magic. You have to give it the time to absorb all of the grime and oil that’s built up on your roots.
When do you have plenty of time?
When you’re asleep!
The trick is to give your roots a good, long spray with your favorite dry shampoo during your nightly routine. Don’t bother fussing with any white spots or clumps — they’ll be gone by morning.
Sleeping in your dry shampoo gives the product enough time to actually do what it’s supposed to do to your hair.
When you wake up in the morning, brush your hair out and be amazed by your fresh-from-the-shower locks. It’s really that easy!
3. Improve Your Pucker With a Lip Mask
Your lips take a lot of abuse throughout the day. They’re exposed to weather, food, and maybe even your teeth if you’re a frequent lip biter.
Show your kissers some love with a nightly lip mask.
Overnight is the absolute best time to do a lip treatment. While you’re asleep, you don’t have to worry about disrupting the process by eating, drinking, or picking at it in annoyance.
Choose an ultra-hydrating lip balm or a specialized lip mask to wear in bed.
If you want to treat them even more, use a lip scrub before applying it. These coarse scrubs will remove any dead skin from your lips and soften them up for that mask.
Not to mention, lip scrub is one of the easiest beauty products to make yourself!
Giving your lips the attention they deserve will keep them soft, plump, and kissable, with hardly any effort on your part.
4. Tackle Your Zits While You Sleep
When nighttime rolls around, your skin automatically goes into recovery mode. Cells are being repaired to keep you looking your best. That’s why it’s such a wonderful time to treat those annoying zits.
Just make sure you’re doing it the right way.
Wash your face like you normally would to clear off any dirt, oil, or makeup that accumulated throughout the day.
Now, this is the important part:
Put your zit cream on your clean skin before you do anything else.
You can put your moisturizer on after the spot treatment to keep your skin nice and hydrated. If you were to do this the other way around, your moisturizer would create a barrier between your skin and the zit cream. A thin barrier, but a barrier nonetheless, and it won’t be nearly as effective.
Treating your zits overnight is so much easier than doing it in the day time. You won’t be tempted to pick at your face, and you won’t have any unsightly spots of cream sticking out while you’re busy doing your thing.
It’s a win-win!
5. Add Shine to Your Hair With Coconut Oil
If you’ve started noticing your hair is dry and breaking, then we have something for you.
Coconut oil can be used for so much in the beauty world. But did you know you can use it on your hair as well?
In fact, it’s amazing for your hair.
To add some hydration and shine back to your hair, try out a coconut oil hair mask for a night. All you have to do is lather your hair with it from root to tip, or wherever your problem areas are, and leave it in all night long.
Make sure you put on a shower cap or wrap your hair in a towel to keep all that oil off your pillowcases.
Come morning, hop in the shower and rinse the coconut oil out. You may have to use a bit of shampoo if it’s being stubborn.
You’ll be amazed by the luster a bit of coconut oil can add, reviving your hair with that hydration and shine everyone loves.
6. Keep Your Pillowcases Clean
Speaking of clean pillowcases, this is a big one.
While this is less of an overnight beauty tip and more of something you should be doing all the time, it does make a huge difference to your overall beauty sleep.
Just take a moment and think about how much contact the skin on your face makes with your pillowcases while you’re asleep.
Now think about when the last time you washed your pillowcases was.
Washing your pillowcases at least once a week is crucial to any beauty regimen. You have to get rid of all the dead skin, oil, and dirt your skin leaves behind so it’s not reintroduced to your face.
That way, you keep your skin looking fresh and you’re helping to prevent breakouts.
Another small beauty tip:
Get yourself silk pillowcases.
Silk is extremely luxurious to sleep on, and it’s good for your face and hair. Unlike cotton pillowcases, silk ones don’t catch and tug your hair to cause split ends. They also don’t leave those annoying creases on your face when you wake up.
It’s an extra-mile sort of thing, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention it.
7. Run a Humidifier in Your Bedroom
Dry air is one of the worst things that can happen to your skin, especially when you’re sleeping in it for eight hours a night. And it just gets drier and drier in the winter.
Having a humidifier in your bedroom will only benefit your skin.
Hydration is crucial to keeping your skin young and smooth. With all that humidity in the air, it’s difficult to avoid hydration.
It also saves your hair from falling prey to static cling, which can fray and split the strands while you toss and turn.
Just make sure you clean your humidifier once a week at the bare minimum.
You don’t want to know all of the funky things that can grow in there if you don’t take care of it. They’re definitely not good for your skin.
Take some of the stress out of your day by pushing your beauty routine to the night. There is so much you could be doing for yourself while you’re dead asleep that you might not have time for otherwise.
Zits and fine lines never rest.
These seven overnight beauty tips are here to make sure you are without a doubt getting the most out of your beauty sleep.
Dominique Daniels leads the property management team at Cabana on 12th, a luxury apartment community in Phoenix, AZ.