How Beauty Editors Sleep to Ensure They Wake Up Gorgeous
Beauty editors spend all day researching the latest innovations in self-care, attending events about the newest products, and interviewing industry experts. Along the way, they learn the best tips and tricks to wake up with a glowing complexion, baby-soft skin, and gorgeous hair.
When I got initiated into the beauty writer world, the term "beauty sleep" took on a whole new meaning. I used to simply shower, put on some lotion, and hop into bed. While average-consumer-me may have occasionally applied a clay mask, editor-me assesses her skin nightly and applies the appropriate serums, masks, and lotions. Although I had always been one to self-pamper, working in editorial introduced me to a plethora of new ways to take care of myself while catching up on some zzz's.
With my newfound access to the latest and greatest, my routine transformed into a well-oiled beauty machine. If you'd like to find out how to snooze beauty-editor-style, keep reading.
Make sure you sleep in total darkness
To get a restful night of sleep, you need to make sure your room is as dark as possible. If your curtains aren't cutting it or you wake up at dawn with the sun, invest in a sleeping mask.
Shop it: POP-Zone 100% Pure Natural Silk Sleep Mask & Blindfold ($11)
Use silk pillowcases
Silk pillowcases are gentler on your skin and hair than regular pillowcases and prevent premature aging and hair breakage. The silk allows your hair and skin to slip over the surface and prevents those face creases you sometimes wake up with.
Shop it: Slip Silk Pillowcase ($79)
If you have trouble unwinding after a busy day, a scented pillow spray could help. Spritzing the scent of lavender on your bedding will relax your mind and make it easier to drift off to sleep.
Shop it: This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray ($29)
Keep your bedroom hydrated and calming
An oil diffuser is an amazing addition to your sleep schedule. Many come with soothing music, so you can relax while filling your room with hydrating vapor (so your skin doesn't dry out) and pleasant-smelling oils.
Shop it:Artnaturals Bluetooth Oil Diffuser ($30)
Never go to bed without removing your makeup
No matter how exhausted you are, never go to bed with makeup on. It's not worth the blemishes that will pop up overnight. If you are really too tired to fully wash your face one night, have a pack of makeup remover wipes handy by your bedside.
Shop it: Pacifica Coco Pure Makeup Removing Wipes ($7)
Use skin-loving treats while you sleep
The key to waking up with gorgeous skin is to nourish your complexion while you slumber. The evening is the perfect time to slather your face in serums, oils, and treatments. Try a chemical exfoliant like glycolic acid for a gentle way to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion by morning.
Shop it: Drunk Elephant Nightbright ($28)
Apply a sheet mask
After you wash your face, examine it in the mirror. If you notice your skin is a little dry or dull, a sheet mask is an effective way to nourish your skin. Simply take the product-soaked cotton or paper mask out of the package, apply it to skin, and leave on for the instructed amount of time.
Shop it: Boscia Tsubak Oil Deep Hydration Hydrogel Mask ($8)
Slather on the foot cream
It's important to keep your feet moisturized, but many foot creams are sticky and impractical for day wear. Before bed, coat your heels in a thick lotion and put on socks to lock in the moisture. By morning, your skin will have absorbed all of the product and you'll have sandal-ready feet.
Shop it: Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme ($9)
Wake up with soft hair
Apply softening and smoothing hair products before you fall asleep so that they will fully absorb by morning. Then wake up to silky-soft hair.