We know Beyonce doesn’t just ‘wake up like this’ but there are definitely a couple of adjustments you can make that will have you feeling and looking healthier before you’ve even left the comfortable nest of your bed every morning.
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration
Everybody always says it but that doesn’t make it any less true! Hydration from the inside out is key to glowing, clear and vibrant skin. Remember you need at least 2L a day, with some experts even recommending 3L for optimal levels. Water is how the body detoxes and flushes out any nasties, as well as rehydrating cells that are affected by heat or too much sodium/sugar, among many other things.
For topical hydration i.e moisturiser, go for hyaluronic acid containing products; this miracle ingredient basically helps your skin absorb and retain more moisture which allows for plumpness and fewer fine lines. I personally love the La Roche Posay Hydraphase range! Their 24-hour intense daily rehydration cream with SPF 20 is my go-to morning moisturiser, and I definitely feel like it has made a difference in my skin.
You Are What You Eat
Another common-sense reminder: what you put in to your body before you go to sleep plays a huge role in how you’re going to feel (and ultimately, look) when you wake up. A dinner with high amounts of veggies and low amounts of saturated fats is a good way to go, so yep that means McDonalds is kind of off the table (in case it isn’t already). Oily foods high in sugar and/or salt increase your chances of breaking out, not to mention they’re hard for your body to digest and could lead to poorer sleep quality which is also unwanted. Always see your GP before making any drastic changes to your diet, of course.
Special Sleepwear and Sheets
You didn’t think we’d forget about this one, did you? Having something beautiful and comfortable to sleep in or put on in the morning is guaranteed to have you feeling at least 50% lovelier. Its truly an important self-love investment, and it doesn’t need to be fancy just something you personally love wearing. On this note, strategic fabric choice is something to consider, as it will affect how your skin can breathe throughout the night. You don’t want to be wearing (or sleeping on) a material that your skin reacts to or gets blocked by as this can lead to irritation which causes redness, dryness and/or itchiness. Everything you don’t want to be feeling when you wake up.
Silk pillowcases are also a nifty little swap if you have issues with ‘bedhead’ i.e frizzy-ness and/or split ends. Hair doesn’t get ‘stuck’ on silk like it does other fabrics, which means less friction while you sleep. Keep an eye on your emails or sign up for our newsletter to receive emails, because (hint hint) there might be something new and silky coming soon .
Ice, Ice, Baby
If you haven’t seen the Queer Eye reboot on Netflix (um what have you been doing!?) then you may not have seen the super cool, pun intended, gel eye mask that lives in your freezer and can massively improve puffiness and inflammation, as well as invigorating your skin. As seen on Season 1 of the show, strapping this frozen tool onto your face is huge relief for those who suffer from itchy, swollen eyes or migraines, and it can also be warmed up to relive dry eyes and sinus tension. Sounds like this little hack could be the queen of DIY treatments … I’m searching one up on Etsy as we speak.
If you want a little taste of this ice magic, put a tablespoon in your freezer tonight and when you wake up in the morning place the back of it over and around each eye for 5 minutes, you’ll feel much more bright-eyed!
Braids, Buns and Beyond
It’s something very simple and easy, but it could make a pretty big difference! Tying your hair up or braiding it away from your face not only stops knots from forming overnight, which will lead to rough brushing in the morning, but could also minimise breakouts. When your hair comes into contact with the skin on your face it transfers extra oil and, potentially, dirt and products which can then clog your pores. This is also why keeping your pillowcases fresh by washing them every week is super important! Old oil and dead skin cells build up and then you lay your face on that for 8 hours every day … not a nice thing to visualise, I know.
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