Good Housekeeping Reports, Published November 06 2011
Savvy Consumer: 6 ways to wake up beautifulEveryone needs their beauty rest. But it’s no small feat to get out of bed in the morning looking and feeling your best.
Let the Good Housekeeping Beauty Team freshen up your nightly skin and hygiene routine so you can start your day feeling fresh and fabulous.
Tired of waking up with unruly locks? Avoid morning bed-head by sleeping on a satin pillowcase.
When hair rubs against satin, there’s less friction than with cotton, which in turn minimizes frizz, says Miko Branch, co-founder of hair-care company Miss Jessie’s.
The benefit: Hair will be smooth in the morning, instead of tangled like a bird’s nest.
After a restless night’s sleep, it is common to wake up with baggy, tired-looking eyes. Perhaps your sleeping position is responsible.
“When you lie flat, fluid can gather around your eyes,” says Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D., a dermatologist in Washington, D.C.
The fix is easy: Use an extra pillow and sleep on your back, so excess fluid can drain. And before bed, apply an eye cream with caffeine, like First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller ($24, Sephora), which helps combat puffiness by constricting blood vessels.
Soften dry skin
Winter conditions can leave skin dry, cracked and flaky in the mornings. Take action by applying hand cream at bedtime.
Don’t forget other dry spots, such as heels, elbows and knees. Slather on a rich moisturizer with lactic acid or urea – double-duty ingredients that hydrate and exfoliate simultaneously – and awaken to smoother, softer skin.
Try: Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy Plus Intensive Repair Lotion ($12, drugstores).
Fill in fine lines
Ready, set, Glow! For skin that’s fresh-from-a-facial dewy, treat your face to a night cream that contains hyaluronic acid.
“It attracts water into the skin, which helps smooth wrinkles so your face will look less lined in the morning,” explains Anne Chpas, M.D., a New York City dermatologist.
GH Beauty Experts recommend CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM ($14, drugstores).
Do some sloughing
Morning or night, exfoliation helps skin be more radiant. Sloughing in the evenings has an extra boon: It boosts the penetration of any treatments you apply afterward, says Dr. Tanzi.
Try: Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir with glycolic acid ($25, drugstores).
If you choose a more intense exfoliant, or discover that your skin is sensitive, you’ll have all night to let the blotchiness subside.
It is possible to work on looking younger overnight.
For bargain anti-aging benefits from neck to toe, use any of these lotions before bedtime: Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Body Serum ($20, Target) with wrinkle-fighting pro-retinol A; Olay Total Effects Body Lotion ($5.50, drugstores) with niacin, the same active ingredient found in Olay’s face products; or St. Ives Naturally Smooth Body Lotion ($5, drugstores).
Its blend of gently exfoliating alpha-hydroxy fruit acids softens rough patches.