Wake up gorgeous
Rare is the woman who can look at herself moments after waking up in the mirror without wincing. Blotchy skin, puff eyes, dark circles and bed head are just some early morning woes, and no, it’s not a pretty sight. But wait! There’s hope.
1 Get your beauty sleep
It’s called that for a reason. If you’re a party girl, it’s time to slow thing down a bit and make sure you get your recommended eight hours of shuteye. Getting adequate zzzs is the first step to clearer, smoother skin. A sure sign that you’re not getting enough is bags under the eyes and a pale, worn out complexion when you awake.
2 Change the way your sleep
If you sleep on your stomach, this is the time to roll over NOW! Your head weighs about three kilos and with it pressing down on your cheeks, you’re bound to develop wrinkles over time. In fact, many dermatologists can tell which cheek you tend to sleep on because it has more wrinkles. This is the time to join the legion of people who sleep on their backs. Better still add an extra soft pillow under your head so that gravity helps drain blood and lympatic fluids away from your face. Result you wake up minus puffy eyes! Sleeping on your back is next to impossible? Sleep on your side but use a pillow that cradles your body so that your face doesn’t get buried in the pillow.
3 Sleep on satin or silk
Switch to a satin or silk pillowcase and sheets; the slip factor means less friction and fewer wrinkles. Silk or satin are smooth, soft fabrics, best to prevent skin abrasions. Plus they allow air to remain tangle-free.
4 Eat right the night before
The biryani, pav bhaji and pizza may have been too tempting to resist the night before, but excess salt, refined carbohydrates can cause body bloating. If you’re waking up puffy eyed every morning, chances are the reason is carb face caused by poor food choices. To stay svelte in the a.m. start eating whole grains and veggies or low fat protein for dinner and wash it all down with plenty of aqua, preferably two liters per day. If—despite your efforts—you’re still waking up looking bloated try Natrol Water Pill, an all-natural herbal bland to regulate your body’s water balance.
5 Cleanse well the night before
Waking up to a new pimple spouting on your cheek is possibly the worst way to start the day! The only way to avoid this is to wash your face with a face wash best suited to your skin type. Remember to cleanse even if you’re exhausted; oils, makeup, germs and toxins build up on your face through the day, leading to unwanted acne, clogged pores and wrinkles. Take your pick from Lakme Youth Infinity Foaming Facewash, Ponds Pimple Clear White Multi Action Facewash&Scrub, L’Oreal Paris Go 360 Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub and Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash. In the same vein, start using a makeup remover to take off foundation, concealer and kajal before cleansing. Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1 One Step Cleanser, an all-in-one eye makeup and skin makeup remover and toner.
6 Smooth on some moisturizer
Pamper your face nightly. Night time moisturizing helps stave off wrinkles by allowing the skin to heal and repair itself. Try using a Hyaluronic Acid and Retinoic Acid-infused night cream to plump out skin and actively help skin regeneration. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant that draws water into the skin to give a smoother glow.Thalgo Hyaluronic, Kaya Hyaluronic Moisturising Serum and Vichy LiftActiv Retinol Ha Eyes. Carry on the good work through the day too. Use a light moisturizer with SPF to keep skin glowing and soft. Try Vichy LiftActiv Retinol Ha Total Wrinkle Renovating Procedure Care – SPF18 and Olay Regenerist Regenerating Cream SPF15. Don’t ignore your neck and décolletage; these exposed areas also suffer the wears and tears of time.
7 Moisturize your footsies
Who wants to wake up to dry, cracked heels? Get foot ready by going over your heels and callouses with a foot file during your evening shower and slick on a coat of super thick moisturizer. Cover up with cotton socks and wake up to petal soft feet. You might as well also deep condition your hands every night before clambering into bed. The result: no ragged or dangling cuticles, just soft, hydrated hands. I recommends Sally Hansen Healing Foot Cream, Kaya Foot Care Cream, Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream and Faces Ceramic Stone Pedicure File Dual Side.
8 Wake up to gorgeous hair
Nothing’s more off putting than waking up to hair standing on end or lying flat against your scalp. Simple remedy: piling hair on top of your head and loosely tying with a scrunchie will give you major volume in the morning minus kinks and knots. Just shake out and spritz on texturizing spray like Toni&Guy Casual: Sea Salt Texturising Spray. If your hair veers to the dry and brittle, apply a leave in moisturizing conditioner like TIGI Bed Head Color Goddess Leave-In Conditioner at night and simply wash out in the a.m. You hair will look shiny, soft and lustrous.