I Woke Up Like This
Okay, so how many of you are obsessed with Beyonce? I for sure am, and I am for sure a fan of waking up and singing, FLAWLESS – “I woke up like this“.
If you are tired of looking tired every morning and ready to wake up with a glow, I’ll let you in on my beauty sleep secrets. Sleep and water are by far the most important. When you get enough sleep (6-8 hours) not only does your skin thank you, but your entire body will thank you – from your recharged brain to your rebalanced hormones.
1. Stay away from super-salty foods and too much booze before bedtime
By now we all know that when we consume too much alcohol, our bodies become dehydrated and it tries to compensate by collecting natural fluids, even the fluid around the eyes! A similar thing happens with salt, leading to that puffy-eye look.
2. Hydrate before you hibernate
Water should be the last thing you drink at night. Drinking water before bed balances your body’s nutrients, hormones, and muscles on top of that it improves your complexion, boosts your immune system, flushes toxins, and makes you feel better overall. By drinking water before bed, it has time to reach every part of your body, allowing everything internally to relax and rejuvenate completely. Now, with that being said I don’t recommend downing gallons of water before bed as it may lead to disturbed sleep (toilet trips).
3. Wash off all make-up
At night, your body is in repair mode, working to rejuvenate your skin after the day’s wear and tear. Before going to bed I recommend washing off all the built up oil, bacteria, and makeup, to help prevent damaging and aging your skin. After removing your make up, cleansing, exfoliating, and toning, apply a night time serum (under your moisturizer).
3. Skincare you should sleep with
Your skin is repairing the day’s damage at night – and using the right product can help support the healing process to wake up with vibrant-looking skin. After cleansing, exfoliating and toning, you should apply a nighttime eye cream, a nighttime face moisturizer (in the summer I top off the Hydrating B5 Gel with something light and in the winter with something heavier), then I wrap up my rutine with a night time serum to help repair the my skin and to deliver continuous hydration all night.
5. Cold eye mask
The cooling sensation from the mask will not only help to de-puff your eye area but the cold mask targets other areas as well. It can help relieve sinuses during allergy season, helps relieve stress and tension built up around the eye area that cause headaches / migraines, and helps lessen dark circles around the eye.
6. Prevent pillow face
Ironically, sleep can also contribute to wrinkle formation and I am not talking temporary pillow marks. ‘Sleep wrinkles’, are a result of the skin being pushed and pulled against the pillow, damaging collagen over time. Lying face down or even on your side can cause lines to form, so sleep on your back to help prevent wrinkles.
7. Drink Lemon Water when you wake up
As soon as you wake up, drink a glass of lemon water. I usually have mine warm, but depending on how you feel when you wake you you can have it warm or cold. Lemon water promotes the enzyme function in your body that stimulates your liver and flushes out toxins. It also gives you a head start on your hydration intake for the day.