Get Gorgeous While You Sleep

Have you ever noticed how your face may look when you wake up in the morning?  It may be puffy in certain areas, oily or wrinkled.   I know personally there are days I can see a change in how I look in the morning depending on what I did before I started counting sheeps.  For example, if I sleep on my side vs. on my back, in the morning the side of my face I slept on is very puffy.

Well the ladies of Cocoa Chicks CritiQues wants you to look fab first thing in the morning.  MSN Lifestyle found a few great things to do to “Get Gorgeous While You Sleep”.  There were a couple of suggestions we didn’t agree with, like taking rooster pills, so we replaced them with our own little secrets! 

Get an Early Start

Make a habit of washing your face a few hours before bed. If you wait until you’re tired, you’re more likely to blow it off—allowing “toxins and dirt to stay on there all night,” says dermatologist Laurie Polis of N.Y.C. Another consequence? You miss the best time to treat your skin. “At night there’s more blood flow to the skin’s surface, and there’s nothing else on your face to interfere with absorption,” Polis says.

 

 

Sleep On Your Back

Lying on your stomach is bad for “beauty sleep.” The average head weighs 7 to 8 pounds—a lot of pressure to be putting on your face every night. In fact, many dermatologists say they can tell what side of the face people sleep on by the number of wrinkles there.

 

 

 

 

Get a LiftSleep with your head elevated on two pillows, or put the headrest area of your bed on 2- to 4-inch pieces of wood. Gravity helps lymph and blood flow so fluid won’t accumulate, Polis says.

 

 

Save Money, Not Wrinkles

At night you don’t need to worry about eye treatments smearing your makeup, so slather on the richest formula you can. Polis swears by Aquaphor: “It conditions lashes and hydrates the delicate eye skin really well.”

 

 

 

 

 

Avoid Carb Face

To wake with defined cheekbones, eat a high-protein, low-sugar dinner (try salmon and asparagus, a natural diuretic). Skip the rice, pasta and potatoes. “When our diet’s high in glycemic carbohydrates, our features take on a soft, doughy appearance,” says Connecticut dermatologist Nicholas Perricone

 

 

Wrap It Up

To minimize A.M. frizz, sleep on a satin pillowcase or put your hair in a silk scarf. “Those fabrics are much softer than cotton, so there’s less friction,” says Harry Josh, a John Frieda stylist.

 

 

Slap On the Moisturizer or Night Cream

Using and applying a night cream should be an intergral part of your skin care routine…esepcially once you reach 30s.  It is proven that the skin’s ability to absorb active ingredients happens the most at night.  Also, skin loses the most essential moisture at night.  The results in the morning are wonderful!

Drink Up!

Can’t say enough about water.  Do you realize how much water our body uses throughout the day?  Most of us do not replenish what we’ve used up so of course our skin is dry!  Plus remember what we said above about what happens at night with our face?  Drink a big glass of water before bedtime ladies.

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