Sleeping Beauty: 7 Must Have Bedtime Beauty Essentials

Too tired at the end of the day to bother with a bedtime beauty routine? Or do you simply not see the point in pampering yourself before you go to sleep? Well, try spending an extra five minutes applying these 7 must have bedtime beauty essentials before you snooze! We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how fabulous you look in the morning!

We all put a lot of effort in to our morning beauty routines! We clog our pores with foundation and apply scalding hot temperatures to our hair via curling irons and GHD’s, all in an attempt to look presentable! What’s more, we expose ourselves to the elements and all kinds of pollution throughout the day!

So why is it that the products that can repair and reverse this daily damage aren’t considered important enough to apply at bedtime? Granted, our bodies go into repair mode naturally at night and a good 8 hours of sleep does wonders to rejuvenate us, yet the effort we put in before we travel to the land of nod can make all the difference!

Yes, you can give the nightly regeneration process a big boost and significantly intensify the results by using these 7 must have bedtime beauty essentials! Your eyes will be less puffy, your skin will be brighter and your hair will look shinier! Check them out and see for yourself….

#1 Face Serum


Many women have no idea why a serum is necessary. It can seem like just another needless beauty product except it’s really not! Serums are actually jam packed full of vitamins and antioxidants and can penetrate far deeper into the skin than moisturisers ever could! How? They’re made of smaller molecules so they can reach down to all 3 layers of skin and deal with blemishes, wrinkles and pigmentation problems. All of this while you sleep!

You can’t get a much better serum than Estee Lauder’s Night Repair, but it’s pricey! The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil is a less costly alternative and has fabulous reviews.

#2 Night Cream

Let’s bust the myth that day and night creams are the same thing. They are not! A day cream usually contains SPF and is lightweight; it’s designed for makeup to be put on top of it. Night creams, on the other hand, tend to be heavier and more hydrating. They also don’t contain SPF as they are focused on repairing and regenerating, not to mention slowing down the effects of aging!

A good night cream will be rich enough to stay moist all night, so apply a decadently thick cream like Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Intense Night Cream after your serum.

#3 Lip Balm


Exposure to the sun, humid weather and even air-conditioned rooms all wreak havoc on our lips during the day. They become dry and cracked, uncomfortable and oh so unappealing to look at!

So simply do a little repair work by applying a lip balm at bedtime. Not only will it help generate new skin cells and strengthen the lips moisture barrier, but you’ll wake up with supple lips ready for your lipstick application the next morning.

Try a lip balm like Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, it has a rich buttery texture and contains coconut and sunflower oils to soothe and hydrate.

#4 Body Butter

Did you know that body butters form a protective layer over the skin to keep in the moisture? They are also loaded with antioxidants to nourish the skin and even contain omega 3 fats that help to soothe inflammation.

But let’s face it, it’s not practical to slather yourself in thick body butter in the morning since it makes sense to opt for something that is easily absorbed when you’re in a rush! At night time however, there is no reason why you can’t indulge in a bit of body butter. Apply Sanctuary’s Comforting Night Butter – a non-greasy yet super rich Shea butter formula – and let your skin drink it in whilst you sleep!

#5 Hand And Nail Cream


It’s easy to forget our hands and nails while we’re focusing all of our attention on our faces, but let’s not forget they are exposed to the elements daily, too! Apply a hand and nail cream before you go to sleep and wake up with soft, hydrated and protected hands the next morning.

I suggest trying the 5-star Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment. It not only hydrates and minimises signs of ageing, it even strengthens your nails and conditions your cuticles!

#6 Hair Serum

While factors out of our control may affect our lips and skin, we ourselves are particularly brutal on our hair!

With straightening irons, heated rollers and copious amounts of teasing and brushing to cope with, your hair needs some damage repair at night. Undeniably nothing beats an overnight hair serum for its ability to fix split ends and tame frizzy hair. The best part is that you don’t even need to wash it out in the morning!

I highly suggest you give the popular John Frieda Frizz-Ease Overnight Serum a go! It gets a big thumbs up from me.

#7 Pillow Spray


Finally, and just to highlight the added importance of a good night’s sleep in looking your best, I suggest using a pillow spray to aid total relaxation. I know you may be sceptical of this but trust me, it works! Just spritz a little on your pillow and let the heavenly aromas ease you to sleep.

The Body Shop Deep Sleep Dreamy Pillow Mist is particularly relaxing. It has lavender and chamomile extracts and even moisturises while you doze. It doesn’t even fade at night since your movement reactivates the molecules. Amazing!

So, before you hit the hay tonight, smother your face in night cream and slather your body in Shea butter. Give your body the help it needs to properly revitalise and enjoy waking up looking and feeling fresh as a daisy. Sweet dreams!

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Jane Glover

Jane Glover is a 25 year old yummy mummy with a passion for writing and all things beauty related. A literature lover and fuchsia fanatic, Jane is happiest with a novel in one hand and a deliciously pink cocktail in the other.

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