By now, you vaguely understand the importance of “beauty sleep,” but it goes far beyond the old wives’ tale idiom you heard growing up. Sleep is actually nature’s most effective makeover treatment — rebooting your beauty as much as your brain. And to make the most of your coveted beauty sleep, you should implement a few overnight beauty tricks.
Believe it or not, there’s a reason you’re able to beauty while you sleep. During a deep restful slumber, your body can process, renew, and rejuvenate, allowing your skin and hair to better absorb nutrients, and helping your natural beauty-boosting processes kick in. Take the pituitary gland, for instance. In an interview with Prevention, sleep specialist Michael Breus explained that the pituitary gland, “releases more growth hormones at night, stimulating skin-cell regeneration and collagen production.” And according to Fitness magazine, rapid eye movement (REM) sleep triggers melatonin production — a skin-protecting antioxidant hormone — and allows our skin to relax and deeply recover. Not to mention the fact your body’s reparative enzymes peak around 3 a.m — a time you’re probably fast asleep — making it a key window for skin and hair treatments. See, overnight beauty treatments aren’t just a marketing ploy; it’s science!
With these nighttime beauty tricks, the time you spend snoozing can also be super productive. (Good news for Type-A go-getters who have a hard time shutting down at night.) Try these easy bedtime beauty treatments and wake up looking (and feeling) better than ever.