Pillow-squashed skin, puffy circles, disheveled strands…not exactly the makings for an #IWokeUpLikeThis #NoFilter moment. Enter nine products that will help you make the most of your eight hours and wake up looking far better than when you stumbled to bed last night.
WRINKLE PREVENTING PILLOW
UV rays might be responsible for the vast majority of skin aging, but there’s a lesser-known culprit that sneaks in to do damage after the sun goes down: that pillow you squish your face into for eight hours a night. This upgrade keeps the pressure off, minimizing the likelihood of the sleep lines that derms dub compression wrinkles.
Nurse Jamie Beauty Bear Age-Defy Pillow
But before you rest your sleepy head on that pillow, mist it with herbs like lavender and chamomile that will make it a little easier to fall straight to sleep. If that’s not enough to put you under, plug some noise-cancelling headphones into your iPhone, breathe deep, and let this Scot’s accent lull you into a slumber. I promise, the combo works every time.
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
SLEEP SOUNDS MACHINE
Anyone who’s spent even a single night cozied up with a human bandsaw knows nothing will steal your beauty sleep quicker than sleeping with a snorer. If you’re a member of this unfortunate club, I don’t need to tell you that strips and other gadgets do pretty much zero. Your best bet: a sound machine that masks the snortles next to you—at least a little bit.
L’Emouchet Sleep Sound Machine
Even if you don’t wake up with sweat-soaked sheets, you’re still slowly perspiring away water as you sleep, which, of course, leads to dehydration inside and out. A humidifier like this one does a solid job of preventing parched skin, and its streamlined design won’t junk up your nightstand.
Objecto 4H Hybrid Humidifier
LIGHT-BLOCKING EYE MASK
I’ve road-tested pretty much every iteration of the eye mask you can imagine, from squishy memory foam to adorable, cat-lady versions. It wasn’t until I met the NodPod’s mask, however, that I stopped looking for ‘the one.’ The bead-filled pods mold perfectly around your eyes, blocking every ray of light and shifting with you as you move.
NodPod Travel Eye Mask
OVERNIGHT BODY BALM
In 1930, Elizabeth Arden debuted her first-ever branded product—the now iconic 8 Hour Cream, named for its ability to heal scrapes and soothe dry skin within that timeframe. Slather it on dry elbows, heels before bed and you’ll awake convinced they were just a bad dream.
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant
COMPLEXION RECOVERY SERUM
I have no idea what magic dust they add to this stuff, but it doesn’t really matter. All I need to know is that smoothing it on before bed lets me wake up looking less puffy and haggard, no matter how many times I very generously refilled my wineglass at dinner.
Guerlain Midnight Secret Late Night Recovery Treatment
HEALING HAIR TREATMENT
Slotting in a once-weekly date-night with Living Proof’s overnight-protector lets you wake up the next morning with softer, better hair—and its effects last for a full week.
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector
HYDRATING LIP BALM
There’s nothing thick or greasy about EOS’s minty lip balm, yet it somehow manages to be super-hydrating, healing chapped lips by morning. Keep the roly-poly balm in your nightstand for easy access—though if you’re like me you probably won’t need to reapply.
EOS Lip Balm
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