These overnight beauty tips will help repair skin and hair arghs as you snooze!
Slim a double chin with a wheat-germ oil rub.
Minerals in wheat-germ oil boost circulation, keeping chin-bloating fluids moving so they don’t accumulate under the chin as the body is at rest. Even better? The oil’s vitamin A encourages collagen production for a firmer jawline — faster.
■ TRY IT! Massage a nickel-size amount of wheat-germ oil, like Piping Rock Wheat Germ Oil (Buy at Piping Rock, $9.59), starting from the bottom of the neck up to the chin (this stimulates lymph flow to further flush fluids); rinse off in the morning.
Smooth chest crepiness with a silicone patch.
A patch holds skin taut to prevent creasing as you sleep. And one made of silicone (it draws water to skin’s surface) “fills in” lines.
■ TRY IT! Wrinkles Schminkles Chest Smoothing Kit (Buy at Wrinkles Schminkles, $29.95 and enter “WW20” for 20% off at checkout)
Volumize thinning hair with a castor oil mask.
Fatty acid–rich castor oil absorbs into strands overnight, plumping them for a more voluminous-looking mane in the a.m.
■ TRY IT! Apply 1 Tbs. of castor oil, like Aura Cacia Organic Castor Oil (Buy at Aura Cacia, $5.49), all over damp hair, then sleep on top of an old towel to prevent stains; rinse with shampoo in the morning.
Heal cracked heels with a coconut oil salve.
Coconut oil’s lauric acid hydrates parched heel skin while its vitamin E repairs cracks. Pairing with lavender oil (its antibacterial properties fend off infection) boosts the skin-repairing benefits. The result? Baby-soft feet come morning.
■ TRY IT! Mix 1 Tbs. of coconut oil and 3 drops of lavender essential oil; apply to heels. Slip on socks; rinse off residue in the morning.
Nix nail breakage with this soak.
The nourishing mix of aloe (it forms a protective layer over cuticles) and jojoba oil (it moisturizes and fortifies nails) will leave nails stronger by sunrise.
■ TRY IT! Mix ½ Tbs. of aloe vera gel and ½ Tbs. of jojoba oil, like Desert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil (Buy at iHerb.com, $7.19). Rub on nails and cuticles; cover with cotton gloves till morning.
The silky sleep secret to younger:
Adding satin to your bedtime routine boosts all the benefits of these overnight beauty tips!
- For youthful eyes: Slip on a satin eye mask. The protein-based material locks moisture into skin to plump crow’s-feet. And unlike porous cotton, it won’t absorb any creams you’ve applied. Try: Riviera White Satin Eye Mask (Buy at Ulta, $12)
- For shiny hair: Cover hair with a satin head scarf. The glossy “wrap” protects strands from the frizz-inducing, breakage-causing friction of a pillowcase so tresses stay sleek and smooth. Try: Cantu Satin Sleep Scarf (Buy at Target, $5.99)
- For a sweat-free snooze: Sleep on satin sheets. The cool-to-the-touch material helps regulate body temperature to thwart mid-sleep hot flashes. Try: Madison Park Essentials Satin Luxurious 6-Piece Sheet Set (Buy at Kohls, $19.99 to $89.99)
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