What I want from my skin- and hair-care routine: maximum benefits for the absolute minimum effort. Thanks to some very understanding beauty pros, all the other slackers still stand a chance of looking good. The best part? You don’t even have to be awake for all of these tips.
1. Invest In A Silk Pillowcase.
Silk, unlike cotton, won’t suck up the moisture from your hair and skin. A silk pillowcase can also decrease the number of sleep lines you wake up with. Your skin doesn’t scrunch up on a silk pillowcase, so your face will look more refreshed in the morning.
2. Turn On The Humidifier.
Not only will it keep your sinuses from drying up, turning on a good-quality humidifier (not a diffuser), like a cool-mist Crane, is also good for your skin. Sleeping with a humidifier on will help your moisturizer be more effective.
3. Try An Overnight Face Mask.
Another way to wake up with dewy skin: An overnight mask is perfect for those of us who can’t be bothered with anything that needs to be rinsed off or timed. Put it on before bed and wake up with skin that looks like you spent all day at the spa.
4. Wrap Your Hair In A Microfiber Towel.
No matter what kind of hair you have, you can cut down on drying time (and decrease frizz) by using a microfiber towel, after showering. These kinds of towels dry your hair quickly without as much damage as a regular bath towel.
5. Dryer Sheets To The Rescue.
If your self-care has really hit on hard times, try running a dryer sheet across your hair in lieu of shampoo. “It sounds strange, but it’s actually quite effective for picking up static, dirt, and oil.
6. The Five-Minute Face.
Honestly, you can probably do it in three if you’re really crunched for time. If you’re a makeup person, start with a tinted moisturizer, then dab on concealer with two fingers to wake up those eyes. Add a cream blush, brow gel, and a swipe of mascara. A bold lip for the final touch and you’re ready to go.