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    22 Ways To Improve Your Beauty Routine In Your Sleep

    Now I lay me down to sleep, moisturizer on my feet.

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    1. Maintain the perfect waves you worked so hard on the day before without the usual dent left by an elastic by using cute, tiny clips to gently keep your hair in place mark-free. Don't forget to add some serum to your ends the next morning to polish off the look!

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    Check out even more from The Beauty Department for how to maintain curls overnight!

    What you'll need: four or five mini hair clips ($7.59 on Amazon for a 24-pack) and hair serum ($11.99 on Amazon).

    2. Bathe your lashes and brows in some organic, cold-pressed castor oil before bed to keep them long n' strong! The oil also comes with a dropper, a spoolie, and a brush so you can finally give your lashes the special attention they deserve.


    Not to mention, 3,300 five-star Amazon reviewers say their lashes look thicker, longer, and healthier! Take a look at BuzzFeed's full write-up on the wonders of this castor oil!

    Promising review: "I love this product! I've had noticeable new growth and my lashes seem thicker, too. When I put mascara on, wow, what a difference this castor oil has made! I love my eyelashes now! I use the thin applicator every night, I dip it then sweep across my lid close to the lashes like liner, then I use the mascara-like applicator afterwards. I do this every night after washing my face. I'll never stop using castor oil!" —AnD12

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    3. Escape the perils of dry winter air by putting a humidifier in your room. Overnight, this baby will emit a cool mist to keep your skin hydrated and content while you get your luxurious eight hours. You'll wake up ~glowing~ instead of dried out!


    This runs for 16 hours before running out of ~steam~ and features an automatic shut-off feature just in case you forget to turn it off or sleep for more than 16 hours (which yes, I have done, please leave me alone).

    Promising review: "I've never used a humidifier before so the whole experience is new for me. However, I powered the Ultrasonic Cool Mist on and within an hour I noticed the air felt significantly different in my apartment. I live in the northern U.S., so I'm used to dry, cold winters and the dry noses/skin that accompanies them. However, since using this product every night, I've noticed the cracks are healing and not coming back! Even though the function is excellent, I'm also impressed by how silent the machine is. We put it in our bedroom and I have no problem falling asleep. 10/10 would buy again, and I've recommended it to my family and friends." —Chandler

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    Check out "This $40 Humidifier Will Probably Change How You Sleep Forever" for more info!

    4. Head to your pantry for a little snack and a beauty hack! Apple cider vinegar — yes, vinegar — can help reduce breakouts when used as a toner before bed! And when paired with the cult-favorite Aztec clay mask, this unstoppable duo works together to banish even the biggest of breakouts.


    Mix one part apple cider vinegar with two parts water and apply to the affected area with a washcloth, cotton swab, or cotton round.

    The Aztec Secret clay mask ($9.99 on Amazon) is already a cult-favorite for healing even cystic acne, and is most effective with apple cider vinegar. There's NOTHING worse than having to run to the corner store at 10 p.m. for some damn vinegar right before ~self-care~ time so have that ACV on hand! Check out "This Clay Mask Basically Vacuums Out Your Pores, And BRB I'm Going To Bathe In It" on this amazing mask for more deets!

    Promising review: "I bought this two-pack a year ago. I'd been using it with my Aztec facial mask, and it was fantastic for that. But then I found another great skin use for this on a daily basis. I applied Bragg's to a cotton ball and used it as a toner all over my face after I used my facial wash. It does smell pretty rancid, but the results I'm getting out weigh the slight annoyance of the smell. After just ONE application before bed I woke up the next morning with softer, less oily skin, and noticeably reduced redness on my blemishes. In one week, the active blemishes decreased in size and the pain from them decreased as well. By my second week, the redness on older blemishes that have since healed but were discolored have actually lightened significantly and the active blemishes are now inactive and fading fast. My pores are shrinking as well! I'm thrilled with the results I'm getting. This makes my skin feel so soft and clean. I love this stuff!" —Jennie

    Get apple cider vinegar from Amazon for $11.47.

    Don't forget to see how apple cider vinegar can basically cure your whole life in "15 Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Is The Solution To Your Biggest Problems"!

    5. Apply cure-all Aquaphor healing ointment to cracked feet/hands/literally anything to give yourself a ton of overnight moisture and ~healing~. This works especially well on cracked or calloused feet when covered with soft socks.

    I bought my first bottle of Aquaphor to help heal a tattoo (yeah, I'm cool, whatever) but have ended up using it for EVERYTHING. It's perfect for super dry skin, chapped lips, cracked cuticles, and especially dry heels and feet. Slather this heavenly jelly on those tootsies, cover with some basic socks, and wake up to heels that won't start a fire if they rub together.

    Promising review: "This winter has been particularly brutal on my skin, and I would not have survived without Aquaphor. Whenever I have a cut or dry patch, I put some on for a quick refresh. At night, I've been using it on my feet and cover them with socks so that my feet are less dry in the mornings. A bottle this size usually lasts me an entire year, but after this brutal winter I will be done with this bottle within a few months." —withluckandlove

    Get them from Amazon: Aquaphor for $12.79 and a set of six socks for $10.49.

    6. Combat pesky breakouts OVERNIGHT with pimple patches! Just pop them on before bed and wake up to some satisfying, gross-in-a-good-way, gunk-filled patches, as well as clearer skin.


    Promising review: "If you have issues with acne (especially those nasty whiteheads) but can't afford all the fancy step by step treatments out there, you at least need to buy these. This truly worked in minimizing my pimples, sucking up the wound and keeping big pimples from getting worse. It really does draw up the puss to the patch! I leave one on overnight and just slowly peel off and then wipe away any remaining puss. I even let my mom who was visiting try it on her pimple and she loved them, so I had to order more!" —Megan Meehan

    Get a set of 36 from Amazon for $12.50.

    7. Indulge in Glow Recipe's overnight face mask, formulated with AHA and watermelon extract to sooth irritation and seriously hydrate your skin. Hello, it's watermelon, the hydration is pretty much implied.


    The mask in parabens- and phthalate-free.

    Promising review: "I've never had such immediate results from any other product before. Not only does it smell incredible (like a watermelon Jolly Rancher), I wake up with an even complexion every time. Could not recommend more." —veganbritt

    Get it from Sephora for $45.

    8. Preserve your blowout by quickly touching up strands with a hair dryer and then applying your favorite leave-in conditioner before twisting and securing your style before bed.

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    Check out even more from The Beauty Department on how to keep those curls in check overnight.

    What you'll need: a blowdryer with a concentrator attachment ($19.99 on Amazon) and a leave-in conditioner ($18 on Amazon).

    9. Give in and finally buy one of those Sephora hair masks that have been tempting you for FOREVER. All four specialized formulas come with a cap to keep all that goodness contained through the night.

    You may be wondering, "What are all those different formulas about?" LET ME TELL YOU:

    Aloe Mask: conditions and tames frizz.

    Rose Mask: smoothes and prevents frizzing.

    Acai Mask: protects color and boosts radiance.

    Shea Mask: fortifies and prevents breakage and split ends.

    Dragonfruit Mask: protects and enhances shine.

    Promising review: "I was vacationing in Maui and had the foresight to bring this sucker with me. After three days on a catamaran, my hair was WRECKED, with no hope of a brushing without losing fistfuls of hair. When we got to our hotel, I rinsed my hair and put this in overnight, and my hair was SO soft and wonderful the next day. This stuff saved me!" —shanbone

    Get them from Sephora for $5 each.

    10. Swap out your pillowcase as part of an effort to get bacteria as far away from your face as humanly possible (bacteria = breakouts)! Grab a few extra pillowcases and some detergent formulated for sensitive skin to make the task a lot easier.

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    Learn more about these techniques from BuzzFeed's 7-Day Better Skin Challenge!

    Have a set of bamboo, anti-bacterial pillowcases ($19.99 on Amazon) on hand so you can change them at least once a week! Use some detergent formulated for sensitive skin ($19.98 on Amazon) to get those cases sparking clean.

    11. Slather on some goodies from Burt's Bees hand repair kit and wake up with some seriously moisturized mitts.


    The kit comes with almond milk hand cream, shea butter hand repair cream, lemon butter cuticle cream, and a pair of cotton gloves to keep all of that goodness close when applied before bed.

    Promising review: "I have a baby at home so I am constantly washing my hands, which leads to dry and cracked cuticles. I decided to try Burt's Bees hand repair cream to help with this issue and it has really helped! I love how the set comes with gloves because I can lather up my hands with a very generous amount of hand cream, which smells amazing by the way, and then allow it to soak overnight. The gloves are also not irritating to wear, because they are not thick. I do not notice them during the night. No more cracked cuticles for me!" —Brittany B.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.35.

    12. Create beachy waves with only bobby pins, a nice little snooze, and some finishing hairspray before reuniting with your pillow. Life's a beach, but at least you have great hair and plenty of rest!

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    Head to Song of Style for a full break-down of this overnight technique!

    What you'll need: bobby pins ($1.58 on Amazon) and lightweight hairspray ($12.50 on Amazon).

    13. Switch from regular hair ties to a silky scrunchy while pineappling your locks for the evening. The smooth band dramatically reduces breakage and is also just really cute. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


    Promising review: "I love these! I always sleep with my hair up, and these scrunchies not only keep my hair from creasing, but the satin is better for my hair at night. I use a silk pillowcase at night for the same reason. They’re a great size. I absolutely love these!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $9.69 (available in two color combos).

    14. Try "plopping"! It's a method of drying natural curls that uses only a cotton T-shirt and sweet, sweet time. Add some anti-frizz serum and a wide-tooth comb to the party and you've got perfect curls for dayyyyys.

    Check out our step-by-step instructions in this full tutorial!

    What you'll need: anti-frizz serum ($9.71 on Amazon), a wide-tooth comb ($3.37 on Amazon), and a cotton T-shirt ($9.99 for a three-pack on Amazon).

    15. Dab on some of Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid exfoliant, a multi-function skincare product I personally can't get enough of. It gently exfoliates while tackling breakouts, fine lines, and large pores — truly the stuff ~dreams~ are made of.

    Promising review: "I have every skin issue you can think of. I’ve spent probably thousands on a multitude of different products, trying to find one that would at least make a dent. I’ve had many procedures, many trips to the dermatologist. Nothing I’ve ever used, nothing I’ve ever done, has made such a profound difference in the appearance of my skin. Having rosacea, my face often felt hot, bumpy, and burned. While my complexion is naturally fair and pink, this has seriously covered all my bases in a gentle and effective way. I’ve been trying to turn my skin around for YEARS! This was the product that did it. If I could give it 100 stars I would. It has seriously changed my life!" —hc

    Get it from Amazon for $29.50.

    16. Then slather yourself liberally in the greatest moisturizer around. Belif's aqua bomb is light but effective and leaves thirsty skin feeling healthy as can be in the morning! It's the skin equivalent of drinking a ton of water before bed to avoid a hangover after a night out.


    Aqua bomb is sooooo light, unlike most moisturizers that can leave your skin feeling weirdly heavy. It's formulated with lady's mantle (oooo, sexy), which is antioxidant-rich and makes skin feel healthy, smooth, and supple. It's paraben-, sulfate-, phthalate-, *and* oil-free, making it perfect for all skin types. TL;DR I love this moisturizer and will use it every night until I am a corpse with glowing, radiant skin.

    Promising review: "This is the best moisturizer ever. I have oily, combination skin and use it at night before bed and first thing in the morning. It lasts all day long and leaves my skin feeling soft, supple, and hydrated without the greasy, oily feeling. I highly recommend this to anyone of any skin type." —sweetcynt

    Get it from Sephora for $38.

    17. Achieve true, deep ~beauty sleep~ with the help of an eye mask. More sleep means less stress, aka better skin! Try a mask that's contoured and cushioned for maximum comfort *and* maximum darkness (good sleep is goth now).


    This mask blocks out all excess light, making it easier to fall and stay asleep, even if the pesky city just put a streetlight next to your window, your partner has the TV going all night to catch up with the Kardashians, or you're just really sensitive to light. Its contours lessen contact with your eyes and its sturdy strap keeps it snug even if you toss and turn. Also, it comes with earplugs! Lol!

    Promising review: "Over the years I have tried just about every make and style of sleep mask ever made — including those expensive, high-end memory foam kinds — and this is the best I've found. It's very lightweight and economical with an ergonomic design that accommodate all sleep patterns. I'm a side-sleeper, and this is the only mask I've found that will not slip off. Yet the design still keeps the mask from pressing directly on my eyelids. All in all, it's an excellent product that perfectly balances form and function." —KJK

    Get it from Amazon for $10.90 (available in four colors).

    Check out "Here's The Sleep Mask That's Helping 9,000 People Fall Asleep At Night" to read more about how this mask is helping people catch some SERIOUS zzz's.

    18. Apply an ultra-hydrating Laneige overnight lip mask to prep your pout for another bright and sunshiny day! No need to raise your hand if you're a mouth-breather, but *HELLO* this is especially great for you!

    The mask is paraben- and phthalate-free.

    Promising review: "I have incredibly dry lips due to medication - to the point where I can't sleep through the night without reapplying Aquaphor. I just got this product yesterday and not only slept through the night without my lips drying out, but have noticed I've needed exponentially less lip balm throughout the day today. This stuff really lives up to the hype!" —Trish3176

    Get it from Sephora for $20 (available in three formulas).

    19. Or just get into the habit of applying an A+ lip balm before bed. Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 is formulated with squalane, aloe vera, and vitamin E to ensure your lips are silky smooth by the time you wake.

    The balm is phthalate-, paraben-, cruelty-, and gluten-free.

    Promising review: "Been using this product for over 22 years and it's still the best on the market. I have very sensitive, dry lips, and this is the only lip balm I can use without breaking out with eczema around my lips." —Mwadi

    Get it from Sephora for $9.50.

    20. Luxuriate on a silky pillowcase so you can wake up with shiny tresses that haven't dried out or tangled wildly overnight.


    Silk pillowcases minimize friction caused by traditional pillowcases that can sometimes lead to damage. Read more on the gospel of the silk pillowcase in a "This Silk Pillowcase Will Be Your Super-Powerful Secret Beauty Weapon".

    Promising review: "After moving to and living in the dry climate of Arizona for a short time, I noticed my long hair becoming increasingly brittle, breaking, and forming split ends. It was tangling very easily and felt rough to touch. I tried various hair products and I was getting it trimmed more frequently, but nothing helped. Looking for another solution, I started shopping for silk pillow cases after hearing they could improve hair condition by minimizing friction. After reading countless product descriptions and reviews, I settled on this Alaska Bear product. When the package arrived, I hand washed it, allowed it to dry, and used it that same night. When I woke up in the morning, my hair had completely changed back to its former soft, smooth texture. It's easy to run my hands through and doesn't tangle like it used to. After two more weeks of use and another hand wash, I'm a believer. I just bought several more to give as Christmas gifts. Amazing product." —Desert Phoenix

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in four sizes and 30 colors).

    21. Treat yo' self to a Beautycounter overnight resurfacing peel. When applied before bed and followed with a brightening moisturizer, this peel gently removes the dull surface layer of skin so you wake up to a brand spankin' new face (not really, but you know what I mean)!

    LISTEN UP! I was afraid of this product at first. The word "peel" scared me, and I couldn't stop thinking about that episode of Sex and The City where Samantha gets a peel and it went v wrong. DO NOT BE AFRAID! I ~love~ this product and it has completely changed my skin. It's formulated with 15 botanically-derived acids, including lycolic, lactic, and malic acids to clear away dead surface cells and reveal the gorgeous, baby-soft layer of skin beneath. The first time I used this, I could SEE THE DEAD SKIN that had been removed from my face! It's an effective, splurge-worthy product that gives you the look and feel of a peel without any weird stinging or Samantha-esque redness.

    Get it from Beautycounter for $63 and a brightening moisturizer to accompany it from Amazon for $12.98.

    22. Don't forget those peepers! Using retinol cream supports collagen production, which can make you look more awake and your skin look lively and healthy! Apply before bed to avoid the "you look tired" comment from a coworker. Sidebar: any coworker who says "you look tired" should be fired immediately.

    This cream is formulated with retinol, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and green tea: basically the Avengers of great skincare. Learn more about why people love this cream in "This Moisturizer Has Seriously Improved Thousands Of People's Skin"!

    Promising review: "I love this product! I use it morning and night and after only a week, and my skin has shown improvement in fine lines, texture, and overall color. I especially like the unique pump-top delivery system. This pump-top action allows me to use a small amount of product with each pump and not 'contaminate' the entire jar each time. It also keeps me from wasting valuable product. I am taking a jar to my daughter-in-law in Australia, and I am excited to see how she likes it." —Katie Shanahan

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.


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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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