Sleeping Beauty: Skincare that Works While You Doze

Sleeping Beauty: Products that Work While You Doze
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 16, 2010

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Full, long glamorous lashes can instantly make you look wide-awake and refreshed, no matter how sleep-deprived you are! Packed with 100% natural plant extracts clinically proven to boost the appearance of lashes, Talika Eyelash Lipocils ($40) is an eyelash conditioning treatment that nourishes, softens and naturally extends lashes. You’ll wake up gorgeous in about 4-8 weeks.

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Had a late night? Prevent dull skin in the morning by replenishing your moisture levels while you’re sleeping. Look for products containing hyaluronic acid, a powerful humectant that holds up to one thousand times its weight in water and helps restore luster to blah skin. Try
Philosophy When Hope is Not Enough Hyaluronic Acid/Peptide Capsules($50 for 60 capsules).

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Sleep deprivation can cause fluid retention, which leads to a puffy face in the morning. To reduce the “morning puff," Dr. Bank recommends soaking a washing cloth with cold milk from the fridge, and applying it over your eyes. “The cold constrict blood vessels, which helps reduce puffiness," says Dr. Banks. "Plus, milk is loaded with anti-inflammatory ingredients like lactic acid.”

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At night, your skin regenerates what it’s lost due to daily stresses, and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery ($42) brilliantly helps it along! Formulated with botanicals and essential oils, this cell-renewing serum helps repair damaged skin while you sleep, resulting in a fresher appearance in the AM.

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It’s true that “black don’t crack,” but over time, your skin loses collagen, which is what keeps it tight, firm and smooth. Overnight is the perfect time to stimulate your skin so it reproduces more collagen. Try Dr. Brandt Collagen Booster Serum ($75) which minimizes the breakdown of collagen, stimulates collagen production, and maximizes collagen formation for younger-looking skin.

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“Scents are a natural sleep agent," says skincare expert Shannon Gallogly. “Calming and soothing the senses easily puts you into a sleep state.” Try dosing off to the sweet smell of Lavender, Chamomile and Mandarin essential oils in ”http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://slimages.macys.com/is/image/MCY/products/2/optimized/513042_fpx.tif%3Fbgc%3D255,255,255%26wid%3D327%26qlt%3D90,0%26layer%3Dcomp%26op_sharpen%3D0%26resMode%3Dbicub%26op_usm%3D0.7,1.0,0.5,0%26fmt%3Djpeg&imgrefurl=http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc%3FID%3D366494%26CategoryID%3D43658&usg=__s0CdqESNX4UbQzPeNQwrBhpPEOM=&h=400&w=327&sz=17&hl=en&start=1&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=TLWcAchIkqSLWM:&tbnh=124&tbnw=101&prev=/images%3Fq%3Ddr.%2Bandrew%2Bweil%2Bfor%2Borigins%2Bnight%2Bhealth%2Bbedtime%2Bface%2Bcream%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26hs%3D6vP%26sa%3DN%26um%3D1" target="blank">Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Night Health Bedtime Face cream ($55).

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“Keeping your skin hydrated overnight will help you get back the shine and moisture that you lose during the day,” says Dr. Bank. Instead of drinking coffee, reach for a bottle of water. “Coffee can actually over stimulate your nervous system when you’re dragging which can lead to headaches and anxiety," adds Banks.

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When shopping for skincare products to work while you crash, make sure you choose ones formulated without parabens and fragrance. According to Dr. Bank, these ingredients can irritate the skin, which can lead to hyperpigmentation. If you are unsure about a product’s ingredient list, Dr. Bank recommends you test it behind your earlobe or forearm first. Try an all natural cream for sensitive skin like Simple Kind to Skin Vital Vitamin Day Cream (around $7, at Duane Reade stores).

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Keep your pucker kissably soft with Sally Hansen Overnight Lip Recovery ($9.99). Vitamins and peptides help rejuvenate peeling by infusing lips with moisture and creating a barrier to combat nighttime water loss.

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While you sleep, Ted Gibson Goodnite Hair Repair Serum ($99) nourishes your hair and scalp with a good-for-you blend of botanical extracts, proteins, and vitamins A, B, and E. The serum immediately absorbs into the scalp, leaving a dry finish that will not transfer onto bedding.