Have you ever been told you look tired, or asked if you didn’t sleep well the night before? Usually the restless night of sleep, late night out, or early morning wake up call is evident on our face.
When we sleep our skin goes into repair mode and when we shorten those hours of rest, we are shortening the time our body gets to rebalance itself. Beauty recipes you can leave on overnight have a better chance of making a difference on tired, dull or over stressed skin and hair.
Here are three simple, all-natural overnight masks to make the most of your beauty sleep.
1. Hydrating Honey Sleep Mask
Have you ever slept in a facial mask? I have and I can tell you that your sheets might need changing in the morning, but it’s well worth the extra load of laundry. Sometimes, I lay down a soft towel on my pillow to avoid getting any sleeping mask on them—granted, it doesn’t always work for me, but I know it works a treat if you don’t wriggle around heaps in your sleep!
Vitamin E is a wonderful way to hydrate our skin. This mask will leave your skin moisturized and glowing when you wake up. All you have to do is rinse the leftover off and do your usual skincare routine—the glow will be immediate!
You can use a little less honey if you’re worried about the consistency while you sleep.
2. Overnight Shea Butter Hand Mask
There’s no reason this buttery heel balm can’t be used for chapped hands too!
Apply a thick layer of lavender and shea butter balm to hands, nails and feet and then put on a pair of socks and cotton gloves. Crawl into bed and let the oils and shea butter work on repairing your dry hands and feet.
If my feet are in need of some serious TLC, I’ll carefully wrap them in saran wrap and pop some socks on. The saran wrap ensures that the moisture penetrates into your skin (not your socks) while your socks keep the saran wrap in place!
3. Coconut Dream Dry Hair Mask
For those of us with dry hair, this almond milk and coconut oil mask is the perfect recipe for an overnight hair treatment. Repeat weekly for soft, shiny hair all winter long.
Depending on the length of your hair you might need to increase or decrease these amounts. Mix together in a bowl and apply to scalp and ends of hair. You can wear a shower cap or cover your pillow with a towel for sleeping. In the morning, rinse with a mild shampoo, no need for conditioner.
- 3-4 tablespoons almond milk
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
If you can, braid your hair after putting the mask on and before using a cap or bonnet. This ensures that your hair (and scalp!) can make the most of this mask while you’re sleeping, so all you have to do in the morning is wash and go for super silky, healthy hair.124