Beauty Sleep 101: Products to Help You Snooze Better

New year, new you! If you’ve vowed to get more sleep this year, you aren’t alone—and you probably need all the help that you can get, too. At TheBeautyPlace.com, we believe that improving sleep is one of the best enhancements you can make to your beauty routine. You’ll feel better, your skin will look better, and you’ll be far more motivated to handle everything life throws your way. Here are some tips for getting the beauty sleep of your life—plus a few of our favorite products to help you get there.

First things first: the technology has got to go. While they’re some of our world’s greatest advancements, those tables and smartphones just don’t belong in bed with you. Our suggestion? Pick up an actual book and make a commitment to read a chapter or two each night. It will give you something to anticipate, and it’s much more likely to lull you off into dreamland. Studies show, in fact, that looking at a bright screen for longer than an hour can make you more alert, precisely at a time when you should be ready to wind down for the day.

Soothe your senses by massaging an aromatic moisturizer into your skin. Gently manipulating your skin is an easy way to relax your mind and body, while a soft scent calms your nerves. Try John Masters Organics Blood Orange and Vanilla Body Milk ($16.99)—the light vanilla is warm, while the citrus notes add some radiance to the milky notes.

Your skin does the majority of its work overnight, so if another resolution is to achieve a clearer complexion you may want to invest in a nourishing treatment like Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Sleeping Mask ($40.99). It’s infused with smoothing collagen, brightening vitamin C, and illuminating camu berries, all of which work together to reveal more brilliant skin by morning.

Lighting a candle while you sleep isn’t a good idea, but a NEST Fragrances Reed Diffuser ($41.99) will fill your bedroom with a potent fragrance that will easily relax frayed nerves and soothe your senses. The Vanilla Orchid and Almond scent is a particularly good choice for overnight, when warm nutty notes combine with coconut milk, vanilla, and amber to help you get a great night’s sleep.

Sometimes it’s hard to sleep no matter what you do. In many cases, the best solution is to create a blackout so that your eyes don’t have to deal with any niggling light. The London Bath & Beauty Printed Sleep Mask ($3.99) is a cute and economical solution that slips on easily. It’s made from soft satin and feels perfect against the skin.

The Art of Gorgeous Hands

Winter equates to dry skin for many of us, which means it’s more important than ever to take care of those cracked knuckles before the problem becomes worse. Here’s how to make sure your hands stay gorgeous and soft even in single-digit temps.

First things first…you need to moisturize. It’s fairly easy to get into this habit as temperatures drop because your hands severely suffer if you don’t. Dry air has a tendency to really wreak havoc on the skin, and if left alone your hands will start to feel dehydrated and itchy. They may even start to crack or peel. Avoid that whole scenario by investing in a high-quality product like Avene Cold Cream Concentrated Hand Cream ($10.99), a rich moisturizer that sinks right in without leaving skin greasy or oily. It works continuously even after you wash your hands, and is designed to stand up to even the most brutally cold weather. Now that’s a superstar.

In addition to your hands, you might notice that your fingernails tend to dry out in the cold, too. Lack of moisture in the air aggravates the problem if your nails are already brittle, but even people with normally smooth nails may notice a change if they don’t show them some TLC during winter. Buffing Tweezerman’s Dual Nail Brush ($6.89) over nails helps slough away those dry bits and reveals cleaner, smoother nails. And thanks to the ergonomic handle and oval shape, it’s easy to use and never gets tiresome.

Sometimes rough skin needs a little extra attention. A nourishing body scrub infused with natural sugars is a great way to slough away dead skin and reveal the fresh, new skin underneath. We love John Masters Organics Raspberry and Orange Body Scrub ($16.99), which gently eliminates dry spots while infusing skin with hydrating and healing oils that both brighten the skin (a must when your hands start to look a little dull in the winter) and leave them softer for longer.

After scrubbing, use a gentle hand soap that isn’t loaded with harsh detergents—those are a surefire way to dry out your skin even more. Check out NEST Fragrances Grapefruit Liquid Soap ($20.99), a light and nourishing product that leaves hands soft and smooth. It also infuses delicate hand skin with healing antioxidants that combat the harsh effects of nature’s free radicals, which can contribute to the early signs of aging. The scent is perfectly bright and uplifting for the season, too!

If your hands are in truly dire condition, you’ll need to kick your hand care game up a notch. A pair of Bliss Glamour Gloves ($32.99) works overtime to deliver intensive moisture to your hands. They’re made with grapeseed and ceramide gel, which deliver instant hydration. Although you can wear them for the recommended 20 minutes, you’ll reap greater rewards if you leave them on for longer—maybe while binge watching your favorite TV show or even while taking a nap. They’re perfect for maintaining your skin during the winter.

Countdown to Holiday: 5 Steps to Fabulously Festive Skin

It may be the most wonderful time of the year for your social agenda, but your skin has other ideas. If the season’s low temperatures and brutal winds are wreaking their very special brand of havoc on your skin, you may find yourself wondering if there’s any possible way to restore your complexion in time for all of those events on the calendar. In a word, yes! We’ve rounded up five key products that you need in order to reverse the irritation, protect your skin, and prevent future issues. If you start now, your skin will be ready right on time. Here, our skin-loving picks for the season.

Cleanse Right

If you haven’t yet swapped cleansers for the season, make it a priority to switch from your standard to something more emolliating. Decleor Aroma Cleanse Micellear Oil ($20.99) is a dream for skin that’s disturbed by winter’s chill. Smooth and silky to the touch, it melts on contact and instantly removes even the most stubborn makeup. Watch as it transforms into a milky substance that gently and effectively gets rid of the gunk and leaves skin softer and healthier.

 

Treat Yourself

Just like you savor a steaming mug of cocoa on a chilly evening, your skin begs for a little comfort every now and then, too. GLAMGLOW has the solution with its ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment ($50.99). True to its name, this elegant mask drenches your skin with essential moisture. It’s free of potential irritants, including sulfates and parabens, and is ideal for all types of skin. That’s a huge bonus for those who are typically sensitive. Use it at least twice a week to achieve a brighter visage that’s softer to the touch.

 

Glow Nightly

Your skin does most of its work overnight when you’re resting. That’s good news for the bevy of PM-friendly products that are formulated to rescue upset skin, like Dr. Brandt Glow Overnight Resurfacing Serum ($50.99). It’s infused with a time-release form of retinol that helps increase cell turnover. The end result: brighter, healthier, more luminous skin. Over time, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is diminished, dryness is reduced, and irritation is calmed.

 

Heal Dryness

Ultra-dry skin requires far more than a basic face cream. Karin Herzog’s Vita-A-Kombi Facial Oil ($38.99) is just the answer that most dehydrated skin types need in the face of brisk winds and low temperatures. If your skin has a tendency to feel irritated on top of being simply dry, this oil does a beautiful job of nourishing and gently coercing your complexion back to a healthier state. Apply it at night for best results; you’ll awaken with a calmer face—and hopefully a brighter smile when you catch sight of that glowing complexion.

 

Get Buttery

If you prefer creams to oils, the bareMinerals Butter Drench Restorative Rich Cream ($35.99) is a superb choice that feels decadent to the touch. With a thick, whipped consistency, this pampering moisturizer is infused with shea butter, amino acids, and peptides to both soften skin and reduce those pesky fine lines and wrinkles. Hints of bergamot and eucalyptus add a scent that is lively, yet not so bold that it’s cloying. The end effect is subtly pleasant and destined to treat your skin with the nourishment it so desperately needs in cold weather.

Images courtesy Vogue.com

 

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Treating Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin can be a beast, but it doesn’t have to be impossible to handle. One of the most proactive steps you can take is simply to add products enriched with beneficial ingredients to your daily regimen. Whether your goal is to calm fiery sensitivity or soothe a bit of irritation, this cast of superstar skincare essentials can make a difference.

                                                                       Cleanse Properly

Sensitivity is often a direct result of excessive dryness. Lack of moisture weakens the skin’s barrier and creates an unhealthy environment that leaves skin more susceptible to discomfort. Solving the problem begins with using a cleanser that gently removes impurities, like PCA Skin Dry Skin Relief Bar ($22.99). It works overtime to moisturize troubled skin and is even suitable to use on skin suffering from psoriasis, eczema, or seborrheic dermatitis. Soothing green tea extract, deeply hydrating glycerin, and softening aloe vera leaf juice work with salicylic acid to reduce redness and bring relief to hyper-irritated skin.

                                                                           Hydrate Regularly

A powerful moisturizer that targets the sources of sensitivity is essential to a well-rounded routine. Dr. Brandt Save Our Skin ($29.89) was formulated specifically to reduce the type of extreme irritation so commonly experienced by those with sensitive skin. It’s safe to use on redness or on areas that have recently been treated by peels, lasers, or injectables. Gentle ingredients like sunflower seed oil and lavender oil soften skin on contact.

                 Eyes Matter

Did you know that your eye area can exhibit signs of sensitivity, too? The skin is naturally thin and delicate, which is why wrinkles tend to form here before anywhere else. Keeping it well hydrated is one way to combat those early signs of aging—and minimize discomfort. Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream ($17.99) boosts your skin’s radiance to lend you a more refreshed appearance while infusing the skin with calming chamomile. Bid farewell to puffiness and discomfort on those early mornings!                                                                                                                                     Treat Discomfort 

Just as critical to your skin’s improved health is a treatment formulated specifically for problematic complexions. SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel ($55.99) is supercharged with vitamin B5, which is known for its ability to heal and protect. As the skinabsorbs this water-soluble ingredient, it becomes strengthened and more resilient to dryness, which helps it hang on to moisture and stay softer for longer. A must for anyone whose skin feels rough or looks ruddy, this lightweight emollient treats and hydrates all at once.

Nighttime Advantage

Your skin cells work overtime at night to repair themselves. That’s why it’s so important to get a good night’s sleep—not only does it recharge your body, but it helps restore your complexion and regenerate cells. Skin also responds well to treatments during the night. Preservative-free Decleor Aromessence Rose D’orient Soothing Night Balm ($28.79) melts on contact to instantly soothe skin. Leaving behind a velvety finish, this gentle cream promotes a more relaxed appearance—and that means you may just wake up to the best skin you’ve had in a long time.

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