Everything You Need to Get Your Beauty Sleep Before the Wedding
The weeks and days leading up to your wedding are almost certainly over-booked, over-filled, and over-stressed, but getting your beauty sleep in is still 100% necessary if you want your skin, hair, and overall look to be in top condition for the big day. Getting a good night's sleep also happens to be one of the easiest and most fun ways to beautify. Ensuring you get a proper seven to nine hours a night can make all the difference when it comes to showcasing your best skin and smile, so we rounded up everything you'll need to get your best pre-wedding zzzs.
Diamonds = Your Best Friend
Aside from diamonds being an obvious wedding choice in terms of jewelry, some beauty companies are going as far as making them the theme of their overnight skincare products, and that's pretty exciting if you're the type to stick to a good theme while aiming for the best beauty sleep ever. AHAVA Diamond Glow Nourishing Mud Mask provides vital hydration that instantly revives skin radiance and blurs lines, wrinkles, and pores for a smooth, virtually airbrushed look. The leave-on mineral mud with a diamond-rich formula deep-treats and indulges the complexion with vital nutrients for instant softness.
AHAVA Diamond Glow Nourishing Mud Mask, $344, ahava.com.
Sleep Through Your Deep Conditioning
Sounds counter-intuitive, right? Don't worry, Alterna's Caviar Anti-Aging Overnight Hair Rescue is powerful but lightweight, so it won't wreck your perfect pillowcases. The formula is designed to sleep through and wash out in the morning (or if you're really daring, you can go beyond your beauty sleep and wear it to spin class so your body heat can really seal all the nutrients into your strands). It helps prevent future breakage, so it's perfect on color-treated and tired tresses, too.
Alterna's Caviar Anti-Aging Overnight Hair Rescue, $38, ulta.com.
Clean Linens Count
Just like your mom always said, clean, nice linens really do matter. "When we sleep our body shifts over to a state of rest and repair, when it repairs damage from the day's environmental exposure, builds collagen, and prepares its defenses for the next day," explains Joshua Zeichner, a New York dermatologist. "Also, cortisol levels decrease at night so lack of sleep leads to increased cortisol levels which ultimately can cause premature skin aging and acne breakouts." Start by ordering a few back-up duvet covers, like these by bedface, to keep your clean linen supply stretched far beyond just sheets and pillowcases. Yes, you need to change and wash your duvet every few days, too.
Bedface Duvet Cover, $59, bedface.com.
Apply an Overnight Eye Cream
This little eye cream is a roller ball that is actually designed to be used for overnight use, making beauty sleep easy-peasy (and you can leave it by your nightstand so you don't forget to use it). This eye contour rejuvenating serum helps tackle the visible signs of fatigue such as puffiness and dark circles—all while you dream of how great your wedding cake will taste.
Talika Eye Dream, $55, talika.com.
Your Allergies Could Be Ruining Your Beauty Sleep
Allergies are pretty wicked during the day, but when you spend (hopefully) eight hours a night sleeping right against your worst triggers like dust, dust mites, and other microscopic goodies you can't see, your sleep is disturbed and your overnight beautification simply isn't as effective. Try lining your mattress with an anti-allergen mattress topper, especially if you have adorable pets that love to cuddle up to you at night. SureFit makes one that protects against typical household allergens including pet dander and dust mites, while still being breathable and featuring padded layers. It's good for after you tie the knot as well, obviously.
Is there anything simpler than just shutting off the lights? Hardly, and it may be the most affordable beauty sleep solution out there, too. A good sleep mask can guard you from everything from the blue light of your cell phone to the city lights just beyond your window. Earth Therapeutics makes a Dream Silk Sleep Mask that is soft, effectively blocks light, and has a velvety touch so eyes aren't irritated.
Earth Therapeutics Sleep Mask, $9.99, earththerapeutics.net.
In cool, sleep-on-it news, there's a new and reusable silicone pad meant for women to wear while they sleep to combat fine lines and wrinkles as they sleep. Busty girls and side sleepers in particular are at risk for pesky cleavage wrinkles, but these little heart-shaped silicone pads help smooth, flatten, and avoid future creases all while you sleep.
Wrinkles Schminkles Chest & Décolletage Smoothing Kit, $28, wrinklesschminkles.com.
Even Follicles Love Beauty Sleep
Keune's Moisturizing Overnight Repair restores natural hydration and shine to your precious mane as you sleep. Palmarosa oil hydrates and strengthens hair, repairs split ends, detangles, and leaves the hair silky soft. Ylang-ylang balances, as argan oil provides vitamins A and E to strengthen and moisturize during your beauty sleep. The formula is infused with micro proteins from wheat and moringa seed, which penetrate into the hair to strengthen from the inside out, and depending on your hair texture, you can use a tiny amount on just your ends or load up on nourishment from root to tip. It's aromatherapeutic, color-safe, and free of both parebens and sulfates—just remember to rinse it out in the morning.
Keune So Pure Moisturizing Overnight Repair for Dry Hair, $21, at salons.
Soft Pillowcases Are Everything
"When you sleep, there are important repair and rejuvenation processes occurring," shares Dr. Doris Day, New York City dermatologist and author of Forget the Facelift
. "You also lose more water when you sleep. When you add moisture, antioxidants, retinols, peptides, and growth factors before you hit the pillow, you help your skin help itself in its work of making you more beautiful and keeping you young. It also helps to have a great soft, smooth pillowcase, and if possible don't sleep on your face." Try a firm down pillow like this affordable one by Brooklinen, and matching ultra-soft sateen weave pillowcases to make your beauty sleep both comfortable and hotel-like.
Brooklinen Down Pillow, $69, brooklinen.com.
Before You Head to Bed
Sheet masks are always fun, aren't they? Better yet, they're easy to leave on while you're catching up on reading, watching the news, or pondering the next day's work outfit. Pur Lisse makes a great sheet mask that's quick and easy to use, but leaves skin drenched in moisture and antioxidants right before sleep—exactly when skin goes to work repairing itself.
Pūr~Lisse Blue Lotus + White Tea Treatment Sheet Mask, $8, purlisse.com.