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August 15, 2012

10 ways to wake up looking gorgeous.

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We’re sick of venturing downstairs every morning with our pyjamas in a tangle, bed hair, under-eye bags and a pasty face, so we decided to do something about it.

Want to know how to wake up looking glamorous and gorgeous? Here are 10 simple ways:

Don’t sleep on your stomach

If you’re fond of sleeping on your front, the first step to looking beautiful in the AM is to find a new preferred pose for the PM. Sleep lines are caused by sleeping positions that squash your face on one side. Did you know that the average head weighs around eight pounds? Imagine all of that weight on your face – a recipe for crinkled up morning skin.

Satin or silk pillows

If you really can’t sleep in any other position than on your tummy, invest in some satin or silk pillow covers. Not only does this mean that you wake up feeling like a princess every morning, but these super soft materials help your skin and hair to glide along them when you move around in your sleep. Less friction and creases means less frizzy hair and skin crinkles.

Pile up the pillows

If you lie flat during your slumber, fluids can pool around your eyes and make them appear puffy in the morning. By keeping your head elevated during the night, the fluids don’t have chance to gather and you wake up looking bright eyed and beautiful.

Get your glow on

Say goodbye to the pasty morning face and hello to sun-kissed skin. Before your bed time routine, exfoliate your skin, moisturise, apply some false tan and then wait a few hours. Right before bed, wash it off and go to bed fresh as a daisy. You’ll wake up with a sun-kissed glow.

Wear your hair in a bun

We love voluminous hair in the morning, but that doesn’t mean we love it to look like we’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards. The controlled voluminous look is where it’s at! Pile your hair in a high bun on top of your head to add some controlled volume. This way, your hair won’t get in the way while you’re in the land of nod and when you wake up it looks big and sexy. Va-va-voom!

Mineral powders

We don’t recommend wearing makeup to bed, but there are some natural mineral powders out there that can cover up imperfections without clogging your pores. Make sure you get a natural mineral makeup and apply with a clean brush before you go to bed.

Moisturise before bed

Who wants to wake up with dry flaky skin? Not us! Apply a nourishing moisturiser on your face and neck before bed to wake up with plump, revitalised skin. You can apply a moisturiser to your feet too and you’ll feel even more beautiful in your waking hours.

Go to bed at a decent time

The phrase “beauty sleep” is actually grounded in truth. Indeed, those who get their recommended eight hours of sleep per night have smoother, clearer skin. If you are sleep deprived, there’s a good chance you’ll look pale, worn-out, and have bags under your eyes. Go to bed at a decent time so you can fill the recommended quota of eight hours per night.

Wash your face

Sorry girls, panda eyes aren’t the key to waking up looking gorgeous. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that sleeping in your makeup means that you’ll look gorgeous when you wake up. The chances are, no matter how smudge-proof, waterproof or long-lasting that mascara is, it will be a mess by the time you’ve tossed and turned in it all night.  Cleanse away any dirt and oils that are sitting on top of your skin before bed and you’ll wake up feeling clean and beautiful.

Butter up

Slather on some body butter before you drift off into dreamland to wake up feeling smooth and smelling good. Pay particular attention to dry areas such as elbows and knees. For super smooth legs, make sure you’ve gone through your usual hair removal routine before you go to bed so you can be proud to strut around looking gorgeous in the morning.

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