10 Ways to look better in the morning

October 25, 2011 at 12:57 am

This post is going to be short and sweet, but hopefully very helpful!

Here are 10 steps to take so you look and feel better in the morning!

1.Prep your hair before bed 

For those of you who are lazy. :) JK.  This is for those of you who don’t wash your hair on a daily basis. 

If your fine strands tend to look greasy the minute you open your eyes, use a dry shampoo preventively.  Spray roots until hair feels chalky.  The powder will suck up oils as they are produced.  Come morning, you won’t have to degrease or worry about seeing powdery residues.  Then you can style and go!

2. Put down the popcorn

If you want to wake up with a flat tummy, close the kitchen two hours before hitting the sack.  Absolutely craving a late night snack?  Avoid anything salty.  Cut up a grapefruit and grate some fresh ginger over it.  Grapefruit is hydrating and ginger is an anti-inflammatory that has the added benefit of calming skin.

3. Pour some fennel tea

The seeds fight gas, meaning you will awaken less bloated.  The licorice flavor might take some getting used to, but add a splash of lemon to lighten the taste.  I mean, who wants to wake up gassy?! 

4. Give your eyes some caffeine

The stimulant constricts blood vessels so dark circles appear lighter.  Applying caffeine-infused cream at bedtime can reduce water accumulation overnight, leaving eyes less puffy in the a.m.

5. Fake a sunrise

There’s nothing pretty about being rudely awakened by a shrieking alarm clock in the morning.  A simulated sunrise clock awakes you more naturally.  The light increases gradually, signaling your brain to slowly bring you out of sleep, so you wake up more fresh-faced and alert. 

6. Make your own steam room

After washing your face, turn the shower on hot, close the door and let your skin soak up the mist.  Once it feels dewy, apply a product with hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that pulls moisture from the air into your skin.  Then, sleep with a small humidifier by your bed to keep air at the optimum 30 percent humidity level.

7. Cleanse, rinse and repeat

To prevent smudgy raccoon eyes, wash twice in the evening.  First, use a milky cleanser to remove makeup.  To make sure there is nothing left behind, follow with a gel cleanser which eliminates oily residue. 

8. Stick a bandage on it

You may not want to smother a zit with makeup, but hydrocortisone?  Go for it!!  Before bed, slather on the anti-inflammatory cream, then seal it in with a waterproof bandage.  This intensifies the potency, so the next morning the pimple will be smaller and less red.  It’s nearly as effective as getting a steroid injection. 

9. Pamper your ringlets

For all of you ladies, or men, with curly hair!

If you wash your curly hair at the end of the day, coat wet spirals with gel.  Make them crunchy.  They will soften overnight and be the perfect consistency when you wake up.  If you go to bed with dry hair, remember that friction creates frizz.  The fix? Gather your curls into a high ponytail and fasten with a strip of pantyhose, which wont leave any telltale marks. 

10. Skip the booze, bubbles and juice

We all know alcohol is dehydrating, but it can also cause blood vessels to dilate, which leads to flushing and puffiness.  If you indulge, avoid mixing liquor with carbonated beverages or sugary juices that can worsen fluid retention.  And the adage is correct, for every cocktail you down, chug a class of water to help you hydrate.

Now wasn’t that some amazing information to make you more knowledgeable and healthy??  

Thanks to InStyle for the info!