The lazy girl's guide to beauty
No time for anything but the most simple beauty regime? Never fear, here's how to squeeze in some pampering while you sleep.
Soft as satin:
Get frizz free hair while you dream. Apply a smoothing serum to your hair before bed, then snuggle down onto a satin pillowcase. The satin smoothes off your hair cuticles and leaves you with frizz-free smoothness by morning. Try: ghd Smooth & Finish Serum, $26; Pantene Night Miracle Leave On Serum, $10.25.
Hands and Feet:
If you suffer from dry hands and feet then try this trick. After soaking for hands and feet in warm water (having a shower or bath also does the trick), slather on copious amounts of thick moisturiser. Slip on cotton gloves and socks, and the moisturiser will soak in while you sleep. Rinse the excess product off in the morning for soft skin. Try: Nivea Intensive Nourishing Cream, $10.49; Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, $28; The Body Shop Organic Cotton Moisturising Socks, $16.50.
If you can't keep still long enough to apply a face mask then this is the regime for you. After washing your face at night, apply a thick layer of hydrating mask to your face (you may need to cover your pillow with a towel to protect it) and then head off to dreamland. The next morning just wipe the mask off with a tissue. Try: Dr Hauschka Rejuvinating Mask, $85; Nellie Tier Hydrating Face Mask, $45.
Eye creams with caffeine in them will work away while you snooze to eradicate dark circles and puffiness. Apply it with your ring fingers, gently working it in with small circles round your eye socket. This will stimulate the blood flow and drain away toxins. Try: Kiehl's Eye Alert, $55; Garnier Youthful Radiance Caffeine Eye Roll-On, $12.50.
Got flat lifeless hair? Get it big and bouncy by morning. Apply a volumnising cream to the roots of your hair, and then set your hair in hot rollers. Foam rollers are best as they're comfy to rest your head on. The next day remove the rollers and gently shake your hair out, combing the waves through with your fingers. Try: Kevin Murphy Full Again, $48; Goldwell Stylesign Jelly Boost, $29.95.
Dry hair needs time and love, and often it's time you just don't have. Coat damp hair in a decent dollop of hydrating hair mask. Pile you head on top of your head and wrap in plastic wrap and then a silk scarf to protect your pillow. Rinse out in the morning - you've just had the longest hair treatment time you'll ever get. Try: Redken Smooth Lock Butter Silk, $47.50; Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask, $61.50.
Ripples and waves:
Love soft waves but don't have time for the curling tongs? Borrow a tip from your Grandmother's day and section your hair into three or four parts before plaiting each piece. Undo your braids in the morning to get your hair gorgeous and wavy. And best of all - you avoid the heat damage from your usual curlers!