Beauty sleep.  Does it really exist?  The phrase must have come from somewhere, right? But the honest truth is, looking in the mirror after a night of sleep seems to be…well…proof that the phrase is a myth.

Don’t let that morning mirror fool you though.  There are plenty of things you can do to transform the night from a beauty thief into beauty sleep. Here are 8 ways to get prettier in your sleep:

1. Moisturize.  

Dry skin is more susceptible to wrinkling, so staying hydrated is essential for beautiful skin. Make it a habit of drinking H2O throughout the day. However, it is hard to drink during the night, though, isn’t it? So what is the best solution? Using an anti-aging, moisturizer like our oil free Retinol 2.5% Anti Wrinkle Serum or Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Serum that is gentle on the skin, hydrates it through the night, and renews Collagen levels, which helps the skin remain firm.  Fewer wrinkles and moist skin, all while sleeping. 

2. Sleep with a humidifier on.  

While we’re talking about moisture, it seems like the perfect time to talk about sleeping with a humidifier on. For the same reasons above, helping your skin stay moist keeps those wrinkles at bay.  Not to mention, it defends against obnoxious itchy skin. This is particularly helpful in the winter when natural moisture in the air is harder to come by.

3. Sleep on your back.

Imagine squishing one surface onto another 6-8 hours a day for 365 days a year. Think that one surface will be affected by the other? This is exactly what is happening when you plunge your face into the pillow at night. The repeated pressure on the skin leads to wrinkles. So, keep your face from being squished, smashed, nudged, and pushed by your pillow all night - and you'll stop wrinkles before they start.

4. Sleep on an incline.  

Got those puffy morning eyes? By sleeping on a slight incline, fluid is allowed to drain from the face.  This prevents those unwanted bags under the eyes from forming. So use one of those 97 pillows that you use to make the bed look pretty, and stick it under the one you like to sleep on. Goodbye baggy eyes. Nice knowing ya.

5. Change your pillowcase.  

While we’re talking about pillows, it's likely you should go change your pillowcase. No matter how clean you think it is, your pillow case is a trap for oil, bacteria, and the lack which wreaks havoc on the skin. Doesn’t it sound pleasant to bury your face in all that overnight? Might as well sleep on the ground. So be nice to your face. Change that pillowcase.

6. Silk or satin, make it happen.  

Still talking about pillowcases here. Use a silk or satin pillowcase to sleep on each night. The smoothness of those textures is a friendly surface for the skin because it reduces friction as your face rubs up against the pillow at night. Also, it keeps your hair from getting that lovely bird nest look overnight.

7. Take your makeup off.  

This is critical. It's tempting to be lazy before bed and just leave that makeup on, but this is a must! So, make sure you take that makeup off. Leaving it on contributes to all that gunk in your eyes and keeps your pores clogged all night. Give them some breathing room and clean your face before bed each night.

8. Sleep enough.

It is always kind of disappointing when someone tells you that you look tired. When it comes down to it, if your'e not getting enough sleep you're going to look tired. A lack of sleep causes paleness due to the lack of circulation in the skin. It also leads to stress, and stress itself is the root of a number of unwanted problems for your skin including acne, eczema, and psoriasis. So, make sure you get enough sleep at night.

Ok, sleeping beauty.  It’s time to make beauty sleep a reality. It's something you can achieve with a few simple changes in your routine. Take back the night and sleep tight.