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beauty insider: HOW TO WAKE UP PRETTIER

Nikki Yazxhi

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here’s the tricks and tips that will improve your skin, hair, even teeth
– all while you’re sleeping.

During the day your skin is exposed to a multitude of challenges – UV, pollution, smoking and other irritants that affect cellular activity and cause ageing. At night your skin is freed of these damages and the cells devote their time to rebuilding what was damaged during the day. While you’re sleeping several distinct things happen to your skin’s behaviour – blood flow increases, oxygen consumption increases, there’s an increase in metabolic activity and trans-epidermal water loss increases. Basically this means the skin is preparing to repair and recuperate, and is building up a reservoir to get it through the next day. The perfect nighttime product can assist this process and make your skin look even more rested and radiant.
Here are all the overnight tips and tricks, and the latest Olay Overnight Miracle, for you to sleep on…


a glowier face
Smooth on Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence before your night cream to make sure active ingredients absorb deeper, for fresher skin. Our pick:  A beauty bonus: a ‘quickie’ in the morning. Having sex is reportedly linked to clearer, more glowing skin due to improved circulation that helps supply cells and tissues with fresh oxygen, nutrients and hormones.
fewer breakouts
Sleep deprivation can put your skin into oil overdrive, making it more prone to breakouts. Night time is the perfect time to banish a blemish because you have six to eight hours for your treatment to do it’s work without being bombarded with make-up and environmental elements.  Another tip: change your pillowcase at least twice a week as hair products can build up on it and lead to clogged pores.
brighter eyes
When your eyes aren’t shut long enough they get dried out and irritated. While dark circles emerge when fatigue slows down circulation and blood stagnates in the delicate skin around the eyes. Invest in a good eye cream, get plenty of shut-eye and prevent eye puffiness by sleeping on one fluffy or two flat pillows to help drain fluid away from the eye area.
shinier hair
Regular late nights can take their toll on your hair. When you’re tired and energy levels are down, nutrients that should be delivered to your roots are the first to suffer. Without nutrients, strands lose shine and break easily. Before bed massage in a leave-in treatment, wrap hair in a silk scarf and sleep on it. Shampoo and condition in the morning and your hair will feel soft and revitalised. Also invest in satin pillowcase to prevent breakage, promote shine and make your blow-dry last longer.
super-soft hands and feet
Time spent in bed is time that your hands and feet aren’t exposed to the elements and harsh cleansers. Before bed exfoliate hands and feet then massage in an intense hand and foot cream. Slip on a pair of cotton gloves and socks to intensify the moisture factor. P.S. Never attempt to apply polish before bed. No matter how dry you think the polish is, you’ll wake-up with ‘sheet’ nails.
a super-smooth complexion
Hydration plumps up the skin, pretty much like a sponge. Use Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Night Cream to boost your beauty sleep and try to sleep on your back so you’re not squashing your face against your pillow – over time this can cause wrinkles.
whiter teeth
Use a whitening toothpaste before you go to bed to remove surface and embedded stains in your teeth. Then gargle, to give you 12 hour antibacterial protection against plaque and bacteria (which cause ‘morning breath) while you sleep.
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Deep sleep is nature’s Botox. Simply because all the muscles in your face totally relax while you sleep which helps night products do their job even better. Here’s how to get a beauty-full night’s sleep…
* Create a sleep sanctuary: Paint your bedroom a calming colour, like pale pink and keep blinds closed to keep out early-morning light.
* Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed as they can trigger awakenings and fragmented sleep.
* Don’t load up on proteins or fatty foods before bed: They take extra digestion effort which will keep you awake.
* Exercise regularly – but not within four hours of bedtime. Not enough exercising can lead to sleeping difficulties.
* Wear socks to bed: If you have poor circulation this helps regulate your core temperature so you’ll easily fall to sleep.
* Wind down: Spend some time before bed actively thinking about your day and working on your to-do list for tomorrow – that way your mind isn’t racing when you hit the pillow.
* Stick to a regular sleep schedule: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
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1. Eating junk food for dinner. Salty food makes your body hold onto water – especially around the eyes.
2. Too much of a good thing. Piling on too much night cream can cause clogged pores – and possibly breakouts. Think pea-size, not bubblegum dollop.
3. Having one too many cocktails. Not only will you wake up with a hangover, your skin will be dull and dehydrated. If you do indulge, drink a big glass of water before bed.
4. Wearing make-up to bed. If you wear foundation and are acne-prone, it can cause breakouts.
5. Sleeping with your hair in a ponytail. Your natural tossing and turning will cause breakage.


In 2012, Olay initiated its largest ever ongoing clinical research program, and found that while ageing is an inevitable part of life, lifestyle factors such as stress and sleep deprivation further accelerate the skin ageing process. Olay’s Principal Scientist Dr. Akira Matsubara found that the skin barrier weakens significantly after just one night of sleep deprivation, and that over time, a weakened barrier can lead to skin dryness and slowed skin surface cell renewal.


“We’ve known for a long time that sleep or lack thereof can have a profound effect on skin health, but our research at Olay takes this one step further,” says Rosemarie Osbourne, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Global Olay Science. “By identifying the enzymes responsible for skin repair and understanding when they’re most active, Olay is able to target a golden timeframe when skin repair can be
boosted to an optimal level.”
With this golden timeframe in mind, Olay Regenerist’s Overnight Miracle products were formulated to work with the skin’s daily repair rhythm so that it performs at
its youthful peak.

The Overnight Miracle is a regimen for day and night to get stunning, youthful skin in five nights…

For day use:
 Use Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence combined with the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. {With regular use it can make skin look up to 10 years younger.}

For night routine: 
 Team Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence with Olay’s Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Night Cream, which contains 2x advanced anti-ageing actives, penetrate the skin 10-layers deep to provide 1.5x hydration. In just five nights, the skin’s natural repair process is boosted by 60%. The Overnight Miracle’s ingredients work with skin’s repair rhythm to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, increase skin’s elasticity and bolster skin resilience against environmental stressors.
Those amazing results, teamed with the fact that skin is not bombarded by stressors like UV rays and pollution while you sleep, the Overnight Miracle ritual maximises the golden time for skin recovery and renewal, making it nature’s perfect little overnight helper to boost your ‘beauty sleep’.

shopping deets

Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence – $39.99
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream – $48.99
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Night Cream – $48.99
Olay Overnight Miracle products are available at all leading supermarkets and pharmacies –
call 1800 028 280 for stockists or go to www.olay.com.au


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