Beauty Sleep = Dream Cream

Overnight Face MasksI don’t care what Beyonce says, I did not wake up like this. Unfortunately, I don’t know her secret, but I do know a secret about how to wake up with happier skin. It comes in the form of overnight facial masks or what I like to call dream cream.

What is an overnight face mask? Overnight face masks, like your everyday masks, are applied to the skin after cleansing, but rather than wearing it during an episode of your latest Netflix binge you wear it while you sleep and wash it off in the morning. Also, I should point out it is best to let it dry for 15-20 minutes before you hit the pillow, otherwise it is going to be enjoyed entirely by your pillow. I found that out the hard way with white bedding.

What makes dream cream so great? While you sleep your skin goes into restoration, the fastest way I can explain this is by saying that your skin works to repair any damage and rejuvenate skin cells. For a much more detailed scientific definition google it – it is actually so cool all the things your skin does while you’re sleeping. Applying an overnight mask creates a protective layer over then skin and further enhances the restoration process by adding hydration, antioxidants and all that other good stuff into the skin. As a result you wake up looking refreshed and your skin will thank you for it.

Another great thing about overnight masks is that they offer a variety of different treatment options – hydrating, brightening, anti-aging… Here are a few to try (captured in the photo above):

Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask, $29, Drugstore

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, $30, Sephora

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, $41, Shoppers Drug Mart

Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask, $108, Sephora

Enjoy your beauty sleep!

Kaitlyn xo

 

 

 

 

 

Oils that can cleanse?

Cleansing oil, two words that when I first heard had me asking a lot of questions. As it turns out, it is just another skincare/beauty trend that us North Americans are behind on yet again. European women have been using these products for years – this statement basically had me sold, I mean, have you seen their skin? (#flawless)

The whole concept behind cleansing oils is that they use good oils to attract bad oils. This makes sense when I think about cooking with oil. Before you mix anything together with oil, it always separates from the other ingredients. The same kind of thing happens when you use a cleansing oil. The good oils within the cleansing oil, attract bad oils in your skin, like sebum, and remove them from your skin without harshly stripping your skin like some cleansers. Without harshly stripping the skin of all the natural oils this helps to keep the skin hydrated and balance the ph level, which can reduce breakouts and overproduction of oil.

Now the next thing I thought, after hearing about cleansing my face with oil was, “I have oily skin, there is no way I’m adding to this slick mess…”. But in reality, adding oil to oil isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Some cleansing oils contain botanical oils which can be antibacterial. These will help reduce the number of break outs caused by bacterial overgrowth. Also, sometimes oily skin can be caused by lack of oils in the skin. Using a cleansing oil can replenish your skin and prevent it from over producing oil. And in case I haven’t hit it home yet – oil attracts oil – using a cleansing oil can remove excess oil from the skin.

If you are interested, here are some cleansing oils to try:

Clinique Cleansing Oil

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil, $35, Sephora

Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cleansing OilBoscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil, $38, Sephora

 

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil, $45, Shoppers Drug Mart
Shiseido Perfect Cleansing OilShiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil, $55, Shoppers Drug Mart

 
Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing OilBobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil, $77, Sephora

 

 

 

Happy cleansing! xo Kaitlyn