To sleep, perchance to dream of great hair and skin! It doesn't have to be a dream, you know — you can easily upgrade your evening skin and hair rituals to make them more effective. A few extra steps (and a beauty secret or two) could maximise your results.
Discover how to prolong your salon blow-dry, maintain skin clarity, prevent premature ageing, and stop hair breakage, all with the right bedding, evening prep and bedtime hairstyles. It's possible, and we're going to show you how!
Get into bed with sleep accessories
Your bedding has a massive impact on the results you'll get from night routines. Scary but true! That's why we love brands like slip, who have turned 100% pure mulberry silk pillowcases, eye masks, and hairbands into an essential nighttime beauty item.
Slip spent ten years perfecting slipsilk™; a specially commissioned, one-of-a-kind long fibre mulberry silk. It's the highest grade (6A) and optimised for perfect shine, thickness, softness and durability. Better yet, slipsilk™ is anti aging, anti sleep crease, and anti bed head!
You can find a selected edit of slip silk eyemasks, pillowcases, and headbands in our online shop. We think you'll love how slip supports your salon results and at-home care.
Set the mood with scent
Is there anything more indulgent than lighting the wick on a richly scented candle? For soothing bedtime rituals, there can be nothing better. You'll find a sumptuous range of Cire Trudon candles in our online shop — each one is fragranced by renowned perfumers, poured into a handcrafted Tuscan glass, and finished with a golden seal. Light the wick, breathe deeply, and begin your evening ritual!
Bedtime hair rituals
Want to wake up to a good hair day? You'll need the proper evening hair ritual first! Paul recommends starting in the early evening to give your hair treatments a chance to work. Take your time and enjoy the process!
Ritual 1: evening wash and care
Start by applying five pumps of Shu Uemura Essence Absolue to the mid lengths and ends of your dry hair. Take care to work it into the cuticle and then leave it to absorb into the hair fibre.
Next, cleanse with your prescribed Shu Uemura shampoo.
Wrap your wet hair in a towel but don't be tempted to rub it dry. Just allow your towel to soak up the excess water.
Once your hair is 'towel dry' (as dry as it can get after being wrapped in a towel), apply Shu Uemura Overnight Serum and comb through with a wide-toothed comb. Allow it to dry naturally.
Go to bed on a silk pillowcase! They're less absorbent than cotton, so the products hydrate your hair rather than your bedding. You could also loosely tie your hair up — the choice is yours!
- The serum will probably be absorbed into the hair by morning. If this is the case, just style and go! Otherwise, rinse the excess serum from your hair and style as usual. Your hair will feel soft and lustrous!
Ritual 2: preserve your salon blow-dry
Want to preserve your blow-dry overnight? Paul has an evening hair ritual just for you.
Start with a soft silk scrunchie or a silk scarf. Turn your head upside down and gently place the scrunchie or scarf around the hair. This helps with root lift and bounce when you wake up.
Sleep on silk pillows, as above. Lab tests showed that slipsilk™ causes a 43% reduction in friction compared with a cotton pillowcase, so your hair is less likely to be mussed, tugged, or fluffed up while you sleep.
- If your fringe is sticking up in the morning, you can get it back under control by dabbing the roots with a damp cotton wool ball or pad.
Bedtime skin routines
The perfect night skincare routine is the secret to dewy, supple, youthful-looking skin. Unfortunately, you run the risk of diminishing the outcome as soon as you slide into bed.
Get prepped by gently smoothing your hair away from your face and securing it with a Slip™ glam band. Silk hair bands glide over your hair and hold it in place without tugging, tearing, or creasing.
Cleanse your face with your own unique "exfocleanse". Combine a gentle cleanser and an organic exfoliant in the palm of your hand with a few drops of water. We love SkinCeuticals Simply Clean combined with Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant for this. Gently massage your face, covering every inch of skin with your tailored "exfocleanse". Rinse off with cold water and pat dry with a soft towel.
Finish your evening skincare ritual with an overnight skin refining cream like SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Facial Cream. It delivers 10% glycolic acid to increase skin cell turnover, so you wake with a brighter, more radiant complexion.
Use a slip pillowcase rather than a cotton one, so your skincare gets a chance to do its good work while you sleep. Slipsilk™ absorbs far less skincare than a standard cotton pillow, so your products won't go to waste! Because slipsilk™ doesn't tug or pull on your skin, you can avoid unsightly sleep creases and surface-level stress to the delicate skin of your face. It feels heavenly, too!
Silk eye masks can improve the quality of your skin! Not only are you likely to get a better night's sleep in perfect darkness (good sleep = great skin), but these masks come with all the benefits of your slipsilk™ pillowcases too.
Do you have what you need for your new night routine? Head to our online shop and stock up on overnight essentials that'll leave your skin and hair looking more lustrous than ever.
Got PE Loyalty points to spend? Use them to treat yourself or a loved one to the luxury of a Cire Trudon candle or a heavenly slice of slipsilk™.