I made an accidental discovery. It's not as groundbreaking as the leftover moldy bread that lead to the discovery of penicillin, but for the beauty-obsessed, it could be just as significant.
You know in the movies when the camera pans across the couple asleep in bed? Unless they're the comic relief and smothered in a green, goopy mask, they're usually lying there with a perfect glow. "Yeah, right," you scoff, making a mental note of every stitch of makeup they're obviously wearing. You'll employ suspension of disbelief for just about every ridiculous plot point and gravity-defying car chase, but the perfectly styled sleeping beauty never fails to catch a theater full of eye rolls. I guess in the world of movies, wearing makeup in bed is as normal as 555 phone numbers and people never saying goodbye when they hang up.
Sometimes, you just want to be glamourous all day and all night, just like those fictional women in their fictional world. Wearing makeup to bed in real life is not a good option, though, unless you're cool with choking the life out of your skin and getting a crop dusting of acne the likes of which you haven't seen since high school.
With makeup off the table, there are some serious benefits to an Asian skincare nighttime lineup, namely going to bed looking like you're the star of your own movie. No, not the awkward sex-tape kind -- the glamorous, polished Hollywood kind.
If you've already been following a Korean/Asian skincare regimen, you've probably already unlocked the "I don't need foundation" achievement. But on top of that, the beautiful light-reflecting properties of most night creams and emulsions will add a lovely sheen to your skin.
If you are new to the practice and still working toward clear skin, a generous layer of a sleeping-pack type of product will help further diffuse any imperfections while it treats your skin overnight. I personally like Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask, Holika Holika Pig Collagen Jelly Pack, or a healthy layer of Benton Steam Cream mixed with a few fat drops of Tarte Maracuja Oil.
Giving your eyelashes a quick gentle pass through your eyelash curler before you apply an eyelash serum will give you a hint of a mascara-without-the-mascara look, while stimulating growth. Etude House Dr Lash Ampule Long & Volume is a good serum to try if you don't already have a favourite.
Employing effleurage and Korean patting techniques to apply your skincare will temporarily plump up your skin, and the addition of using a massaging face roller to further knead the skin will result in a lovely natural flush that competes with any blush. As masochistic as I am, I'm not brave enough for one of those needle studded ones; I just use a nice massaging roller like this one. But you can get super-fancy and purchase a jade one for close to the same price.
Rounding out your new gorgeous default sleepytime face, the look of clear gloss is replicated with any nighttime lip treatment, or even good old Vaseline. I'm a fan of the Vaseline with cocoa butter. If you want to go the extra mile, give your eyebrows a quick brush with a the tiniest bit of it, which, contrary to popular belief, does not clog your pores; it will, however, groom and condition your brows while you sleep.
Now, if only I could somehow strong-arm the fashion industry into making the wearing of curlers in your hair a huge trend, I'd be set.