Nighttime Beauty Myths

This content was created by the National Sleep Foundation

There’s no doubt that you look and feel better when you’ve gotten a good night's rest. In fact, it’s even been proven that people look more attractive when they’re not sleep-deprived. Sleep relaxes your muscles, allows your skin to repair itself, and can even help prevent overeating. But there are some bedtime routines that simply don't cut it when it comes to looking your best. Before you waste your time, find out which common tips are totally bogus.

Myth #1: Vaseline is the Perfect Night Cream.

Despite what you may have heard through the grapevine, there’s simply nothing in petroleum jelly than prevents aging. The potent moisturizer may make wrinkles look temporarily less obvious, but to truly thwart wrinkles, you’ll need to slather on a night cream that contains an active ingredient that's proven to fight aging, like retinols/retinoids, peptides, or vitamin C.

Myth #2: You Can Get Your Beauty Sleep on the Weekends.

If only luxurious weekend naps and sleeping in could buy you guilt-free late nights all through the week. Unfortunately, what’s more likely to happen is a game of two steps forward, three steps back as your body struggles to establish a healthy sleep schedule.

Myth #3: Eight Hours is the Magic Number for a Good Night’s Sleep.

It’s true that for many adults, eight hours is a perfect amount to sleep at night. But the truth is that some people need more, and others need less to look—and feel—like a million bucks. For most adults, the perfect amount of sleep is between seven and nine hours a night, but the only way to find out your ideal number is to put it to the test by letting yourself sleep without an alarm clock for about a week until a pattern emerges.