Ahhh, sleep. Elusive, wonderful and much-needed. Between the daily stresses of life, fitting in exercise, social plans and a neverending parade of chores, clocking enough beauty sleep tends to take backseat! The effect on our skin? Well, it’s not great. While we might be familiar with the negative effects of sleep deprivation from an inner health perspective, the concept of “beauty sleep” isn’t entirely unfounded:
The body repairs itself and recovers during sleep, and this includes making new collagen – the good stuff that’s responsible for plumped, youthful skin – and who doesn’t want that? Getting enough sleep comes with loads of benefits for the skin, including:
If you’re one of the many people that are struggling with getting enough beauty sleep – fear not – there are a few things you can do that both de-stress the mind AND prep the skin for a good night of rest and rejuvenation. Curious? Read on to see our six fave prods for the ultimate beauty sleep!
A powerful blend of calming lavender oil, hydrating monoi oil and purifying rose oil, this antioxidant-rich body balm soothes dry and inflamed skin to prep it for a night of revitalisation. It boasts a lusciously heady French Lavender scent to relieve physical tension and relax the mind.
Magensium has long been known to improve sleep, enhance muscle recovery and relieve insomina. Easily and quickly absorbed by the skin, the sheer act of the gentle spray and rub is a great little ritual to prep the mind and body for bed.
Not only do they look luxurious and feel very old Hollywood, but silk pillowcases are a godsend for your hair and skin! While cotton scratches and tugs on the skin, removing moisture from the face, these sleeping beauties minimise “sleep creases” on our delicate faces by allowing the skin to glide and maintain moisture. It’s also very gentle on the hair and won’t twist it from the root or dry it out overnight. Double win!
This easy-to-use eye mask is great for calming the delicate eye area at the end of a long day. With our eyes glued to screens all day, tension builds up around the eyes and can make it very difficult to truly relax and fall asleep. Just pop this gel mask in the fridge an hour before use, then lie back and place it on the eyes for a seriously soothing effect. Bonus: You have to take your eyes off of your phone to use it, which is great for the unwinding process!
This. Stuff. Is. Amazing. Personally tried and tested – pretty much every night – this tisane is a pure cup of sleep. The ultimate elixir to unwind at night, it consists of pure dried lavender buds – and nothing else. Brew for 3-5 minutes and consciously take in the scent before every sip. Enjoy it with a good book (no phones!) and I promise you will fall asleep before the end of the cup!
Made for your bod AND your bed, this dreamy quick-drying spray is formulated with jujube date, community trade camomile and lavender essential oil. It has a sharp but soothing scent (I like to think of it as cutting through the pre-sleep mental chatter!) and if you spray it on your pillow, it will release little bursts of fragrance throughout the night.
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