Sleep is essential for the healing and regeneration of our skin, which is why night creams are ‘richer’ and more nourishing than day creams. But, the richest serums in the world aren’t going to keep your skin pretty if you are suffering from lack of sleep. Puffy, bloodshot eyes, dark circles, dry skin, acne flare-ups, irritability and even hair loss are surefire signs you aren’t getting the 7.5 – 8 hours sleep your body needs.
Make the most of your beauty sleep with the following pamper rituals…
• As the weather gets cooler our skin is especially dry so be sure to moisturise not only your face but the rest of your body with a nourishing cream or body oil. Slather your feet in Vaseline or baby oil and pop some socks on for extra soft skin in the morning.
• Swap your cotton pillow-case for a satin one. It helps stop your hair from getting tangled when you toss and turn and as it is gentler on the facial skin.
• All those nights of being curled up in the fetal position with your face squished into the pillow eventually shows up in wrinkles around the eyes. Try sleeping on your back – it is better for your health, better for the effects of gravity on your face and means you won’t be creating folds in your face while you are in the land of nod.
• If your hair is dry and you will be washing it in the morning, try sleeping with a nourishing mask or even household oils (coconut, olive and avocado oils all work beautifully on the hair) gently massaged through the strands. Give the scalp a good massage to help stimulate hair growth and nourish the roots. Oil is a marvelous treatment that can be washed out in the morning and is nourishing on the skin too.
Mr Sandman not paid you a visit in a while? It can feel like there is nothing worse when the alarm goes off in the morning and you have spent the wee hours staring at the ceiling twiddling your thumbs. If sleep deprivation is a problem for you, read on for tips to get back into a good sleeping pattern again.
• Try relaxing exercise such as yoga, pilates or even meditation to slow your thought process and get your breathing deep and regular.
• Avoid caffeine from 2pm as it is a stimulant that can keep you awake… This includes chocolate, tea and coffee.
• Make sure your room temperature is cool. Use a fan if necessary.
• Avoid nicotine as it is also a stimulant.
• Try having a relaxing bath with a couple of drops of lavender essential oil or crystals added to the water.
In the bedroom
• If stress is keeping you awake, keep a notepad and pen beside the bed and make a list of things that are concerning you before you turn out the light.
• Turn your clock so you cannot see it – if you can see it, the chances are you will clock-watch.
• Make sure your room is quiet – if you get disturbed by noises invest in some ear-plugs.
• Keep the bedroom for sleeping and of course sexy time, NO watching TV or working in the bedroom.