How many of your beauty products are aimed at sleepy time? Maybe not enough. You spend about one-third of your life between the sheets, so isn’t it high time you harnessed those hours to pump up your glow?
Research shows that sleeping well is tied to our overall health, so pay attention… I am sharing my favorite products to help you sleep better and make you even more gorgeous and glowy by the time your alarm chimes in the morning. Here’s my quick guide on how to sleep better…
You have certainly heard the phrase, “beauty sleep in a bottle,” when referring to a plethora of overnight face and hair masks that work their magic as you sleep. This is only scratching the surface. This fall, the beauty world is buzzing with new and technologically advanced products to help you not only look better, but sleep better too.
Sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our mind, body and spirit. Not only is sleep essential for our mental health and wellbeing, but it’s the time when our skin regenerates naturally. In simple terms, better sleep equals better skin. When it comes to skincare, the use of nourishing or texturizing masks while you sleep can help speed along the regenerating process and prep the body to receive vital benefits to reveal a brighter complexion. The best part about these overnight sensations is that they work while you sleep, giving you your best skin ever, come morning.
In addition to skincare, there are pillows, bath oils and salts, hair masks and more, all of which aid in helping you relax and catch those much needed Zs. This list, where science meets nature, certainly gives the phrase “I woke up like this” a whole new meaning. Happy snoozing.
This best-selling cult pillow is designed to support your neck and lumbar muscles, allowing you to sleep more soundly. It’s covered in satin, so it helps your skin retain its natural moisture. Unlike traditional cotton, it helps to minimize the appearance and the creation of deep-set wrinkles (yikes!). Get it while it’s hot, girls!
These salts are favored by Jessica Richards, queen of the culty-cool Brooklyn-based beauty destination, Shen Beauty. This heavenly potion includes therapeutic Himalayan pink mineral salts, powdered amethyst crystals and essential oils of lemongrass, juniper and geranium. It balances pH levels and positive/negative ions, helping the body find equilibrium. In layman’s terms, it’s basically an organic Valium that’s good for you. Add two tablespoons of the salts in the bath, and go to bed immediately after.
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
Here’s another cult hit and global bestseller created by a former Vogue UK editor (so you know it’s gotta be good). This lavender-scented pillow spray relieves stress and tension, and allows you to blissfully fall into a peaceful deep sleep. The therapeutic qualities of French lavender helps to relieve stress and insomnia with soothing chamomile and calming vetivert. Even those who don’t favor the scent of lavender will enjoy this unique experience.
Combining the healing and beautifying properties of a facial with a hint of self-tan, this sleep mask is the best of both worlds. The formula is lightweight, blended with extracts of cucumber and aloe vera to soothe, moisturize and create a healthy glow overnight. The application couldn’t be easier. This mask is ever so slightly tinted to help ensure that you don’t miss any spots, yet clear enough that it won’t get all over your sheets. The result? Radiant, dewy skin, making you look as though you just returned from a tropical getaway.
For hair that needs a little repair, this product works wonders while you sleep. The serum-like formula is based on pure water (it’s the number one ingredient) and contains active ingredients derived from sea algae that rebuild strength and elasticity, leaving strands soft, moisturized, shiny and healthy. You can also use more frequently as a treatment for your ends, which are the part of the hair most consider the real damage area.
The eye area is one of the first to show signs of fatigue, stress and aging. This eye-specific mask targets that delicate area around the eyes that actually loses moisture while we sleep. This new and revolutionary eye mask is powered by palm extract, an ingredient that prevents collagen breakdown, and Spanish lavender extract, which fights muscle contractions to smooth skin and fine lines. Warning: You might become addicted and attempt replacing your regular eye cream for this power-packed miracle tool. Pricey, but worth it. A little goes a long ways.
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Cell Revitalize Night Moisturizer
This heavenly scented, velvety textured cream melts into skin, leaving no greasy residue. It’s a hit amongst beauty editors and insiders. Transform dull, dehydrated skin with this supercharged omega-rich antioxidant botanical cream. The probiotics and peptides are scientifically proven to protect against skin aging, and it’s the perfect jar to bring along with you on vacation to ensure beautiful skin.
This article was originally written for The Chalkboard Magazine.