We’ve all heard the term ‘beauty sleep’ before, and, let’s be honest, it sounds amazing — getting better looking while you sleep, what could be better? So we set out to find out exactly how to achieve this elusive state of beauty sleep.
It turns out there are a few changes you can make to your beauty regime to give your skincare products the best chance to work their magic.
Here are 8 tips and tricks to help you get your beauty sleep and overhaul your mind and body at the same time.
1. Give cream longer to work
As soon as you get home it’s time to take off your make-up and put on your night-time moisturiser. ‘Night is when your skin repairs itself,’ explains Dr Tom Mammone of Estée Lauder. ‘So it’s more susceptible to the potent cocktail of anti-ageing ingredients, and the earlier you pop them on, the more time they have to work.’
Try Eucerin Filler Night Peeling & Serum (don’t skip on your sunscreen in the morning when using this) followed by Vichy Idéalia Night Recovery Gel-Balm. When it gets dark, your body slows down and realises it should be resting, so even if you’re working the night shift or going out, load up on your night creams before you head out.
2. Solve problems while you sleep
If you have specific skin problems, then night is the best time to target them, again, making the most of your body’s natural circadian rhythm of healing and rejuvenating.
- Dark Spots? Try Estée Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum.
- Need hydration? Smooth on Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask.
- Blemishes and imperfections? Opt for Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Acne Blemish Control Daily Skin-Clearing Treatment.
3. Try a massage
Stress is a key factor in ruining sleep, and the right body massage ritual before bed can help you catch those Zs. ‘Target your forearms and feet,’ says stress release and massage expert Marc Zollicoffer. Massage them using the Ayurvedic technique — in circular motions at the joints, then back and forth between those two points.
Use a soothing body cream with lavender, such as Oh So Heavenly Beauty Sleep Body Cream, to help you sleep.
4. Don’t forget your hands!
Just as the skin on your face repairs at night, so does the skin on the rest of your body, so keep this Justine Honey Herbal Ageless Hands Night Serum by your bed and massage it in just before lights out.
Don’t forget; hands show ageing quicker than any other part of your body, which means they really deserve dedicated TLC.
5. Better sleep = beauty sleep
There’s no doubt that lavender helps restless sleepers fall asleep and get a better night’s sleep — and sleep will keep your skin looking young and fresh.Get bed-ready and spritz your pillow with Charlotte Rhys Pillow Spray.
At night, when your body is repairing itself, sleep boosts your circulation so your blood is sent right under your skin, which helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
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6. Say no to screens
Most of us suffer from ‘junk sleep’, says sleep expert Dr Chris Idzikowski; the type of sleep that is neither the length nor the quality it should be to feed your brain with the rest it needs to perform properly.
A possible solution? Ban gadgets from your bedroom if you want to catch up your beauty sleep. They keep your mind hyper alert, so try swapping your laptop and cell phone for a good book and a sleep-help candle from SoyLites to help you unwind and slowly switch off.
7. There’s an app for that
Once you’ve performed your nightly skincare regime, slip into bed and turn on the Headspace app, which is free from the iTunes and Google Play stores. It has a great selection of meditation programmes, including one specifically designed to induce sleep by slowing your mind and allowing you to drift off and enjoy some quality peacefulness. Sounds blissful!
8. Get up to get down
Research shows that those of us who exercise 5 to 6 times a week are less likely to take sleeping pills. So, you might not be able to get to the gym every day, but you can use the stairs instead of the lift, or go swimming with the kids instead of just watching them. Plus, the increased endorphins will help stave off winter blues.