Lack of sufficient sleep affects more than just your mental clarity. It can cause your body to prematurely age and will show on your skin. If you have problems falling asleep or staying asleep, these 8 beauty essentials will help you get some much-needed shut-eye and keep you looking and feeling refreshed in the morning. With enough sleep, you’ll soon notice yourself feeling better, looking refreshed, and ready to tackle that to-do list with ease!
Beauty Sleep: The Weapon Against Aging
Getting enough rest every night is the secret weapon of anti-aging.
When you sleep, your body repairs and regenerates itself while rebalancing hydration.
During the deepest stage of sleep, growth hormones in your body are busy stimulating cell and tissue repair which have been damaged due to environmental factors during your waking hours.
Collagen production also ramps up at night to repair what inflammation has broken down throughout the day. Your body needs enough time in deep sleep so it can restore all the cells that need it.
Without sufficient sleep, your body can no longer heal itself properly. Collagen production slows, inflammation increases, and you’re left with dull skin, fatigue, and mental grogginess.
Sleep Deprivation Wreaks Havoc on Your Skin…And Overall Health
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the recommended amount of time for adults, ages 18-64, to sleep is between 7-9 hours. So if you’re one to stay up all night and rise early, you may not be performing at your very best throughout the day. You may also be accelerating the aging process. Giving yourself a full night of rest will allow your body to get enough time in deep sleep to repair what it needs to for the day ahead.
Not getting enough sleep may impair your growth process and show its damage on your skin.
Think lacklusterness, dark circles, and fine lines which all appear on your skin from lack of sufficient sleep. Nothing a beauty like yourself should have to deal with!
Sleep deprivation causes your body to release more cortisol (stress hormones) which then increases inflammation in your body. Inflammation is one of the biggest culprits of premature aging and will aggravate pre-existing skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and acne.
Insufficient sleep also makes it difficult to handle stress throughout the day, which is another cause of premature aging.
If you want to really give each day your best, make sure you’re getting enough shut-eye!
Women Experience More Sleep Disturbances
According to a Sleep in America poll, The National Sleep Foundation reported that 2/3 of women experience a sleep problem at least a few nights each week, and as many as half of them reported waking up feeling unrefreshed.
And that just ain’t right.
However, with a little adjusting to your nighttime rituals and a little help with these beauty sleep essentials, you can get on track with your sleeping habits and start seeing a difference in both your skin and your overall health.
8 Beauty Items For A Better Night’s Sleep
1. Silk Eye Mask
A key factor in getting enough quality shut-eye is making sure your room is completely dark.
Avoid keeping a TV in your bedroom or any other electronics. The light emitted from your devices isn’t good for bedtime as they mess with your circadian rhythm. The light signals to your body that it’s time to wake up, which isn’t the effect you’re going for when you hit the pillow. Plus, having a TV in your room may tempt you to stay up later than you’re planning to.
A silk eye mask is a great option for any beauty trying to get some rest without the distraction of light. The silk won’t tug at your skin, preventing fine lines and wrinkles from forming while wearing.
If an eye mask isn’t your thing, you could also use blackout curtains to keep light from the sun or lights from cars passing out of your view while you sleep.
2. Pillow Spray
Prep your bed for a better night’s sleep by misting a pillow spray onto your pillow each night. Find one with relaxing scents like this sleep spray infused with lavender, vetiver, and chamomile oils that help you fall asleep faster and feel refreshed in the morning.
You could also keep an essential oil diffuser in your room with blends that help you sleep better.
3. Bath Salts
Taking a warm bath or shower is a great way to help your body prepare for bed. The warm water raises your body temperature, which then drops at bedtime, allowing you to fall asleep easier. A cooler room will enhance this experience. Keep your bedroom temperature set between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit for the best effect.
Bath salts with calming essential oils like lavender and chamomile help relieve tension and anxiety which is exactly what you need to quiet your mind and body before bed. This calming bath soak is great for winding down for the night while moisturizing your skin. Bath bombs and relaxing essential oils are also great options for a bedtime bath.
4. Moisturizing Socks
Your feet have the poorest circulation in your entire body. If you have problems sleeping at night, it could be due to cold feet cooling your body down.
Warm yourself up by sleeping with a pair of socks on.
Want to ensure softer skin in the morning? These aloe-infused moisturizing socks may be worn overnight and keep your feet warm without overheating your body. The insides are made of gel, which allows for better product absorption if you decide to moisturize your feet before wearing.
5. White Noise Machine
Some people have trouble sleeping due to noise disturbing them. Try listening to soothing music before bed or keeping a white noise machine in your room. This will drown out any sounds from other parts of your house or cars passing by.
6. Natural Sleep Aid
If you’re someone who has problems falling asleep or staying asleep, this natural sleep aid, Better Rest by The Calm Company will help you drift off quickly and give you quality sleep through the night. You’ll also wake up feeling renewed.
I’ve been using Better Rest supplements for a few months now and love how I feel when I wake up. It contains a blend of sleepy time herbs and melatonin which makes it better than just a normal melatonin supplement.
Always consult your doctor before taking any new supplements.
7. Anti-Aging Night Cream
Part of getting a better night’s sleep involves following your skincare routine. There’s just something about clean, hydrated skin that gives you a sense of calmness. It helps me de-stress at the end of the day while helping me keep my skin healthy.
I started using Bioelements skincare when I came across their line at Salon Centric. I’ve found that many local spas near me also use it for facials.
Their Sleepwear night cream is good for dry and combination skin.
It’s super hydrating and a bit more emollient than normal creams.
Use about a dime size for your face and neck. Your skin only needs a thin layer for great results!
Even after one night of use, I woke up with my skin feeling completely hydrated. My skin also appeared smoother and had a glow to it.
Get the most out of this night cream by adding it to your daily regimen.
8. Anti-Aging Night-Time Eye Cream
Bioelements Sleepwear Eye Cream is good for all skin types and you’ll start to see results right away.
I use it every night and my eyes never have bags underneath upon waking.
This cream hydrates your skin while smoothing out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but use it sparingly! A little goes a long way. 1/2 a pea size is perfect both eyes.
Too much of a good thing on the delicate skin around your eyes can still cause clogged pores and create milia.
This goes for any eye cream you choose to use.
Apply with your ring fingers to avoid disrupting the delicate tissue around your eyes.
What other beauty sleep essentials are you currently using to get a better night’s sleep? Let me know below!
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