An amazing night sleep for me is usually a good 7 hours (maybe 8), and leaves me feeling energetic and happy the next day. Sometimes I feel like it is a bit excessive, but I recently read a study about women needing more sleep than men… because, it turns out, women are better at using their brains during waking hours. Duh?? Sleep is not only important to looking and feeling great the next day, but also impacts your long term health. Let’s take all of this as an excuse to sleep in this weekend and prioritize our sleep for many healthy years to come. Here is my guide to making the most of your beauty sleep.
Maximize your night time beauty routine: Your skin regenerates at night. As your body temperature falls at night, it relaxes the muscles and your skin recovers. Regardless of how tired you think you are, washing all the makeup off your face, using a good cleanser, and applying a night serum maximizes the regeneration phase so that you look fantastic in the morning. My favorites right now are the pur-lisse age delay skin serum and the Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Gel.
Get comfortable: I’ve been sleeping like a baby with the most comfortable onesie, a gift from my friend Lauren. It keeps me so warm and cozy that I’m basically living in it during the winter months. Mine is from Target, although there is now a only very limited selection. I also love this footless leopard one from Topshop.
Unwind and relax: There are plenty of natural remedies to help you sleep – whether it’s taking a hot shower, or reading a book. You can also try sipping on decaffeinated nighttime tea (like this Yogi bedtime tea) with a bit of honey. The tea helps relax a bit and honey has a sedative effect, getting you to sleep faster. You can also try spraying your pillow with the L’Occitane lavender pillow mist – lavender has a relaxing and restorative effect.
Invest in a satin or silk pillow: Experts say that cotton pillows are actually harsh on the skin and can contribute to wrinkles. Instead, consider investing in a satin or silk pillowcase (like these from Nordstrom). It is much gentler on the skin and hair, leaving your skin and hair healthy and smooth.
Sleep in complete darkness: Your body produces melatonin while you’re asleep and — any sign of light limits your melatonin levels! Melatonin is key to health and happiness, so make sure you’re sleeping in complete darkness! If you get any light in your room, try a cute sleeping mask like this Sleeping Beauty eye mask at Shopbop. And, don’t check your cell phone at night (a terrible habit of mine!)
Do you have any other tips for beauty sleep?