When it comes to your beauty routine, sleep may be the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth, so with the help of our experts we bring you the “Top to Toe” guide to sleeping soundly and waking up beautiful.
Organise your mind
Hectic and busy lifestyles can often make it impossible to switch off, when we’re worrying about all the jobs we need to do the next day. “At least an hour before bed, put together a ‘to do’ list. This can prevent worries or mulling over tasks for the next day whilst trying to sleep,” advises Lily Soutter, Nutritionist and weight loss expert at www.lilysoutternutrition.com.
Switch off for your eyes
Most of us are guilty of scrolling through our social media feeds or emails before bed. While we think this can be a relaxing habit before we drift off, it does in fact have the opposite effect, due to the harmful blue light being emitted from electrical devices. “Blocking blue light before bed can transform sleep. Blue light from laptops, phones, ipads and TV’s can trick our brain into thinking that it’s daytime. This can disrupt the brain’s natural sleep-wake cycle leading to a poor night’s sleep.
Regenerate your skin
It is a well-known fact that skin repairs itself while we’re sleeping. Make sure you’ve got your pre-bedtime beauty right by applying What Skin Needs’ new Hydrating Facial Serum after cleansing. This sumptuous serum containing Plantolin and Vitamin E encourages skin cell renewal whilst targeting scarring and pigmentation, healing skin while you sleep. What Skin Needs’ Hydrating Facial Serum, £17.99, available from www.whatskinneeds.co.uk.
Whether you’re a silent sleeper or the loud foghorn snorer, what we breathe in while we sleep can affect the quality of our shut-eye. Lavender has been shown to decrease heart rate and blood pressure, putting you in a relaxed state. Having lavender oils, candles or pillow spray in your room can be a great part of a relaxing bedtime routine.
Snack to sleep
Although a big meal before going to sleep isn’t recommended, having a light bedtime snack can help you drift off easily. “A snack of a complex carbohydrate food before bed, such as a couple of oatcakes, half a slice of rye bread or some rye crackers with a bit of hummus can give a gentle release of energy and help to stop you waking up hungry during the night”, advises Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at Superfood UK (www.superfooduk.com).
Relax those toes
We all know there’s nothing better than putting our feet up after a long day, and while the thought of a relaxing foot massage sending us off to sleep sounds amazing, it’s not always possible. Take matters into your own hands (and feet) and relieve those tired soles with a PediRoller from Carnation Footcare. Simply placing the cooling PediRoller under your foot and rolling it back and forth can work wonders. For an extra anti-inflammatory effect, the PediRoller can be frozen before use, which will help to reduce any swelling and ease the tension in the underside of the feet. Carnation Footcare PediRoller, £9.48, available from Boots or www.carnationfootcare.co.uk.
*Bonus Beauty Sleep Tip*: Take a magnesium bath for full body relaxation
Magnesium is a calming mineral and has been dubbed ‘natures tranquiliser’. Those who are under a lot of stress are often deficient in magnesium. Magnesium is absorbed well transdermally, making baths a relaxing way to increase our intake. Try some relaxing magnesium bath salts from your local health store.