Getting a full eight hours of sleep every night is arguably one of the most repeated beauty secrets. Hailed as a rejuvenating essential to maintain beautiful skin and an inner glow, we all know how important it is to give our bodies enough time to relax and restore. It isn’t, after all, called beauty sleep for nothing!
However, our increasingly hectic lifestyles can make it difficult to wind down in the evenings and we are often left tossing and turning in bed instead of getting the rest we need.
Thankfully, help is at hand in the shape of specially developed relaxing and sleep-aiding products. Infused with aromatic scents and calming essences, with these miracle workers you can say goodbye to counting sheep.
Start your new nighttime ritual with a warm shower or bubble bath infused with soothing aromas. L’Occitane en Provence’s Relaxing Bath and Shower Gel contains lavender, tea tree and geranium essential oils, which help ease away stress and leave your skin gently scented.
Cowshed’s Knackered Cow range is aimed at those Busy Lizzies who are “burnt out, finding concentration a struggle, overdoing it 90% of the time and in no fit state to operate heavy machinery”. Their blend of lavender, eucalyptus and chamomile essential oils aims to clear the mind and restore harmony and has been infused into everything from Relaxing Travel Candles to Relaxing Body Lotion and a handbag-size Perfume Oil Roll On.
Neal’s Yard Beauty Sleep Concentrate promises a double-whammy of beauty benefits: not only does its blend of aromatherapy essential oils release calming and relaxing scents to help you unwind, it also support your skin’s natural nighttime regeneration while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Yogi Bedtime Tea combines valerian, organic chamomile and passionflower. Licorice, cardamom and cinnamon add a warming flavour that is perfect to enjoy before settling down for the night.
Another alternative is Holland & Barrett’s Black Cherry Concentrate. Black cherries contain melatonin, which is the chemical your body produces to make you feel tired. Simply add a few drops of to a cup of water and drink it 30 minutes before bedtime. As with all supplements, always check the label and consult your GP to make sure you can safely add it to your diet.
If you are a light-sensitive sleeper, try the Holistic Silk Eye Mask - not only is it pretty and feels super soft against your skin, but it also contains soothing lavender to gently send you off to sleep.