8 Natural beauty-sleep tips
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8 best thing’s to do before bed for improved sleep & beauty
Not having enough sleep can really take its toll on our productivity, how we feel and our appearance. 8 hours is the recommended amount of sleep to have to feel refreshed, more motivated and banish those dark circles. With our increasingly busy lifestyles, it can be difficult to fit in a nighttime ritual of time-consuming things like meditation (although I certainly do recommend it if you have the time!) or relying on unhealthy thing’s like sleeping tablets. So, I’ve put together a list of some natural & healthy ways to unwind at night for improved sleep and things you can do before bed that have beautifying benefits.
1. Apply hand cream
Our hands are the most washed parts of our bodies, they go through a lot so it’s not surprising that they are the first place to show signs of premature ageing. To prevent this, use a hand wash & cream that’s made of natural ingredients to keep them feeling soft and nourished. I always keep a mini hand cream in my bag for using on the go and one on my bedside table to use before bed.
2. Soak in a Himalayan salt bath
Soaking in a warm bath of Himalayan salt is sadly something I don’t have time for every night. But my Sunday nights are made for it to help me feel relaxed and refreshed ready to take on the week ahead. If I can I’ll try to fit one in on a Wednesday evening too to break up the week and re-charge. There are so many beautifying benefits of using Himalayan salt, not only do they help to reduce aching muscles, but the natural mineral is also great for deep cleansing and detoxing the body of toxins.
3. Spray rose water
Rose water is an essential ingredient that you must add to your beauty routine ASAP! It’s something I spray head to toe every time I get out of the shower, I also use it to tone my face after cleansing, refresh my skin throughout the day and spray in my hair. I’ve been using it for years, you can find out more about it in my Rose Water Benefits for Skin & Hair post. It’s also super cheap as you can find it in the world food sections in the supermarket for around £1 for a 190ml bottle.
4. Vitamin facial massage
After cleansing, exfoliating and toning with rose water I’ll massage a non-comedogenic vitamin A & Hyaluronic Acid infused facial serum into my skin to nourish and slow down premature ageing. If you’re like me and tend to get puffy eyes and cheeks, using a lymphatic drainage facial massager around the contours of the face can help the lymphatic system move along and reduce build-up which gives the skin that puffy/bump like appearance. In conjunction with the vitamin serum the massager helps to improve collagen making the skin appear more refreshed and youthful.
5. Drink herbal tea
After 5 pm avoid caffeine like the plague if you want an improved night’s sleep. Instead, opt for drinking herbal tea to wind down the evening. There is an abundance of herbal teas on the market to choose from. So, find one you enjoy the taste of but one that also provides the health & beauty benefits you crave. Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet, so drinking this popular tea leaf is a great place to start! - see my post on green tea benefits for more detail!
6. Create a cosy environment
Personally, I find that having a tidy room helps me feel less stressed and more organised. So, after a spring clean, why not add plants near your bed to benefit from their air purifying abilities and lavender scented diffusers to help you feel more relaxed and calmer at bedtime.
A scientifically proven way to improve sleep is to turn off the TV and get off social media at least 30 minutes before bed to reduce blue light exposure. Instead, read a book or do some sketches with a low light bedside table. Yes, I know that’s easily said than done, so if books aren’t your thing and your itching to pick up your mobile then investing in a Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp could help reduce your blue light exposure since claims say they can neutralise electromagnetic radiation.
For more interior tips, see my post how to make your bedroom cosy!
7. Get your thoughts onto paper
Writing a to-do list for the following day and jotting down your thoughts and ideas onto paper is a great way to unload so that things you must do tomorrow are not playing on your mind while you're trying to sleep.
8. Refresh your pillowcase
To prevent clogging my pores with highly comedogenic ingredients found in hair products, I always use a small clip to tie up the hair around my face so that I’m not sleeping on it and change my pillowcase after using both sides once or twice depending if I’ve got a lot of product in my hair that day.
You may also find my tips for a productive morning routine helpful, to kick-start productivity and motivation in the morning!
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