All the expensive face creams in the world won't make up for sleep deprivation. One of the best things you can incorporate into your beauty routine is more sleep. They don't call it beauty sleep for nothing! I have put together some good ole' fashioned facts and tips for you in case you need convincing on the matter (I know I don't. More sleep? YES please!).
Sleep deprivation can alter your appearance. I won't go as far as saying that without it, you will be ugly. But you won't be looking your best if you haven't been getting the recommended 8-10 hours.
Lack of sleep can alter your appearance in the following ways:
• Not getting enough sleep causes your blood vessels to dilate. Dilated blood vessels under the eyes = bags!
• Without enough sleep, your skin can't repair itself, which can lead to premature ageing. Wrinkles people.
• It's not rocket science, not getting enough z's can lead to an irritable mood. Being in an ugly mood, is just, ugly. Beauty comes from within remember.
Set yourself up with a good 'Sleeping Beauty' routine with these tips:
• Sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase. It's better for your hair as it helps prevent breakage.
• Steer clear of too many salty foods before bed. Waking up dehydrated can leave you looking puffy-faced & dull.
• Always go to bed with a clean face. Nothing like rolling around on a dirty face all night (ew). On that note, make sure you change your pillowcases often. Bacteria can live on your pillowcase and cause your skin to breakout.
• Moisturise your feet right before bed and lock in the moisture by putting a clean pair of socks on your trotters. I like to use coconut oil (I know, I'm obsessed with the stuff see How to use coconut oil in your beauty routine). Make sure the socks aren't your best pair as the moisturizer or oil can ruin your socks.
Do you find it difficult to fall asleep or to sleep through the night? There are a couple of things you can do to help. Give these techniques a nudge:
• Counter those stress hormones and meditate. There are loads of videos on YouTube to help guide through a meditation. I know to some it sounds a but 'hippy-dippy', but it is beneficial to help calm you. I will vouch for it. Bringing awareness to your body and focussing on the present is so great to help clear a cluttered mind. Clear that head before bed!
• Drink herbal tea. Steer clear of anything with caffeine. It's always printed on the box if it's caffeinated or not. Chamomile tea is particularly good before you sleep as it is nice & calming.
• Exercise. Maybe not right before you sleep, but doing some exercise during the day will help you to sleep at night.
• Relax in a hot bath. I'm all about the wind-down. Relaxing in the bath helps me to switch off and as a result, I fall into a heavy slumber. Try our Warm Amber & Peach soap pictured above. the fragrance in this soap is soothing rather than energising.
• Almonds, bananas, turkey, walnuts and warm milk are all great foods to eat in the evening.
Things to avoid before hitting the sheets:
• Grains or sugar. Quick release energy right before bed? I don't think so!
• Caffeine - Save the coffee for your wake-up routine. If you're anything like me (not an early bird), it gives me something to look forward to in the morning.
• Screens - The lights on your phone or computer trick your eyes into thinking it's daytime. It will be more difficult for your brain to switch off if you don't limit your screen time before bed.
I hope you have enjoyed this post. If you have any tips to share, please leave a comment below. I'm off to get some beauty sleep now, sweet dreams everyone. Until next time,