Putting the beauty back into beauty sleep
Adults need 7-9 hours sleep a night. Here are some of our top tips for switching off, unwinding and getting a good night sleep. Wake with radiant, refreshed skin in the morning.
When you sleep, your body recharges, so you wake up feeling refreshed. If you repeatedly don’t get enough sleep, it shows in your face – dark circles under your eyes and poor skin condition. During the night, the skin’s natural replenishing and repairing cycle is active. If you want to look fresh as a daisy, make sure you get enough sleep each night. Sleep is a powerful beauty treatment.
1) Calming and Relaxing Lavender
All of our Moor (peat extract) Lavender and Lavender Sandalwood products aid relaxation.
Tip: Pour some Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence in a bowl and add very hot water. Place in your bedroom so the aroma disperses.
2) Set a regular bed time and wake up time routine
It supports your body clock if you go to bed and get up at the same time. Your evening skin ritual of cleansing, toning and revitalising supports your evening routine in readiness for bed.
The screens of devices such as tablets and smartphones emit short-wavelength light, also known as blue light. All light can suppress the secretion of melatonin – the hormone that controls our day-night cycles – in the evening and night-time, but blue light has a particularly pronounced effect and studies have shown that it’s best avoided at night. One such study has found 2 hours on a device lowers melatonin (brain’s body clock hormone) levels by 22% so…
a) No technology 2 hours before bedtime, ok at least an hour then.
b) Make your bedroom no technology zone – no phone, computer, tablet or television
c) Read a book instead. E-ink readers that aren’t back lit, but illuminated from the front with LED such as Kindle Paperwhite are quite different from the blue light omitted from many other devices.
A recent study found reading reduced stress by a whopping 68%.
4) Make Lists
Create a list of any jobs that will need to be done the following day. Any thoughts you may have write them down, rather than keep mulling them over in your mind. Use ‘Reminders’ on your phone, then you don’t have to worry about all the things you need to remember.
Go to bed in a peaceful frame of mind. Resolve any issues before you go to bed.
6) Alcohol and Caffeine
Both are stimulants so perhaps a small wine with dinner and/or a cup of tea after dinner but that’s it for the evening. Same with sugar, so no late night chocolate. Drink a Chamomile Tea instead.
Bedroom temperature should neither be too hot or too cold, around 18 degrees is optimum. Your bedroom needs to be dark and quiet. Your bed needs to be comfortable.
8) Daily Exercise
Exercise, particularly in fresh air, aids sleep, as does yoga, tai chi, meditation.
9) Beauty Sleep and Your Skin
Your skin eliminates and regenerates during the night time. Dr. Hauschka has a no night cream stance because heavy, occlusive night creams impede natural night time functions of your skin. Botanical extracts embraced in a water based solution support the skin during the night with Apple based Night Serum or Regenerating Serum which is recommended to support a maturing skin.
3 Step Night Care
Did you know that night creams impede your skin’s natural regeneration and elimination activity during the night time?
- During the night your skin is metabolising and eliminating the day’s waste, that’s one of its many functions as the largest organ in your body.
- The night time rhythm of the skin is one of a ‘breathing out’.
- How do you know this is happening? Because skin disorders such as eczema, shingles, chicken pox or measles are much worse during the night. How often have you woken up in the morning to be greeted by a pimple?
- There are no environmental factors that you need to protect your skin from while you’re asleep.
- Sleeping isn’t ageing.
- A night cream – which is usually a heavy, expensive, occlusive substance impedes your skin’s normal night time process.
- At first our ‘no night cream’ guiding principle seems unusual, however within one month (a skin cell cycle) you’ll need no more convincing!
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