Let’s face it: lack of sleep makes you feel lousy. It puts extra stress on your body and increases the levels of stress hormones to result in a tired, cranky, and older-looking you. Yes, that’s right – not enough sleep causes wrinkles and faster skin aging as it’s during your sleep that skin goes through vital repair and rejuvenation processes.
Whilst you’re dreaming away, the parasympathetic nervous system takes over, directing the flow of blood to the skin. This increase of oxygen in the skin’s cells allows receptors in the blood vessels to obtain amino acid molecules, which help drain toxins and fluids whilst building collagen. This means no puffiness, and supple and smooth skin instead. Not enough shut-eye causes higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which increases inflammation and the acceleration of aging and worsening of blemishes. It also reduces the skin’s ability to stay hydrated, making for a dull, lackluster complexion. Seems like Sleeping Beauty was onto something.
So if you’re feeling a little worse for wear this holiday season, and if counting sheep isn’t quite cutting it, try these slumber-inducing products that have been specially formulated to help you drift off.
The Body Lotion
Wrap yourself up in this beautifying body lotion before bed, and your skin will feel like it’s enveloped in cashmere. Enriched with essential oils of lavender and ylang ylang, it calms and soothes the mind and skin to make for the best nighttime moisturizer.
Lush ‘Sleepy Body Lotion’
AED145 / SAR148
The Pillow Spray
Spritz your way to sleep with this powerful pillow spray. Clinically proven to restore your natural sleep pattern, it uses naturally encapsulated lavender to stimulate alpha waves in the brain, helping you relax and unwind. In fact, it’s so good that 89 percent of people with prescribed sleep medication said they’d turn to this instead of pills. When it comes to a product that delivers results, This Works.
This Works ‘Sleep Plus Pillow Spray’
Half an hour or so before bed, light Neom’s ‘Tranquility Candle’ and fill your room with a scent designed to help you sleep. This heavenly blend of pure English lavender essential oil, sweet basil, and jasmine not only smells like a dream, but will also ensure that you have plenty of them. Plus, after 30 minutes of burn time, it transforms into a beautiful body oil that can be applied over your entire body to soften and repair dry, tired skin.
Neom Organics ‘Tranquillity’ Candle
AED143 / SAR146
Roll on the remedy with this nighttime treat – this balancing blend of essential oils such as lavender, rose, geranium, and bergamot can be applied to the pressure points to help relax both body and mind. It’s perfect for weary worriers and to take on your travels.
The Bath Soak
The ultimate sleepy soak, this magical milk bath from The Organic Pharmacy is gentle enough for babies and children. Infused with calming chamomile and lavender, it leaves skin feeling silky soft whilst calming you from head to toe.
The Body Wash
Using a distillation process that captures the highest concentration of plant benefits, this soothing shower gel contains distilled rosemary and lavender to gently cleanse skin whilst helping you fall asleep.
L’Occitane ‘Aromachologie Relaxing Shower Gel’