By Amanda Klein
I’m probably speaking for most when I say that there are often several points throughout the day in which I’m “ready for bed,” yet when it finally comes time to go to sleep, I feel motivated to clean, write a novel, learn to cook, choose my outfits for the next 3 weeks of plans, watch every episode of The OC, organize my closet, reach out to all of the friends who I miss, etc. Below are some tips on how to wind down and turn your mind off of “go go go mode” and onto “sleep mode” via skincare.
Drink Tea! Chamomile tea is one of the bests when trying to find your chill and fall asleep. As a bonus, it has incredible benefits for your skin – chamomile is filled with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It protects the skin from free-radical damage and can even help eliminate acne scars as well as prevent breakouts.
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. This brand prides itself on its unique approach to skincare, so you already know that this spray is meant to be gentle on your skin – an important characteristic since your face is in contact with your pillow for several hours. The lavender, vetiver and wild chamomile essential oils in this spray aid in your relaxation and sleep quality. The only way to know if this truly works is to recall my experience in using it – while I cannot prove that this was the sole factor, I say with confidence that every time I use it, I fall asleep extremely quickly. I mist this onto my pillows during my last few minutes of TV or reading time to let my olfactory system alert my brain that it’s time to wind down.
Fresh Rose Face Mask – floral smells yield peace and relaxation, and since your nose is close to where you’d be applying this, you are sure to take in this subtle, soothing smell. Plus, you reap the benefits of enjoying the calming activity of face masking and knowing that you are providing your skin with love. The rosewater, rose petals, cucumber and aloe vera used to create this mask hydrate and tone your skin. Just avoid getting too comfortable, as this is a 5-10 minute then rinse type of face mask.
Silk Slip Eye Mask – This material is meant to be good for your skin – the silk fibers actually help increase the longevity of the skincare products that you’ve applied, and the mask reduces the pressure surrounding your eyes. It was also designed to not tug on or damage your hair, like the straps of typical sleep masks so often do. I feel luxurious and ready for my beauty sleep when I put it on, and it is is the best way to reach the most possible darkness in your bedroom.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate – This product of the Gods contains lavender oil, which is referred to as a calming oil. It smells heavenly – nothing against the wonderful oil that is the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, but the first time I used it, after a fair warning, my boyfriend still requested that I please wash it off and put on my “usual stuff” – read: this stuff smells bad, Kiehl’s stuff smells good. The scent truly reminds me of a spa, and because of my regular evening use of this, it also reminds me of bedtime.
Just like bright screens send signals to your brain that it’s time to be awake, the smell of Midnight Recovery tells my brain that it’s time to catch some z’s, and man does this oil work wonders! It’s my all time favorite for the evening – it beats everything I’ve ever tried.
Expert tip: Make certain smells represent bedtime by spraying or using your scent of choice routinely each night, and your brain will start to associate the scent with winding down. I always keep hand cream or body lotion next to my bed that is solely meant for bedtime use – right now I have a Hawaiian floral scented lotion that I’ve been using. Even though this lotion is not designed to induce sleep, the smell now reminds me of bedtime.
Som Sleep -Our founder, Victoria, recently experimented with Som Sleep Drinks, a 40 calorie beverage that you consume 30 minutes before bed, in hopes that they would help alleviate her recent difficulty falling asleep (which they did!). The drinks contain Melatonin, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, L-theanine, and GABA. As an added bonus to the sleepiness that they produce, Melatonin helps repair and renew skin, and L-theanine contains anti-aging properties! Victoria reports that these drinks consistently gave her heavy eyes and the feeling of sleepiness within 20 minutes. After evaluating her experience, she decided that she would not make consumption a nightly occurrence, but resort to it only when she has difficulty sleeping.
Let us know some of your bedtime tricks!