Beauty sleep is a myth, right? Wrong. It plays an important role in rejuvenating your mind and body after a busy day at work or a night on the town – and everything in between.
Your body does a lot of its repair work through the night, so there’s no point dedicating your beauty routine to the morning. A good bedtime beauty routine will help your skin look radiant and you’ll feel refreshed and ready for tomorrow’s challenges.
There’s also an important link between your appearance and sleep. In a study published in the British Medical Journal, Swedish researchers discovered people who were sleep-deprived were more tired, less healthy and less attractive than those who’d had a decent night’s sleep.
So if you didn’t get your beauty sleep last night, it’s time to start making some changes.
Follow these eight steps – guys, you’re included too – and you’ll be glowing again in no time.
1. Take your make-up off
Before you drift off into the land of nod, take your make-up off. No excuses. Leaving it on will ensure you have irritated eyes, clogged pores and make-up residue staining your silk pillowcase (more on that below…). For a quick fix, good-quality face wipes will do the job. Got more time? Wash your face with a gentle facial cleanser.
2. Have a warm bath
Get nice and relaxed with a lovely warm bath. Put on some chilled music, dim the lights and ease your body into the tub (haven’t got a bath? A shower will do). It’s great to have some “me time”, isn’t it? However, if you want to share that time alongside your partner, who are we to say no…?
3. Apply night cream to your face
Battling the elements can be difficult, come wind, rain or shine. And it’s your face that will take the full brunt. Put some life back into your skin with a good night cream. Apply it to your face and neck and let it work its magic. While you’re asleep, it will hydrate and nourish you, and you’ll wake up with soft, plump skin.
4. Scrub your feet and remember the socks
Don’t forget your feet. You’ve been on them all day and now it’s their turn to get pampered. Give them a scrub before massaging foot cream or balm on your heels and any chapped areas. Finish by putting some socks on to help your skin absorb the cream and keep the moisture locked in.
5. Hand cream is important
Constant washing and exposure to dry air leads to dry, cracked hands – and a good reason to get the hand cream out. Use a thick, slightly greasy cream and moisturise your hands and fingernails. Applying it before you sleep will allow the cream to sink in and do its work.
6. Sleep on silk
Silk pillowcases aren’t just for royalty and celebrities. They might be a tad more expensive than your regular cotton or polyester options but they are worth it. If you want to stop your hair getting tangled and frizzy through the night, it’s worth investing in some.
7. Slip on an eye mask
A dark room will help you sleep well. However, if your curtains aren’t thick enough to stop light streaming in, try an eye mask. Want to match it with your silk pillowcase? A silk eye mask can help to soothe skin and lock in moisture – perfect after the effort you put into moisturising your face earlier.
8. Get a good night’s sleep
Want to know a secret? The best beauty sleep routine is to get a good night’s kip. You’ve got your silk pillowcases – match them with a cosy duvet and fresh cotton sheets. A comfortable bed is important too. A good mattress will ensure you don’t wake up feeling achy. One brand is going a long way to make sure you have a dreamy sleep courtesy of their mattresses. Always make sure your room is at the right temperature – too cold and you’ll be shivering through the night; too hot and you’ll wake up in a pool of sweat – not a good look.
To find out more about how Simba’s mattresses can help you get a little more beauty sleep (not that you need it!) visit www.simbasleep.com/.