Bring on the zzz's with these beauty sleep aids.
David Hamsley for BeautySage
There’s no denying the power of a good night’s rest. Affecting everything from skin and mood to lifespan and health, sleep is essential to our overall well-being. It even affects the way we perceive one another. In one study, a team of Swedish researchers found that 65 untrained observers thought sleep deprived subjects looked more tired, less healthy, and less attractive—only after one night of lost sleep!
How does sacrificed slumber affect your appearance? Several theories exist, with some claiming it affects the skin’s ability to recover properly and others stating it affects muscle tone. Whatever it may, it’s certain that a good night’s sleep (6.5-8 hours!), is essential to looking and feeling your best.
We vetted the top products that are proven to enhance your shut-eye, so you can rise and shine!
Branche Beauty Pillow Case
If Sleeping Beauty invested in a pillow, we’re pretty sure it would be this one. With premium long silk fibers, state-of-the-art weaving and a lofty 22 momme weight, Branché pillows create the best glide for hair and delicate facial skin. This minimizes morning facial creases, creates shiny and lustrous strands, and maintains your hairstyle and blow-out. The high-quality material and slow-weave technology also keep your pillow in tip-top shape, wash after wash.
Branche Beauty - Belle Nuit Eye Masque
This plush, full-coverage eye mask effectively blocks out light, triggering sleep-inducing melatonin for a restful and rejuvenating night’s sleep. Made from 100% premium mulberry silk, stuffed with silk fibers, and sewn by hand, the mask helps to minimize skin creasing while you sleep—ultimately preserving your skin.
Kneipp – Valerian & Hops Herbal Bath
When these concentrated essential oils interact with water, they release their natural, calming properties. Valerian and hops oils bathe away stress and strain so you can relax and get your sleep on. For best results, it’s recommended to take your bath within 15 minutes of going to bed and to avoid using steaming hot water (97°–98°F).
Shea Terra - Cape Chamomile Calming Bath Bar
Wash away tension and stress with this creamy cleansing bar that features Cape chamomile oil from the Fynbos of South Africa. Chamulazene, an anti-inflammatory agent that calms and softens skin, is responsible for the oils stress relieving abilities.
Joya Candles - Quince & Heliotrope Petals
With science proving blue wavelengths (fluorescent lighting, computers, t.v., etc.) suppress sleep-inducing melatonin, we suggest you set the mood for a stellar slumber with soft candlelight. Joya’s handcrafted candles feature a soy wax blend, naturally emollient and aromatic oils, and fill your space with soothing, hypnotic fragrances. Read More at YouBeauty: How Blue Light Disrupts Sleep
Historical Remedies - Moon Drops
These vanilla lozenges contain a homeopathic sleep formulation that quiets persistent thoughts, eases emotional stress, tones digestion, lessens sensitivity to noise and light and soothes over-stimulated nerves. Non-habit forming and causing no side effects, these are the perfect nighttime aid for shifting sleep patterns or changing time zones.