Most healthy adults need 7-9 hours of sleep a night but amidst the chaos and busyness of modern life, how many of us are really achieving that? Whilst it’s easy to dismiss sleep, the Sleep Foundation reports that sleep is just as important as diet and exercise to overall health.
It’s also necessary to your beauty routine, even more so than taking your make-up off before going to bed and regularly exfoliating. The famous phrase ‘beauty sleep’ is one that is actually correct, because while we sleep, our body repairs itself.
Michael Breus, PhD, a board-certified sleep specialist, says that if you’re getting less than 6 hours sleep its probably affecting your appearance. This could be true in a number of ways, but the most common is premature ageing. Skin creates new collagen when you sleep, a protein that provides skin with structure and strengthens the bones. If you’re sleeping less, your body will produce less collagen, which can lead to an increase in wrinkles and dryness, as opposed to plump and smooth skin.
Additionally, your body pumps blood to your skin while you sleep, leading to a more glowing complexion and with this, comes less of the most commonly referenced effect of tiredness on the skin, dark circles under the eyes. Lack of sleep can cause your skin to become pale, allowing for dark tissues and blood vessels beneath your skin to show. It can also cause fluid to build under your eyes, making them appear puffy.
But how to improve your sleep? Firstly, prioritise it. Sleep can often be the last thing on your ever-growing to do list, but why not put it at the top? Creating a relaxing night time routine can assist with this, making getting into bed something you actually look forward to, rather than dread the hours you’ll spend staring at the ceiling.
NEOM Organics has a dedicated sleep range, including a number of products designed to make your evenings more relaxing and enjoyable and, importantly, to improve your sleep quality.
Pillow Mists have become somewhat of a trend over the past few years, and although you might initially roll your eyes at them, they can be extremely effective. Scent is one of the strongest senses, and having one scent that signals that it’s time to go to sleep every night can be an effective way to get your body into a sleep routine.
86% of people said that NEOM’s Bedtime Hero Pillow Mist helped them relax and prepare for a good night’s sleep and NEOM also stock the Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist, which incorporates some essential oils that are more traditionally associated with sleep, such as lavender and chamomile.
NEOM also stock candles that are designed to improve sleep, which use 100% natural fragrances and have been tested to ensure they’re fit for purpose. Lighting one of these before you go to bed will not only help you sleep because of their relaxing scent, but because of the
create, especially in low light. You can also choose the candle scents for the NEOM diffuser, which is great if you’re uncomfortable using candles around kids or pets.
Finally, what’s more relaxing than a bath before bed? NEOM also have dedicated bath foams in their sleep range, as well as bath salts, that will help to
make your bath better than ever. After getting out of the bath, before heading to bed, apply the new NEOM Bedtime Hero or Perfect’s Night Sleep Body Butter, as well as the facial cleanser and oil in their sleep range, to ensure your skin feels and looks great the next morning.
Sleep is essential to our overall health and appearance, so it’s definitely worth investing in products that will help you improve it. If you’re unsure where to start, come and chat to us at Vitality and we can advise you on the best products for your health, skin and routine.