|I am sure I am not alone here when I tell you that since stuck in isolation, my regular routine has been put on hold, my exercise patterns disrupted and I can’t think of a night where I didn’t wake up in my sleep. Sounding familiar?
Poor sleeping habits or lack of quality sleep can not only result in negative physical changes to your body but it can also leave you feeling worse for wear for the day ahead, fogging the mind and making you irritable.
You may notice changes to your skin including:
- Dark circles around the eyes
- Blotchiness or uneven texture
- Irregular breakouts
- Dry and flaky patches
If you are craving a blissful eight hours of restful sleep, read on for our pick of skin loving essentials and top nighttime tips to get you back on track and sleeping right.
Let’s Go Herbal, Beauty
Hemp infused topicals are popping up everywhere! They are most commonly blended with plant-based extracts to create products that benefit the body naturally, helping to regulate and restore itself.
The team behind the brand Humble Flower incorporate luxurious essential oils with Broad-Spectrum CBD, an extract from the entirety of the hemp plant that is said to help soothe inflammation and muscle aches and pains.
Slather on their calming body oil before bed for instant moisture with relaxing ylang-ylang and lavender essential oils plus the therapeutic benefits of CBD.
CBD Body Oil 500mg, $80 USD
One to keep on the nightstand is the handy roller from AMI Wellness. It combines the therapeutic blend of plant extracts including valerian root, hops humulus and full-spectrum hemp cannabinoids to help relax the mind and ease muscle pain for a more restful sleep.
Dream Herbal Roller 10ml, $39
Don’t Mind Me
Busy and distracted minds are a common side effect of our tech-heavy lives. In addition, with the current WFH situation, it could be tough keeping to our daily routine including getting into bed on time.
Practising mindfulness with meditation, breathwork or simply just reading a book before climbing into bed can help to calm and rebalance the mind, and effectively will help with restful and deep sleep.
Headspace offer guided meditations, including one specifically for a good night’s sleep. By allowing the mind and body to be still, we are encouraging our breath to slow, increasing the likelihood of restfulness.
Back to Basics
Along with avoiding caffeine and sugar before bedtime and getting in daily exercise, even if it is just a brisk stroll to pick up some groceries, the purest and most natural way to assist in a good night’s sleep is with the addition of essential oil blends before bed.
By simply applying to the wrists, temples, back of the neck or bottom of the feet before bed, you are in for an aromatic experience. Why not try a few drops of your favourite scent into the tub before bedtime. It will turn a basic bath into a spa-worthy experience.
Not only does it smell amazing, but this blend of orange, grapefruit and lavender will help to calm and soothe the mind. The perfect partner to use before bedtime.
Relaxation – Essential Oil Blend 15ml, $9.99 USD
By Genevieve Reynolds