When it comes to health and beauty, an important factor that doesn't get enough recognition is beauty sleep. Lack of sleep can contribute to premature aging, dehydrated skin, dark circles under the eyes, redness, and breakouts.
Quality sleep is the fountain of youth, and it is free for you to enjoy each night. Sleeping helps repair, rejuvenate, and detoxify during the night to encourage a healthier and more radiant appearance. Many people suffer from sleep issues, and learning a few techniques to improve the quality of your sleep can help you look and feel your best at any age.
Try these simple and effective tips for better beauty sleep
Create a Sleep Routine
Try taking a nice warm bath with calming essential oils and loose herbs to help your body tune in to the present moment and feel more centered. Create a spa-like experience and treat yourself like a goddess.
Some lovely herbs and essential oils to add to the bath:
- Sip on relaxing herbal teas that support sleep, such as chamomile, lavender, rose, Tulsi, lemon balm, hops, passionflower, and valerian root,
- Give yourself a foot massage with oil. Massaging your feet before bedtime is an incredible way to practice self-care and relax the body. Our feet work so hard each day to get us around in our busy lives and are often neglected. Tune in and show those babies some love! They deserve it!
- Mediate to prepare your mind for a beautiful night's rest so you can wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and can shine your gorgeous light out into the world. Mindful breathing can support the body in an incredible way and prepare for a lovely night of beauty sleep.
- Read a calming book
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Avoid Going to Bed Hungry
Going to bed while hungry puts your body in a state of stress and signals cortisol levels, your stress hormone. When the body is in a state of stress, its main priority is to keep you safe, not beauty sleep. Consistently ignoring hunger signals can interfere with your hormones, take a toll on your skin, blood sugar balance, and even cause weight gain.
If you regularly feel hungry before heading to bed, listening to your body and eating a small snack is essential so you feel satiated throughout the night.
Hydrate Before Going to Bed
Dehydration can affect your quality of sleep and interfere with hormone production. You don't want to drink large amounts of liquids right before heading to bed, but an hour or so before turning in for the night, it is advisable to enjoy a relaxing hot cup of tea to aid in relaxation and hydration to get a restful nights sleep.
Minimize Stimulation Before Bedtime
The excitement from electronics such as television, computers, cell phones, and social media can prevent us from feeling calm and prepared for a good night's rest. While it may be challenging to realize that these electronic devices can take a toll on your sleep quality, it is important to evaluate their role.
Imagine that you are scrolling social media before bedtime, and you see videos of people dancing with loud music and people arguing in the comments section. Next, you get a like or comment, producing a spike of dopamine. You may also have a movie or television show in the background. All of this puts your body in a state of excitement and stress, not in a relaxed state that will support a restful night of beauty sleep.
Hold yourself accountable and put the cell phone down, and be kind to your body so you can begin to become more relaxed and present.
Try Blue Blocker Glasses
Electronic devices emit a blue light that can interfere with the sleep hormone melatonin and contribute to increased alertness. We all know that melatonin is essential for a good night's rest, and supporting our body naturally by minimizing exposure to blue light can help you sleep better.
Blue blocker glasses can help support the eyes and minimize the blue light effects, especially before bed. As well as reduce eye strain so your gorgeous eyes will look and feel better. You don't need a prescription for them because they only help to minimize the blue light do not have an influence on your vision. You can find them at many online stores. Read reviews and do your research to find the best option for you.
Keep Electronics out of the Bedroom
While it is nice to curl up in bed and watch a good movie or favorite tv show, it can interfere with our beauty sleep. It is important to train the brain to associate the bedroom with sleeping. When you lay your head down at night, you want your brain to know what to do. Remove all the distractions out of your bedroom for a deep and restful night of beauty sleep and watch how much better you feel upon rising.
Keep your Cell Phone in Another Room
While it may seem like a good idea to keep your phone close to you in the bedroom, it can actually interfere with your sleep quality and take a toll on your health and appearance over time. Cell phones emit EMF radiation that can interfere with the body's natural ability to fall and stay asleep, and they are very unhealthy to have close to the body for long periods.
Cell phones can also disrupt your beauty sleep because of notifications and calls. It is nearly impossible to get a good night's rest if your phone is dinging throughout the night because it will get your mind worked up and wondering who is trying to contact you.
A healthier approach is to keep the phone on silent and in another room while you sleep. If you can put your phone on airplane mode, even better. If you rely on your phone as your morning alarm system, you might consider getting an actual alarm clock for the bedroom to minimize any sleep disturbances.
Minimize the Light in the Room
It is essential to limit the amount of light in the bedroom for a peaceful night's rest. Light can stimulate the body and prevent you from getting a good night's sleep. Try black-out curtains and keep all electronic devices in another room.
Regular exercise will support the health of the whole body which can encourage better beauty sleep. An accumulation of stress can interfere with our ability to fall asleep but regular movement can alleviate excess stress and calm the body.
We are all so different so it is best to find an exercise routine that you enjoy and will stick to. The best kind of exercise is one that you do regularly and enjoy. Even taking a short walk regularly can help to improve your health, mindset, and support a deeper night of rest.
Practice a Relaxing Skincare Routine
Nighttime is the perfect opportunity to give your skin some TLC. While we sleep the skin produces new collagen, repairs, and rejuvenates, and taking a few extra moments before heading to bed to pamper yourself can help your skin look its best the next morning. A regular skincare routine will also encourage relaxation for a restful night's sleep.
Practice giving yourself a facial massage in an upwards motion each time you apply your skincare to help increase circulation, relax the facial muscles, and lift the skin. Take the time to honor your skin and tune into the process. It is a special time to reconnect with yourself after a busy day and assist your body in relaxation.
Notice any areas of your face that you hold tension and massage them gently. With regular practice, your skin will look glowing and you will feel amazing before heading to be for a restful night's sleep.
I really hope that you enjoyed these natural beauty tips and they encourage you to take a moment to pause and tune in to support your health and beauty.
Xo Jessica Rose
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