Welcome to an another blog post.
Since the initiation of this blog, I have posted recipes, talked about products, shared some DIYs and gave you insights on bits and pieces of the other side of my life where I suffer from allergies, so, on a much closer and personal perspective I welcome you to peek into my usual evenings. For me, a perfect evening should be about unwinding, pampering, sitting down with family or friends and having casual conversations while having dinner(which is not possible all the time). My evening routines are focused on much more than just skincare, in fact, I like to have a process that smoothly transitions me in to having a peaceful night so the next mornings are not began with unexplainable irritation and fatigue.
Like every other girl I do have a proper skincare routine specifically for night time and you will get all the details about what products I use and how I use them in the next blog post.
BEAUTY SLEEP is not only restricted to great skincare, but goes far beyond spiritually and psychologically. I have included some very effective ways that always guarantee I don’t wake up in the middle of the night complaining and I will be sharing all the intimate details in this post further.
First of all, let’s talk about the causes for disturbed sleep or unreasonable anger the next morning. Below listed are few things that most neglect and can be very troublesome but easily controllable.
-Too Low/Too High Room Temperature
-Dryness in throat and nasal passages
-Clothing that restrict Air Circulation
-Keeping the brightness of device screens on higher level (phone, tablet, laptop)
-Having an argument or stressful moment right before going to sleep.
-Eating sluggish meals too late in the evenings.
I have build up a programme that I try to follow almost everyday which has brought many positive changes for me.
ACHIEVE PERFECT ROOM TEMPERATURE
While I am still at dinner, I set my bedroom temperature to anywhere between 18-20 degree celsius which I prefer, and of course it is individualistic. Doing so, I am allowing the room temperature to cool down before so I don’t have to struggle in bed while the air condition is doing it’s job.
Before hitting off to bed, I increase the room temperature to 22-24 degree Celsius and that works as one of most crucial things for a good night’s sleep.
FIGHT AWAY THE BLOATING
I usually take 20-25 brisk walk after dinner because I feel very uncomfortable going to bed feeling stodgy. Always make a habit of eating dinner 2 hours before going to bed.
MIST OF CALMNESS
I am not much of a candle person although I do love smelling them in the stores and love how beautiful they look. Instead, I diffuse essential oils because they are more natural option for home fragrances and work great for allergies. I found this mini version that works both as a medium of light and/or fragrance diffuser. The brand has provided with two mist options, one works by releasing constant mist for few seconds at intervals and other diffusing continuously. It works as a great and cheaper alternative to mood lighting. My favourite choice of essential oils to diffuse are eucalyptus, orange, lemongrass, peppermint and neroli. I also have a DIY mist next to my bed which is made of water, witch hazel, orange, lavender, and rose. Spraying on my pillow and sheets helps uplift my mood.
A BIT OF TLC FOR THE BODY
Taking care of your body is also important so give it a lot love with great smelling and natural body butters like Puresense Revitalising Body Cream that has a very soothing tropical scent. Also, wear loose fitted cotton clothes. You heard it right, Cotton NOT Silk. The reason is many people tend to sweat while sleeping so fabrics like organic cotton are very friendly to skin, doesn’t cause any irritation or rashes and absorb any sweat. I wear cotton tops or tees to bed every single night. Make this a habit especially in warmer months.
SOOTHING THE SENSES
Although a bit of cliche and more repeated one, herbal teas have worked wonders for many of my sleepless nights. Not all herbal teas have the same effect but Chamomile, Peppermint and Rose are the best in soothing your mind and by relaxing the muscles helps the body to feel calm and rested which eventually allows for a sleep just like a baby. Take a hot cup of water, add your choice of tea bag and sip your stress away. My current favourites are Chamomile from Jaf Teas Pukka Cleanse and Love
AN AURA OF RELAXATION
I suggest to avoid loud music right before going to bed. The main objective should be about preparing your mind and body for a better sleep and not the contrary. Switch ON your favourite relaxation music channel or choose from unlimited youtube options. Keep the volume low and switch OFF your television. Relaxing music may sound boring but if are a regular visitor of spas, especially Thai spas, you can not miss the soothing effect of music that immediately starts to have a hypnotic effect on mind.
DIM THE DAY AWAY
As much as we love mornings and sparkling sunshine, the nights are an indicator of slowing down and embracing the darkness because the clinical researches proves dim lighting relaxes the sense and constraint free mind makes a person more calm and focused, so discuss your problems with partners or loved ones in the right moment and with sensibility to always avoid being angry before bed. Mood lightings are very much in trend now and I got the mist and mood lighting diffuser on Amazon. (I could not provide a link to this product as it is currently out of stock). Dimming the lighting on devices and going for a warmer background relaxes eye muscles so you never find yourself struggling to fall asleep after checking out your latest Instagram likes.LOL..If you are Iphone or Ipad user, turn to display in the settings and look for night shift that allows to customise the duration and instensity of the warm background of the screen.. Trust me, it makes a huge difference in the amount strain on your eyes especially in dim lighting.
CUDDLE ON THE RIGHT MATTRESS
Talking about bedding, how many of you actually consider the type of mattress and pillows you use? Do you go with current in trend versions or choose what is comfortable and good for your body posture? I believe no sleep is an actual beauty sleep if you wake up with back pains or stiff muscles. The most desired varieties of good mattress are semi firm so you can enjoy the softness with enhanced body support. There are a variety of options but I suggest going for something like Leesa that gives bounce which no one can ever resist, offers great support by forming the shape of our body also called as contouring and has just the right amount of firmness that forms a perfect cocoon for a baby like sleep.
SKINCARE FOR THAT PERFECT GLOW
My skincare routine includes mix of products to achieve an all round protection and nourishment. But, when I think about beauty sleep three products can never go out of my list. The Body Shop Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask is my first stop towards brighter skin in a matter of minutes. It looks like a real berry jam, smells incredible and feels like luxury on skin. I am always surprised with the instant glow after I wash off the red jelly with gritty Argan shells. When I use Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask and Water Sleeping Mask for face which by far are some of the all time best sleeping masks, I know I am on the right station for baby soft skin.
This is all what I do and believe in experiencing the best beauty sleep. Consider more like putting a baby to bed after a long process of love and care, we as adults should never be deprived of the meditating transition from a stressful day to a sleep like never before.
*Not a sponsored post.