“Every year, the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward for the future. This is known as Fashion Week” - Carrie Bradshaw
The city that never sleeps is a myth.
At least, that's what I learned this month during New York Fashion week. The momentum of putting your best self forward doesn't begin with wakefulness like I once thought.. Sleep is where success, beauty, and dreams begin. It's bedtime on this spring evening in mid-February: we are leaving the past behind and looking forward for the future, one where we put well-being first–– and I've already got on my night cream.
When I want to look and feel my absolute best (i.e. all the time), I am shameless about getting my beauty sleep. It’s one of the only things in life where the reward is obtained by doing almost nothing at all. These are my best practices in how I indulge in resting well, from getting ready to hitting the pillow.
That said: I’m off to bed. Happy beauty sleep xx
A PRACTICE IN HUMIDITY
For me, beauty sleep begins as soon as I’m home when I fill my warm air humidifier. This way, coming home is about setting myself up for a successful night’s sleep and day after. Beauty sleep is a lifestyle.
Blue light is proven to be anti-beauty sleep. Orange light filters on my iPhone and on my laptop help to put the mind at ease after the sun is down. The computer app F.Lux claims it's "software to make your life better"-- it certainly makes mine, because I use it every night.
POUR A CUP
Bone broth is a kitchen-beauty staple, particularly for beauty sleep. According to Kettle & Fire, bone broth is rich in nutrients like the "relaxation mineral," magnesium, helping to promote sleep quality and restorative sleep.
On my pillows. On my bedsheets. In my humidifier. I use organic lavender drops for aromatherapy everywhere and anywhere I can. I’ll purchase pure lavender oil for aromatherapy, but often than not I'll make my own home-and-linen spray by mixing essential or fragrance oils with alcohol in a spray bottle. I’ve actually gotten into the habit of applying lavender oil on my wrists at night so that, as I'm night time skincaring, I’m feeling calm and spoiled.
I give myself a gentle face massage with choice cleansing balms before bed. It eases tension and fights gravity. I'll start with circular motions around my eyes for a little lymphatic drainage, in circles towards my nose, up and away towards my temples, and then around my jaw, cheekbones, and forehead, all in a skyward direction (and I never omit my ears and neck). Bliss.
The less stimuli, the better. Spray this with lavender. Or better yet, use one full of lavender leaves.
According to aesthetician/blogger Caroline Hirons, you have two beauty lives, the one "before silk pillowcases, and the one after.” If ever there was an investment for your skincare beauty sleep, it’s this. I love waking up to my skincare on my skin and not in my cotton. More skincare on your skin means it’s working where it needs to be. Do yourself the favour. (Spray this with lavender, too.)
SKINCARE OVERNIGHT MASKS
Sleep masks are a shortcut to bed for me. I’ll incorporate a sleep mask one to three times a week: they’ll seal in any skincare below and improve their performance, attracting moisture like a water-loving comfort blanket. Just imagine the possibilities coupled with a humidifier.
Yoga stretching and breathing techniques help to expand airways and ease a body into sleep. I swear I sleep like a baby.