Sleep is a wonderful and beautiful thing for, like, a zillion reasons! The most important one is the obvious: the way our bodies simultaneously rest and repair themselves all night long so we can wake up happier, healthier, more beautiful versions of ourselves. We love our bodies so much for its hard work that if there’s anything we can do to help it out, we’re going to do it…
Most of you already follow a nightly skincare routine in hopes of keeping your face acne and wrinkle-free, but we thought we should let you know that you need to extend that TLC to the rest of our body, especially as you age. So here are 5 things to keep at your bedside table that will help put the ‘beauty’ in ‘beauty sleep,’ and promote more restful Zzz’s.
It’s pretty much a no-brainer to apply some sort of lip treatment after brushing your teeth and before heading off to an 8-hour slumber. We recommend a multi-tasking product like Jouer ‘Lip Enhancer’ Conditioning Lip Treatment ($16), which increases fullness, decreases fine lines, and conditions all with one swipe.
Hand & Nail Cream
The second best thing you should always do before bed is apply hand cream. Again, why not using a multi-tasking product? Aveda Hand Relief Cream ($9) combines the power of plants to hydrate, exfoliate, and anti-age while you sleep.
For the occasional added boost, you MUST try this: Slather on something really thick and salve-like over your hand cream to lock in the moisture, such as Vaseline or Alba’s Un-petroleum Jelly ($4). Cover with gloves, like Earth Therapeutics Moisturizing Hand Gloves ($8), spend the next 8 hours with visions of raising a family with Ryan Gosling dancing in your head, and when you wake up, your hands will be softer than Ryan Jr’s baby’s bottom.
Realistically, you won’t use foot cream every night, but aim for a couples times per week if you can. Philosophy’s Soul Owner Foot Cream ($16) has a cult following, and rightfully so. It uses salicylic and glycolic acids to exfoliate and reduce rough soles, while it’s extra-rich & creamy forumla charges moisture back in.
As with the hand cream, consider the occasional use of a thick, petroleum-based product to seal in the cream, cover with socks, and be absolutely blown at away by the results.
Don’t knock it before you try it! Try using regularly and you’ll be amazed how it’ll quickly become a staple. You’ll look forward to the way a few spritzes of the calming scent (of your choice) will start triggering your brain and bod into relaxation mode, and promote more restful sleep. We’re partial to anything lavender, like Bath and Body Works Lavender Chamomile Pillow Mist ($10), since it’s known to promote relaxation.
Always keep some water bedside. Sipping anything-but before bed or during the night will just sit on your teeth for hours -sugars, tannins, artificial colors, etc.- and isn’t conducive to good oral health. Also, if you incorporate chugging a glass of water into your morning routine, it’s a great way to get a jumpstart on your 8-glasses a day (you might want to brush your teeth first so you aren’t swallowing the build-up of night-time yuck that accumulates while sleeping)