Rest doesn’t always come easy— even to the weary— but we’ve found that it comes a little faster and better with Bath By Bettijo Organic Aromatherapy Stick in Sleep. We roll the handmade blend of organic lavender and cedarwood essential oils in a jojoba oil and vitamin E base on our wrists, temples and neck at night before we hit the pillow. Almost instantly, the soothing formula helps calm our senses and achieve a deeper sleep. And the apothecary-style cobalt blue glass roll-on is easy to tote on flights, trips and overnights.
Tell us: What do you swear by to help you drift off and sleep soundly?
We all thought our acne would be gone after high school, but alas, it persists—for years and sometimes decades, many blemishes incubating while we sleep. Here, a few simple ways to reduce unsightly breakouts that occur while you snooze:
- Wash your pillowcase once a week. Dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that accumulate on pillowcases can cause bacteria buildup and breakouts.
- Try sleeping on your back. Sleeping on your side puts your face in direct contact with the buildup on your pillowcase and sheets, and suffocates your pores.
- Don’t sleep with hair products on. If you’re deep conditioning your hair overnight or have leftover product in from during the day, either wash your hair before bed or cover it with a shower cap before lying down. Oils and waxes in hair products are known to clog pores and bring on blemishes.
- Avoid cosmetics, lotions, and lip treatments that contain lanolin, petrolatum, oleic acid, certain vegetable oils and lauryl alchol. The National Women’s Health Information Center found these ingredients are more likely to cause acne.
- Get enough sleep! Sleep is vital to every element of your health. If you’re sleep-deprived, your acne will take longer to clear and will only get worse.
—By Amanda Downs, beauty intern
At a recent Mary Kay skincare event, sleep scientist Jan Yager, Ph.D. shared tips for getting your best beauty rest:
- Exercise may enhance sleep, particularly if you do it in the late afternoon or early evening, not immediately before bed or when you wake up in the morning.
- Don’t go to sleep hungry or too full: Both can put your body’s metabolic processes into overdrive.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed—though it might seem like a nightcap helps you sleep, both substances can increase sleep fragmentation and the number of times you wake up in the night, making you feel less rested in the morning.
- Don’t take naps unless you absolutely have to: They can prevent you from falling asleep at night, no matter how early in the day you take them.
- Stay in bed only as long as your body needs to. Too much sleep can actually cause frequent awakenings at night and the inability to fall asleep.
What beauty sleep rituals do you swear by?
Some of our beauty habits might sound innocent enough, but can really do damage over time. Here’s a list of pesky habits that we should all kick:
- Hair fiddling: This one might be the hardest to break, since we don’t always notice ourselves doing it. People tend to play with their hair—twisting, bending, and even breaking it—out of boredom or to just to keep our hands busy. But, this seemingly harmless habit can lead to breakage, tangles and oily strands.
- Popping pimples: We know how tempting it is to attack a blemish that’s taking over our face—but doing so can cause serious scarring and even spread pimple-causing bacteria (plus oil from your fingers) around the face. Attempt to banish acne before it even forms with ZENO Hot Spot Blemish Clearing Device.
- Sleeping with makeup on: Cleansing our faces is often the first thing that falls by the wayside at the end of a busy, exhausting day. But not washing leaves pores clogged with leftover makeup, dirt and sweat—which leads to dull and break-out prone skin. Keep cleansing wipes like biodegradable Yes To Cucumbers Natural Glow Facial Towelettes on your nightstand so you never forget to wash up before you doze off.
—By Maite Gonzalez, beauty intern
If you’re like me, you’re probably prone to skimp on shut-eye as the holiday craziness starts to go into full effect. But, experts say it’s absolutely essential to prioritize your zzz’s. (I know, I know: It’s tough!). Here’s a recent TV segment that I did with Better TV that will give you some ways you can actually multitask as you sleep to max out your slumber hours. Also, here’s another segment that I did the same day that will explain exactly why snoozing for 7-9 hours is so crucial to your overall wellness. Night, night!
One of my favorite stories in our new September issue is the Sleeping Beauty feature on page 42. While I edited the piece, I realized how important logging your seven or eight hours (or nine if you’re like me!) is every night in terms of your overall health and well-being.
Here are some bonus stats that I found from the National Sleep Foundation. I’m curious: How do you match up with these results? Do you disagree or agree?
55: Percentage of women who try to make up for lost sleep on the weekends.
53: Percentage of women who say they’re less likely to exercise when they’re sleepy.
46: Percentage of women who eat foods high in sugar and carbohydrates when they’re tired.
11:02 PM: The average time women go to bed on weeknights. (6:40 AM is the average wake time.)
67: Percentage of women who have trouble sleeping at least a few nights a week.