Thursday, 25 April 2013

Sleeping Yourself Beautiful

When I studied psychology at college, I learnt all about the different theories of sleep and the repair and restoration theory sticks quite prominently in my mind now.  It's the notion that sleep is essential for revitalising and restoring the body and mind so that remains healthy and functions correctly.  Looking back, I don't think I fully appreciated my student days and the potential sleeping hours I passed up in favour of partying till the small hours and still making it into college for a 9am lecture.  Nowadays, I'm much more partial to an evening in on the sofa in front of the TV and an early night.  With that in mind, I'm always partial to trying out products designed to either aid a good nights sleep or to restore the body while I'm sleeping and I've got a great selection here to share, all from Holland and Barrett.


Black Cherry Concentrate, £11.69
For a healthy alternative to cordial and fizzy pop,  trying adding some of this Black Cherry Concentrate to still or sparkling water.  Use it hot as a soothing, warming drink at bedtime or to combat a cold.  Having a hot drink before bedtime helps you to feel sleepy and so can aid a peaceful nights sleep- its the cooling sensation that can make you feel tired as your body warms up as you drink and then cools back down.  A little goes a very long way with this and you can sweeten it to taste, although I find it doesn't need it.  As this is purely black cherries, there are no hidden nasties and additives so you can rest assured that you're taking in only goodness.  Black cherries are rich in antioxidants and are supposed to reduce inflammation making them a great alternative therapy for gout and arthritis.

Wonder Oil, £10.89

Wonder Oil is a strong, orange scented multi-use oil packed full of oils, herbs and fruits.  Rich Olive Oil, Safflower Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Sesame Oil and Jojoba Oil combine with 14 herbs, Grapefruit, Lemon and Orange to create a potent mix that works wonders on the skin.  Having a hot bath is another way to make you feel sleepy and ready for bed.  Wonder Oil is great for two reasons as not only can it be used as a bath oil but it can be massaged into the skin too.  It is packed full of goodness to keep your body continually moisturised all night long as your skin literally drinks it in and when you wake up, your skin is super soft.  I tend to apply this to the patches of psoriasis that I have as the skin in these areas can become very cracked and sore.  Wonder Oil gets to work on these areas while I sleep, leaving the skin feeling renewed and pain free.  


Lavender Pure Essential Oil, £4.99

Another way to create a relaxing, night time bath is with the edition of essential oils, namely lavender as it is highly regarded for its soothing and comforting properties.  Run a hot bath and add a few drops of this into it before soaking for 15 minutes.  I like to use it most on my pillow.  I drop a little onto a tissue and slide it underneath my pillow case and I really find that it helps me to drift off into the land of nod that little bit quicker and stay there as if I wake up during the night I tend to fall straight back to sleep as the lavender is so relaxing.  Both my body and mind feel the benefits of getting a good nights sleep.  When I am well rested, I am more alert, amiable  and patient, my skin looks youthful and full of life, I don't have unsightly bags under my eyes and I generally feel more positive and energetic.

Dr Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Night Cream, £9.49

The Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Night Cream can be used both on the face and the body to provide bioactive overnight therapy for the skin.  It is packed full of vitamins, antioxidants like Kigelia, Roselle and Boabab, and essential fatty acids as well as organic essential oils and fruit extracts like orange, patchouli oil and aloe vera leaf juice.  While you sleep, it deeply softens and moisturises the skin, increases the levels of vitamin C which assists in the production of collagen, helping you to wake up with more youthful looking skin.  It is thick and easily absorbed into the skin so it is perfectly fine to apply it just before bedtime as it settles into the skin in no time at all.

What products do you use to sleep yourself beautiful?

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