Can you guess?
Sometimes I think this one should have been the #1.
One of the best kept beauty secrets is sleep.
So obvious but not so simple to achieve.
As we age sleep does not seem so easy to come by… or at least not that deep contented, non tossing, nil turning slumber that is the greatest re-juvenator of all.
Sleep refreshes the body, the mind and as a delicious side effect relaxes and brightens the face.
A therapeutic sleep makes me feel and look years younger.
My face is smoother, my eyes brighter and the shadows underneath lighter.
Enthusiasm and energy levels are elevated… the day starts with a spring not a drag.
I envy those who can drop off to sleep within seconds of hitting the pillow or those who can down an espresso at midnight and be fast asleep at 12:30.
That is nothing short of miraculous to me.
Good sleeping is an art and an exercise for some.
It’s not a given and for many of us a good sleep requires routine.
I understand that to sleep well there are essential ingredients.
Morning exercise is key… it energises the day and calms the evening.
Drinking and eating play their part… too much of either and sleep becomes troubled.
Managing stress… we can’t eradicate stress altogether but we can wrestle it under control.
Then there are the practicalities.
Bathing before bed quietens the mind and body.
A tranquil bedroom… soft lamps, drawn curtains and a scented candle. Quiet ambience induces un-troubled sleep.
The type of bed and bedding… sheets or duvets, blankets or quilts. We all have our preferred style of bed-making and as creatures of habit we want what we want.
What kind of pillow to sleep on? That is almost a discussion in itself.
And what about the rituals to sleeping well, the little habits that ensure our dreamlike hours?
I have a few that follow me wherever I sleep… at home in France, in London or on holiday. I cannot go to sleep without them.
I wear a silk eye mask … it makes all the difference to sleeping well.
Ear plugs… they soften, not silence the sound. I am fanatical about the French brand Quies… these are far better and more effective than the foam varieties. They come everywhere with me.
Reading before bed is a natural calmer and de-stresser… playing on the phone or watching the iPad, not so relaxing… tempting, but not an aid to sleeping.
Sleep should be one of our health and well being priorities… we might all need different amounts of sleep… but none of us can live without it.
The beauty benefits… a positive side effect…. no complaints about that.
Any secrets to sleeping well that we should know about? xv
The Best Kept Beauty Secrets
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