Unless I’m really exhausted, I’ve never been able to fall to sleep easy.
I find that when it’s time to go to bed at night my mind is racing with things I have to do the next day and just general ponderings on life.
I’ll be honest, having a phone stashed under my pillow and fighting the urge to check Facebook every few minutes doesn’t help.
So much so has my sleeping pattern gone to pot, most nights I’m not falling asleep until 3 or 4 am!
So in the hopes of combating my sleep deprivation I made sure to add these 3 beauts to my Cloud Ten beauty cart, and oh am I glad I did. They’ve become my bedtime dream team.
Anatomicals – No Old Bags Allowed Under Eye Gel
The fact that I have under eye bags at the age of 22 appalls me. But, that’s what I get for spending the last 4 years burning the candle at both ends. From college to shop work, to editing a paper and blogging I’ve exhausted myself, and the proof is most certainly under my eyes. You only really need a pea-sized amount of this soothing gel, to be massaged under your eyes in the morning and in the evening. It’s just what I need to perk me up in the morning, and after a tough day, the cooling sensation is exactly what I need at night. I’ve been using this gel for a week and while I can still see the bags under my eyes they don’t look as visible as they were, or as dark.
Anatomicals – Puffy the Eye-Bag Slayer Eye Mask
I have a confession to make. I’m addicted to eye masks. When I’m tired my eyes are where I really feel it, and after reading such positive reviews about this gel mask in particular, I knew I wanted to give it a try. The mask can be heated or cooled, but I much prefer it colder. I pop it in the fridge ten minutes before I go to bed, and then whack it on for 15 minutes when I’m lying in bed, before I go to sleep.
The very act of wearing the mask and being forced not to look at your phone or a book or the TV is really soothing, and this is definitely my favorite bit of the wind down process. By the time my 15 minutes is up I’m usually quite relaxed, and the cooling sensation has down wonders to take the puffiness out of my eyes.
This balm is a godsend, ladies and gents. I will admit, I’ve always been a bit of a devil for anything that’s supposed to aide my sleep. Scented candles, sprays, balms, teas. But when I finally stopped giggling at the packaging and got it out, I couldn’t wait to crack it open. When I did, I dotted it across my temples as instructed and I instantly felt relaxed. It’s made of lavender, beeswax and lemon oil and the scent is positively heavenly. The balm is the final step in my wind down routine, and after the chilled eye-mask, I apply a pea-sized amount to both temples, take some deep breaths, and I’m fast asleep in no time.
Have you got an established wind-down routine? Or have you got some sleep care products that do the trick? Let me know in the comments.