“A good night’s sleep is like a mini facial for the skin,” says aromatherapist and founder of the beautiful Hanako Therapies, Rachel Holm (hanakotherapies.com)
NI: What happens if we don’t get enough?
Rachel: “Without enough sleep, our skin becomes prone to an increased inflammatory response showing up as breakouts, dullness, increased skin sensitivity, and sometimes allergic reactions. Lack of sleep can also accelerate the ageing process, resulting in deeper fine lines and more visible wrinkles. That’s because sleep deprivation decreases the moisture levels in your skin and also lowers your skin’s pH levels, which is why it can look less youthful and less luminous.”
Top 3 beauty buys for a better sleep tonight:
Step 1: In the home: Natio Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser, $59.95, natio.com.au . Have you discovered the brilliant ultrasonic diffusers yet? No naked flame to forget to put out as you run out the door! It disperses the pure essential oil molecules into the air with just water so it preserves the delicate properties of the oils. Combine with a few drops of sleep-inducing eucalyptus, ylang ylang and lavender. We love: Natio 100% Pure Natural Essential Oil, $18.95.
Step 2. In the shower: Aveda Stress Fix Creme Cleansing Oil, $39, aveda.com.au I just love this body wash which lasts for ages as you only need to use a small amount on a sponge. It has the most beautiful aroma made up of certified organic lavender and clary sage which will reduce those feelings of stress while you shower.
Step 3. In the bedroom: Hanako’s Dream Mist, $24.95, hanakotherapies.com Spray this onto your pillow, over the crown of your head, onto your heart and the soles of your feet. Take 3 deep breaths and repeat Rachel’s affirmation:
“ I now allow myself to let go of the day. With each inhale I feel relaxed and calm, with each exhale I soften and release.”