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MY BEST KEPT SECRETS FOR BETTER SLEEP & GLOWIN’ SKIN

by Elise Gabriel 5 min read

MY BEST KEPT SECRETS FOR BETTER SLEEP & GLOWIN’ SKIN - Paradox

Crawling into bed is one of my favorite moments of the day. In fact, I’m pretty sure I received an award for my “nap time skills” in kindergarten. In my adult life, my love affair with sleep has only continued. However, between balancing work, blogging, school and social life, I find it difficult to find the time to get a good night sleep. Either I don’t have enough time in a day, or I'm not using my time wisely.
I also noticed that when I finally do have time for a good rest, I find it difficult for me to fall asleep because my brain is thinking about a million different things. I’m guessing many of you can relate to this. 

Sleeping deeply is vital to our health for many reasons. When we sleep, our entire body begins to heal and replenish, which can lead to higher brain functions (like improving concentration and memory), healthier skin, lower stress levels and even lengthening your lifespan. I think it’s needless to say that we all want all of these goodness! 

After doing some research, I found a few ways to improve my sleep. And let me tell you… This works like MAGIC. So, just call me your bedtime fairy, and let’s review what I’ve learned. 

1 / INVEST IN A SILK PILLOWCASE

This is my No. 1 tip for improving your beauty sleep. Not only do silk pillowcases feel amazing, but it also avoids hair breakage and minimizes wrinkles. And guys, it actually feels like you’re sleeping on clouds. And I mean, who wuldn’t want to fight wrinkles while getting a luxurious, satisfying sleep? I know I do!

2 / REMOVE YOUR MAKEUP

We all know that we should remove our makeup before bed, but how many of us actually follow this rule on a daily basis? I admit; I sometimes forget (or just don’t want to bother) and sprint straight towards my bed. However, removing your makeup is an important step in your nighttime routine. You’ll sleep so much better knowing that your skin is squeaky clean. Plus, you’ll finally escape from the nasty makeup marks on your pillow in the morning.

3 / AROMATHERAPY REALLY WORKS

If you’re not too familiar with aromatherapy, let me just cut to the chase and tell you that it works wonders. Lavender essential oils are your best friend for better sleep. It has calming and soothing properties that can help reduce your stress levels. But more than anything, it smells amazing. Just apply it right under your ears and a tiny bit on your chest. 

Bonus tip: Spritz a bit on your pillow for ultimate relaxation when you wake up in the morning!

4 / NAP SMARTER, NOT LONGER

A little cat nap never hurt anyone, right? But listen, the best time to take a nap is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Experts say our circadian rhythm makes you feel alert in the morning, but after 11 a.m., it starts to drop. That’s when you feel your energy levels go down. But don’t worry! Use this to your advantage, and take a quick nap in the afternoon, if you can. I used to never taking naps, but this tip helped me power through my classes, work and blogging while falling asleep so much faster at night. 

5 / WORK ON THOSE ABS

Exercise? Does shopping count? Experts say that 2.5 hours of moderate activity a week will help you sleep better at night. So… that means if I’m sprinting to sephora and back, that counts right?! I guess that wouldn’t be a bad idea, if it’s during the day. If you’re planning on working out at night, you need to make sure that you have enough time to cool down before heading to bed. In fact, working out before bed can actually keep you up. I guess that means no more late night sephora runs for me. Sigh!

6 / FIND YOUR INNER YOGI

If exercise isn’t your thing, you can yoga your way to better sleep. Stress and anxiety are two major factors that prevent most people from getting a good night rest. I admit. I’m usually up thinking about my plans for the next day. Sometimes, I’m just trying to catch up on some TV shows until I get sleepy. (Note: this doesn’t work!) Recently, I’ve been trying to make a few adjustments. I’ve been practicing meditation each night before bed, and it really works. I realized that my mind stopped racing through my late-night thoughts and prepared it for bedtime. I know we’re all busy, but setting aside 10 minutes to mediate can work wonders for all boss babes out there.

7 / SAY 'NO' TO TECHNOLOGY BEFORE BED

Okay, I have a problem. I love technology...maybe too much? Well, I found out that the blue light that comes out from TVs, computers and smartphones are actually what’s stopping people from falling asleep. What should you do? Keep your phone away from your bed! (And I mean far enough to where your hands can’t reach, girl.) Reduce the temptation to scroll through Instagram to see what everyone else is doing. (Although, they’re probably sleeping by that time.)

Bonus tip: if you need to stay up working, try using the  f.lux app  to get rid of the blue light coming from your computer screen.

8 / BATH TIME

Time for the fun stuff! Nobody can deny a bubble bath. Experts say that a bath around bedtime increases sleep quality. Now, that’s what I like to hear! Use a lavender bath bomb to soothe your muscles and relax. Once you try this, you’ll never turn back.

9 / GET EXCITED ABOUT SKINCARE

What better way to prepare for your sleep than to end your day with a nighttime beauty routine? I love night time for this specific reason. One of the best ways to relax at night is to find your ideal serum. Serums are great for nighttime use because they often contain ingredients that don’t mix well with sunlight.

Always choose a serum that’s made for your specific skin issues in mind — whether it’s wrinkles, dullness, uneven tone, etc.If you’re looking for a serum that’ll take care of all those needs at once, check out the Paradox  Retinol Serum, which is packed with only the best ingredients to reduce fine lines and improve your skin complexion. Or for all the ladies out there wanting to wake up with glowing and radiant skin, consider the  Marrakech Liquid Goldhydrating face oil! Queens, let’s pamper ourselves together.

10 / FACE MASKS ARE LIFE

Face masks are also one of my favorite parts of the nighttime skincare routine. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I absolutely love it when I wake up to baby-smooth skin. I mean, who wouldn’t want to wake up and see their skin flawless in the mirror, right? 

Bonus tip: try using a face mask that is designed to keep your skin moisturized. Most people find that their skin gets dry overnight. If you want to learn more about this, make sure to check out our  guide on treating dehydrated skin

Sleeping has never been better! These were some of our tips to get better sleep at night, but we’d love to hear yours in the comment section below. Don’t forget to visit us on  Instagram  to let us know what you want to read next! For more tips and inspiration, follow us on  Pinterest.

Elise Gabriel
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