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How to sleep well: A bedtime beauty routine

Sleep, it’s something that most of us would like more of, but finding the time to catch the six to nine hours that doctors recommend can be a difficult balancing act. 

In fact, we’re slowly becoming a nation desperate for more rest. A report by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) found that ‘‘the UK public is under-sleeping by an average of almost an hour every night – which amounts to losing an entire night’s sleep over the course of a week.’’ That’s quite a lot of shut eye to catch up on!

Aside from a short temper and difficulty focusing at work, lack of sleep can also contribute to a number of health issues. While there are factors we can’t change, there are things we can do to improve the quality of the sleep we do get, and setting a relaxing bedtime routine can help you to switch off and sleep a little deeper.

Soak it off

A hot bath about two hours before bed can help you to unwind. The drop in body temperature after a long hot soak mimics the temperature drop that happens naturally before sleep.

Lush Spa therapist Emma Logan says: “A hot bath before bed encourages a great night’s sleep and prepares the body for bedtime as it relaxes the muscles and helps to reconnect the mind and body.”

To help with relaxation, Deep Sleep Bath Bomb contains a sleepy blend of Lavender and chamomile. It's a perfect bathtime partner and for a double hit of sleep inducing ingredients, combine your evening soak with Beauty Sleep hydrating Face Mask. It's decadent formula of Lavender, Lemon Verbena and Valerian Root will help you to feel calm and relaxed.

Try a facial massage

Tension builds up in our face muscles throughout the day, so a facial massage can not only help to lull us into a soporific state, it also increases blood flow to the skin, making it look tighter and brighter.

Emma explains: “Massage can help to relax tense facial muscles, clear sinuses and relieve headaches. The skin works hard throughout the night to renew skin cells, so massage supports this. Any products you use during the process can also promote repair and renewal.”

Using aromatic products while massaging can boost the soothing effects of the massage, Emma says: “Oils such as lavender, ylang ylang, chamomile and sandalwood can promote sleep and relaxation, look out for these ingredients in products.”

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And breathe…

Scenting your skin or bedroom can create a pacifying atmosphere before bedtime, making it easier to drift off. Popular sleep enhancing fragrances include lavender, jasmine, bergamot and ylang ylang. These essential oils can help to slow the heart rate, calm the nervous system, reduce anxiety and improve mood. Try surrounding yourself with these snooze-inducing scents and sink deep into dream time. Twilight Sleep Spray, containing soothing Lavender, Tonka and Ylang Ylang oils offers exactly this, aiding relaxation before bed.

Lights out

Alongside a dreamy bedtime beauty routine, there are plenty of other ways to turn your room into a sleep sanctuary, from filling your room with air cleansing plants, to softer lighting. Emma adds: “Avoiding technology before bed is always a good idea and gradually dimming the lights so that your body adjusts works wonders too.”

Finally, look out for products containing essential oils which can increase the quality of your rest and help you to feel rejuvenated. Go on, sleep on it.


Comments (11)

about 2 years ago

I was having trouble sleeping.... waking every hour through every night but using Twilight shower gel before bed then spraying twilight on my pillow has really helped my sleep pattern to improve.... Is there any possibility of the lullaby shampoo bars being made again?


about 2 years ago

This may or may not be helpful but if you can get to the 29 Highstreet store in Poole, buy their temple balm ( I think it’s called dream time? ) as it’s nice to do a facial/temple massage before bed and if you take deep breaths inhaling the balm, it will help you sleep so much. I struggle staying and getting to sleep and this has really helped me. Xx - Maddy

about 2 years ago

please bring back Twilight shower gel...Many of my friends love it but can't afford gift sets?


about 2 years ago

Use sleepy!!!

about 3 years ago

Can't you bring Twilight shower gel back all year round in all stores? I know many friends who love it but can't afford Relax gift boxes all the time

about 3 years ago

I need help my son as adhd and sleeps about 3 hrs a night


about 2 years ago

Have you done hot bathes or asmr videos on YouTube!


about 3 years ago

I know this is an old comment, but have you tried the sleepy cream? and also buying an 'ocean floor projector'? If you give him a bath before bed, then rub the sleepy cream on his chest and / or back, with the ocean projector light on (very calming colours and motions) and you can either play calm music, audio books etc through the speaker of the light. It's absolutely brilliant. x


about 3 years ago

I often prefer a shower before bedtime, will you be bringing back Twilight shower gel? Thanks.


about 3 years ago

It came back on the 6th in store in the UK. It comes back every Christmas but is available in a few gift sets through the year
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