That's why it's called beauty sleep
Published 22/11/2011 | 06:00
Ask any female celebrity and they'll credit their complexions to the power of sleep. It wouldn't be cynical to wonder about the lotions and potions which also deserve credit.
Still, don't underestimate the benefits of shut-eye and it's not just a simple case of going to bed early -- the quality of your sleep counts too.
I've developed some bad habits, such as turning up the central heating as soon as I get home. Although it means that I feel snug as soon as I get under the covers, it doesn't take long for my body to overheat, leading to yet more restlessness.
Don't be tempted to lie in at weekends either -- our bodies love regular routines and in an ideal world we'd synchronise our natural rhythms by getting up at the same time every morning, even on Sundays ...
If you can't quite convert yourself to the benefits of leaping out of bed at 7am at the weekend, here are a few products that should help you to sleep better generally.
Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil, €43.29
This seriously therapeutic and award-winning blend of pure essential oils, combining comforting sandalwood, grounding vetivert and soothing camomile, is 25 years old.
Pour just a capful into a warm bath. I've been known to use this sensual fragrance as a perfume too. Highly recommended.
The Body Shop's Deep Sleep Dreamy Pillow & Body Mist, €13.95
Turn your bedroom into a Zen-like spa by spraying your pillow with this quick-drying mist that's packed with jujube date, a natural remedy for exhaustion. Silksleep Eye Mask, €15.95 (from silksleep.com)
An eye mask might seem redundant during these dark nights but this still has its benefits. Made from 100pc mulberry silk, the mask protects the delicate skin around your eyes and helps to retain moisture.
Dermalogica's Overnight Repair Serum, €63.80
This anti-ageing serum promises to be both corrective and preventative. Apply four to six drops on its own or mix with your night-time cream.
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