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Friday, October 13, 2017

If you’ve tried everything to get a good night’s sleep but in vain, soothe yourself into a peaceful slumber with these simple remedies, says Aakriti Patni

Time immemorial, we’ve been told that the key to beautiful skin, and beauty in general, lies in getting a good night’s sleep. And so, we slip into our cosy pyjamas, under the covers and on to our soft mattress as we prepare to be slowly lulled into a deep, calming sleep. But, since we’re still carrying the stresses of the day, we cannot drift off to sleep. Our minds are racing a mile a minute and we are lying stiff with our eyes wide open. Our plan for a peaceful night’s sleep goes out the window.

While all cases may not be as dramatic, we’re sure that you have experienced a certain degree of difficulty in this regard. So, we’re telling you about what you can do and also about a few products that you can use for a peaceful night’s sleep.

SOAK AND RELAX

A warm bath before bedtime is perhaps the most popular method to unwind after a hard day, but a regular bath with a bath bomb or bath salts doesn’t quite cut it. Instead, opt for a soothing milk-infused bath. The milk will exfoliate your skin, leaving it soft and supple. Create fragrance and romance by adding rose petals, dried lavender or even dried hibiscus leaves to your bath.

  • What we recommend: We think the guava-infused coconut milk soak from Pure Fiji would be the perfect choice to soothe your troubles away. Get it on www.flipkart.com for Rs 7,680.

PEELS AND PACKS

Very often, we take time out to cleanse and revitalize our skin with a face pack or peel. But, rather than enjoying the leisurely routine of a face pack on a weekend, apply one before going to bed at night. Apart from just unclogging your pores and brightening your skin, it will also help you relax. Dim the lights, put on some soft music, light some candles and allow your mind to drift off to sleep.

  • What we recommend: The honey-scented Deep Nourishing Mask from The Body Shop will lull your senses and help you drift off to sleep, but it will also moisturise your skin. Pick it up from the brand’s stores across the city for Rs 2,495.

NIGHT BALMS

A calming blend of fragrant essential oils is sure to soothe your hyperactive mind and cajole you into a state of relaxation. A night balm will induce the sleepy haze that you desperately seek.

  • What we recommend: The rosemary-infused Badger Sleep Balm is refreshing, allowing you to clear your mind and fully relax. Apply it anywhere — on your lips, chest, temples or hands — and inhale the aroma for a wonderful night’s sleep. Get it on www.amazon.com for Rs 1,460.

MOISTURISING AND PAMPERING

The winning combination of essential oils and lavender soothes the body and the mind, allowing you to lower your guard and fully give into the tiredness of the body and the heady fragrance created by the two ingredients. Use any product you like with this combination — a body lotion, a pillow mist or even a sleep spray — to welcome a night of sweet sleep.

  • What we recommend: We love The Relaxing Body Cream from Aromachologie, which is infused with distilled essential oils as well as rosemary and lavender essence. Enriched with sweet almond oil, it will envelop your body in softness, offering pure relaxation. Pick it up from L’Occitane stores across the city for Rs 1,050.

TRANQUIL SLEEP

Welcome a serene night by using a sleep spray because it maximises your relaxation routine. Containing essential oils such as sandalwood, geranium, nutmeg and lavender, the sprays are known to dispel anxiety and stress and induce restful sleep.

  • We recommend: Enter a stress-free zone away from the pressures of everyday life as you indulge in the benefits of deep sleep. Spray the Tranquil Sleep mist from Forest Essentials on your pillow or apply it to the nape of your neck for maximum effect. Pick it up from the brand’s stores across the city for Rs 850.

LUXURY SLEEPING

These products will envelop you in a luxurious cocoon, helping you get a good night’s sleep.

  • Satin pillowcases: Soft and shiny, it’s possibly an unnecessary luxury to sleep on satin pillows, but they have been proven to protect the skin, reduce fine lines and help maintain its elasticity.
  • Perfumed sachets: Storing them on your night stand will allow the sweet smells of lavender and bergamot orange to create a soothing and calming atmosphere in your bedroom.
  • Scented candles: It’s all about the scents when you’re looking for complete tranquillity. Light a scented candle in your bedroom and allow the fragrance to envelop you, calming your mind and body.
  • Eye mask: Use a soft cashmere one to feel feather softness surrounding your eyes or use a calming and cooling gel mask to relieve your eyes.
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