Lack of sleep and stress are closely linked together. And, during the holidays we're often running low on sleep and high on stress. Here to help us recapture our inner sleeping beauty and combat the negative effects lack of sleep can have on our body is lifestyle expert and editor Pamela Pekerman of PamelaPekerman.com.
THE WIND DOWN
Go to your bedroom at a set time, plan to journal/read no tech
This Works Pillow Spray ($29 at www.thisworks.com)
Natural sleep aid that will fragrance your bed and calm the nerves. CLINICALLY PROVEN 89% of users fell asleep faster than normal 92% of users felt more refreshed in the morning.
iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask ($35, at www.iluminageBeauty.com)
Not only does this help black out light, which will help you sleep better, the eye mask is infused with copper fibers to help stimulate collagen, clinically proven to improve appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in 4 weeks
Shhh Silk 2 Pack White Marble Silk Pillowcases ($139 at www.shhhsilk.com)
Ever woken up with a 'sleep-crease' on your face? While the creases usually go away later the same day, they are an indication of the damage done to your face when sleeping on a cotton pillowcase Plus, Unlike cotton— which promotes split ends, hair breakage and a frizzy morning-after mane — laying your head on some luxurious Shhh silk will keep your hair healthy and even extend your blowout.
THE WAKE UP
Refresh you body, to refresh you mind and easy into the day
Body Dry Brush ($7.99 at Burlington Stores, visit www.BurlingtonStores.com for a store near you)
Your skin is your largest organ, and one simple step you can add to your morning routine that can improve its health is dry skin brushing. Brushing increases circulation to your skin, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste. The act of dry brushing has been described as meditative and may reduce muscle tension, calm your mind, and relieve stress.
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Yogurt Body Wash Apricot & Honey ($7.49 at national mass retailers, visit www.Aveeno.com)
Moisture, hydrate and revitalize dry winter skin + invigorating smell activates inner joy for day ahead. Provides an enriching experience that is good for your skin and your senses. Featuring new Activebind Complex for all-day, long lasting moisture you’ll feel on the skin for 48-hours.
THE MID-DAY WEAPONS
If you're already experiencing lack of sleep, you'll notice its effects on your skin, eyes, hair, even your gut health. Here are some natural cures.
Aubío Hydrating Lip Therapy ($9.99 at Target)
Stress induced cold sores be warned, this daily therapy lip balm revitalizes and soothes lips naturally, with Aubío's proprietary SuperBotanicals complex featuring flowering carnivorous plant, along with skin lipids to protect lips from sunlight, lock in the existing moisture and help to restore hydration.
Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens 20oz ($79 at www.VitalProteins.com)
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, but we begin to produce less over time. Supplement with this non-GMO product to not only provide glowing skin, and improve your digestive system (which is gravely impacted by lack of sleep and stress), but also improve quality of sleep!
PS Collagen is going to be the big “wellness trend” of 2017!
Pam's Collagen Green Smoothie
6oz almond milk
2oz coconut milk
1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens
1 tsp almond paste
1 tsp matcha powder
1 tbsp raw honey
Blend & enjoy.