While most of us relish the thought of crawling into bed after a long day, the very act of falling sleep can be frustrating and rage-inducing when its elusive. Not to mention the well-established link between poor sleep and premature ageing. And in case you needed more things to keep you up at night, research shows that not catching enough zzzzz’s may lead to a compromised skin barrier and even sallow skin. In short, good sleep is fundamental for good skin and that’s where these skincare and wellness products come in.
For the sleep-deprived among us, it involves more than just turning in for the night especially in times of stress or hormonal change. Add doom-scrolling and a touch of revenge bedtime procrastination to the mix and it’s a wonder how we’re getting any qualitative shut eye at all.
Thankfully, there’s no shortage of lifestyle goods and skincare for sleep that make winding down before bed a little easier. Of course, every good night cream has its limits and no serum or lavender-laced essential oil will feel as good as a solid eight hours of sleep will. Yet whether they’re calming candles that set the stage or skincare designed for sleep (think: overnight repair), achieving nocturnal bliss is but a pump, spritz and swipe away with these pro-sleep skincare and wellness treats.
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The Patch Remedy Sleep Patches
Melatonin may not be for everyone. A godsend if you need a herbal sleep remedy but hate popping pills, these vegan stick-on patches incorporate matrix technology to deliver a steady release of herbs, such as relaxing valerian root extract, passionflower and hops, which have long been used to promote a deeper, calmer state. Simply stick these on to a clear patch of skin and allow your body heat to activate the flow of nutrients to penetrate the skin and local capillary system. Adheres for12 to 24 hours and is latex-, gluten- and cruelty-free.
The Patch Remedy Sleep Patches, US$24, available at The Patch Remedy
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Noble Panacea The Exceptional Chronobiology Sleep Mask
Founded by Nobel Prize winner, Sir Fraser Stoddart, Noble Panacea utilises science to power its patented Organic SuperMolecular Vessel Technology, a programmed release sequence of actives that are calibrated to our overnight circadian rhythm. First, this smart sleep mask helps detoxify and exfoliate the skin with polyhydroxy acids and pre- pro- and post-biotics. It then initiates repair with regenerating peptides and renewing retinol to boost collagen production and reduce the look of fine lines. Finally, it nourishes and hydrates the skin with a host of ceramides, hyaluronic acid and antioxidant seed oils to provide lasting suppleness and balanced skin. All you need do is dream on.
Noble Panacea The Exceptional Chronobiology Sleep Mask, $515 for 8 doses, available at Tangs
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Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon Night Gel-Cream
Need fresh, well-rested skin? This gel-cream aims to revitalise skin overnight by optimising nighttime skin repair. Suitable for all skin types, it combats dryness and dehydration with encapsulated, motion-activated sleep-inducing essential oils of calming French lavender, grounding sandalwood and relaxing patchouli. Aromatherapy aside, the formulation harnesses Persian silk tree extract to minimise signs of fatigue, hydrating tamarind seed polysaccharide, and whu zhu yu extract to plump, soften and optimise skin’s radiance.
Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon Night Gel-cream, $158, available at Dermalogica
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Tisserand Sleep Better Diffuser Oil
Formulated by the master of modern aromatherapy Robert Tisserand, Sleep Better Diffuser Oil combines 100 per cent natural pure essential oils of soothing lavender, grounding cedarwood, warm sandalwood and calming jasmine to help you relax and prepare for a blissful night’s sleep. Use it as part of your nightly turndown ritual, being mindful to avoid overstimulating blue light-emitting devices as you prepare to sleep.
Tisserand Sleep Better Diffuser Oil, $20 for 9ml, available at Tisserand
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ThisWorks Deep Sleep Plus Pillow Spray
Nothing calms racing thoughts before bed than this anxiety-busting blend of encapsulated lavender, camomile and vetiver essential oils. Spritz the vegan-friendly mist over your pillow and linens to usher you to a better night’s rest or lull you back to sleep if you’re experiencing bouts of wakefulness. The specially selected blend not only works to calm and ground the mind, but also prepares the body for a tranquil night’s sleep. Best of all, it’s free of parabens, phthalates, genetically modified organisms and sulphates.
ThisWorks Deep Sleep Plus Pillow Spray, $75 for 100ml, available at Sephora
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L'Occitane Cocon de Sérénité Relaxing Candle
Think calm, think lavender, right? Not so when it comes to L’Occitane’s unique candle offering. Lending a touch of Provence to any space, this vegetable wax candle is blended with soothing petitgrain, orange and rose for a truly serene experience.
L’Occitane Cocon de Sérénité Relaxing Candle, $48, available at L’Occitane