Did you know that 55 per cent of women ages 18 to 64 have a hard time sleeping or staying asleep? When we sleep, our bodies regenerate and repair themselves, so it goes hand-in-hand with feeling good on the inside and out.
There are some tried and true methods to avoid tossing and turning, like keeping your bedroom cool, not looking at the clock or your phone screen and sticking to a regular sleep schedule. But there are also some great products out there that you can add into your bedtime routine to help you get that much-needed rest, naturally.
Green beauty expert Michelle Bilodeau highlights some of her favourite products to help us zonk out on time and stay asleep all night long.
Nine natural beauty products that will help you get a better night’s sleep
OIL & DIFFUSERSaje Wellness Relaxation Diffuser Blend Collection and Saje Aroma Om Jillian Harris Edition Diffuser
Saje’s Relaxation Blend Collection includes the stress release, tranquility and unwind blends. Each blend has the goal to help you relax, whether you’re meditating or watching the new season of This Is Us. You want to create a spa-like atmosphere inside your home or office, which reduces stress and helps with a restful night’s sleep. The collection will last too, since you’re only using 10 to 15 drops at a time. Mix and match blends into your chic Sage diffuser depending on your mood, and for those blistery winter nights remember that your diffuser doubles as a humidifier when you use it without the oils.
BOOSTERWell Told Health Relaxation Booster
Well Told Health is a Canadian brand that launched earlier this year. It’s an organic vitamin brand meaning there are no fillers or synthetics, only plant and fruit-based ingredients. The Relaxation Booster contains organic lemon balm and organic goji berries. Lemon balm is known as a natural sleep aid but it’s actually unrelated to lemon, which is known as a bit of an upper; instead it’s part of the mint family of herbs. Goji berries have one of the highest concentrations of melatonin among edible plants, which is the hormone our body produces to regulate sleep. Pop one of these before bed and you’ll be snoozing in no time!
BATH BOMBBathorium Snooze Bomb
This fizzy bath balm contains patchouli and bergamot to help you unwind, and thanks to the hibiscus flower, tints your bath a beautiful violet shade; talk about an Instagram moment! It also contains coco butter to help hydrate your skin while you soak. Light those candles, put your feet up, and find your Zen with this elevated bath experience.
BODY OILWeleda Relaxing Body and Beauty Oil in Lavender
In aromatherapy, lavender is used to help relax and calm the body and the mind. This oil from Weleda is relaxation in a bottle! Made for normal to dry skin, apply alone or under body lotion. It’s best to layer the thinnest product first and then add a thicker one on top, like a lotion; both products will sink in better that way. This oil will improve hydration and even out any rough patches while also ensuring a relaxing night’s sleep.
BODY LOTIONWoodlot Nourishing Body Lotion in Flora
Another Canadian brand, this time by way of Vancouver, Woodlot started out as an organic candle brand and branched out into skincare. Known for lush, amazing scents, Flora is a blend of lavender, bergamot, cedar and sweet orange. It’s a super hydrating formula that leaves a gentle fragrance behind. Give yourself, or your partner, a little leg massage with this product to help you unwind at the end of the day.
NIGHT TREATMENTHerbivore Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment
From Seattle-based all natural brand Herbivore comes one of the hottest trends right now in beauty – overnight face masks! Superfruit Night Treatment is full of antioxidants from goji berries, prickly pear and raspberry seeds. This treatment hydrates while it resurfaces the skin and has therapeutic calming oils like lavender and sweet orange, so you can sleep better knowing your skin will be glowing come morning.
LIP MASQUEBite Beauty Agave Lip Masque in Lavender
This lip mask by Bite Beauty can be applied before bed for a softer and smoother lip in the morning. It’s super hydrating thanks to lanolin and agave nectar and the hint of lavender is perfect before bedtime. Add this staple to your nighttime routine before the cold weather hits to avoid those dry and chapped lips.
PILLOW SPRAYThis Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
This pillow spray helped launched the British brand This Works. It’s an award-winning bestseller and it just launched in Canada earlier this year. The brand’s staple product contains its proprietary sleep-inducing blend of lavender, vetiver and chamomile and is part of Sephora’s Clean at Sephora section. Spritz onto your pillow before bed and enjoy a peaceful night sleep without sleeplessness-associated anxiety.
If you’re having trouble unwinding after a stressful day, try Spacemasks. The mask itself has the soothing scent of jasmine and it reacts with your body heat by warming up while it sits on your face. Sleep masks are great if you’re having difficulty sleeping due to light sensitivity. Use this mask for 10 – 15 mins before bed, or as a mini reset during the day if you need time to meditate or decompress.