The Beauty Rest Guide

This post was inspired by a prompt from Casper.

This past Monday was National Relaxation Day, which had me thinking about all of the ways I love to relax. Incidentally, one thing that I find super relaxing is watching YouTube videos on or reading blog posts about other people's relaxation routines.

Whenever I've had an exhausting day or a long week, the first thing that I like to do when I arrive home from work is take a good nap. I've always had a strange love affair with napping because it seems to be the solution for so many problems. Feeling grumpy or annoyed? Take a nap. Didn't sleep well the night before? Nap. In college, my roommate and I would bond by locking ourselves in the dorm to take long, afternoon naps before dinner. 

These days, I like to take advantage of all the benefits naps have to offer and that often means incorporating skincare into my afternoon sleep. Casper---the super innovative mattress start-up you always hear about on Rich Roll's podcast---put together a great Napping 101 Guide that will help you make the most of your sleep sessions and I've added on a few ideas of my own: 

The Beauty Rest Guide

Remove all makeup
Even though you may not be down for the night, be sure to remove all makeup from your face before even taking an afternoon nap. In addition to keeping your pillowcases clean, this will also prevent your pores from becoming clogged and will allow skincare products to be absorbed properly. Use a gentle cloth remover or your favorite micellar water.

Blend a serum into your cream moisturizer
When taking a beauty nap, I like to blend a serum into a heavier moisturizer in order to create a stronger treatment. Recently, I've been using Caudalie's Premier Cru elixir and cream to create a rich blend that will nourish your skin with several highly effective anti-aging ingredients such as resveratol, viniferine, and grapeseed polyphenols. 

Apply a sleep balm to your temples and wrists
To help induce a deep sleep, apply Badger Sleep Balm to your temples, wrists, and even under your nose. The balsam fir, bergamot, and lavender scent will put you to sleep immediately and help to relax your mind which is often needed for effective afternoon napping.

Create a relaxing sleep environment
To ensure the most relaxing environment, spray your sheets and pillow cases with a relaxing lavender linen spray made from essential oils and water mixed with vodka or witch hazel. Set your room to a cold temperature to ensure a restful sleep and to reduce sweating. If possible, incorporate a humidifier to help add moisture to your skin, nostrils, and lungs.

Sleep on your back
Sleeping on your back is the best way to prevent breakouts, fine lines, and wrinkles during your sleep routine. It's also the best position for your lungs and organ function which is important for detoxing. It can be hard for many people to sleep on their back. If that is the case for you, try propping up your arms with pillows on either side. This is more comfortable and will also sort of lock you in the position.

What are your napping habits? Do you have a beauty rest skincare routine?