1. This Works
Mist this lavender-packed spray on pillows and sheets before getting into bed for a fast-acting sleeping beauty boost. Hey, stress? What stress? What stress?
Sleep Balm, $10.98
This balm does just what it promises on the cute tin when you cannot sleep. To make the day’s tension go away, the certified organic sleep aid mixes calming essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, bergamot and balsam fir. Only rub some on your chest or temples, breathe deeply and relax.
Moon Mist, $24 at FIG+YARROW
It will be hard for even night owls to avoid the lulling influence of the Moon Mist. It is referred to as the “ticket to a nocturnal riverboat ride to dreamland.” Calming essential oils are combined with crystal water to improve sleep with a little moondust (mica) thrown in for good measure.
4. Dr Teal’s
Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution Soothe & Sleep With Lavender, $5.99 at Ulta Beauty
Wondering how to get a better sleep? At the end of the day, a warm bath before you hit the sheets will help you cool down. To relieve muscle aches and facilitate a deeper sleep, throw in some lavender bath salts.
5. Palermo Body
Tranquility Aromatherapy Oil, $32 at Palermo Body
Battle nervous exhaustion? Couldn’t your brain be turned down? Dabbing on this aromatherapy oil makes it go into sleep mode. To soothe the senses and offer soothing feelings of nostalgia, the blend of blue yarrow, lavender and cypress is intended.
Nighty Night Bath Essence Book, $24 at Erbaviva
This sleep aid may be intended for children, but for adults, it works just as well. Formulated to encourage tranquility with sandalwood, lavender and chamomile, just add a few drops to a bath and let the essence wash away the day’s tension.
Dreaming Etheric Inhalation Oil, $27 at Farmaesthetics
Heat up this inhalation oil for a rare, relaxing aromatherapy experience when you can’t sleep. Just rub a few drops between your hands or dab on a light bulb with some of the essential oils, then breathe in the vapors of lavender and clary sage. For a soothing facial steam, a few drops of this natural sleep aid may also be applied to hot water.
Botanical Sleep Fragrance, $65 at Musely
In Chanel N°5, Marilyn Monroe may have slept famously, but this scent of sleep is for those who want to smell good and get some shut-eye. There are notes of French lavender, vanilla and rose to help sleep in the “fragrance with function”
9. Tata Harper
Aromatic Bedtime Treatment, $60 at Tata Harper
No time in the tub to soak? Chill out by applying this therapy to pulse points after a rough day and inhaling the calming fragrance. It is formulated with an aromatherapy blend that is intended to foster peace and tranquility feelings.
Sleepy Body Lotion, $21.95 at Lush
Before you can even understand the way the cocoa butter-rich formula hydrates skin, you’ll be counting sheep from this lavender and tonka lotion.
One of the paradoxes of our time-poor, high-intensity lives is that we never get the amount of sleep recommended. And when we eventually put on our pillows with our sleep-deprived heads, we toss and turn until wee hours later. What’s the giving? It does not support thoughts about constant to-do lists, impending deadlines and what’s trending on Twitter. We know how important sleep is, so we turn to sleep aids often to help us catch those much-needed zzzs. Meditation, Relaxing teas, and bubble baths can work wonders, but we sometimes need something special to decompress and drift off to dreamland. But there’s an option for those of us who can’t sleep and don’t want to succumb to medication: beauty sleep aids.
Beauty sleep aids, not to be confused with sleeping pills, are not prescription drugs. They are equivalent to traditional bath and body goods, but they are formulated to help us relax with soothing ingredients such as lavender and chamomile. Some are available in lotions, oils for aromatherapy and even sprays for pillows, making it easy to integrate into your evening routine. Read on for some of the finest beauty items that in no time will help lull you to sleep.