The Art of Sleep and Beauty

“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”

-Thomas Dekker

Many view sleep as a luxury, but it is a luxury you can’t afford to live without.

According to the Royal Society for Public Health in Britain, statistics show that people are undersleeping by one hour per night! That is an awful lot of lost sleep in a lifetime. Linked to medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, getting enough sleep is not just about feeling fresh and rejuvenated in the morning but is a major factor in maintaining health and wellbeing. Apart from links to disease and health conditions, lack of  sleep can make our skin dull and lifeless, our eyes tired and swollen and our hair dry and brittle.

So with sleep becoming a major issue in the 21st Century, why do we lose out on it? A number of factors including high pressure work patterns, lack of exercise and sedentary lifestyles, escalating stress levels and an increase in caffeine intake, alongside tired minds and eyes from computer and mobile screens, all result in a vicious circle leading to people with overstimulated psyches.

Indeed, so prevalent has this issue become in today’s modern world, that heavyweight players such as Google and Apple have invested in research and new developments to do with monitoring and improving sleep incorporated in their products. Apart from the tech giants getting in on the scene, we have also seen in the past decade, a sharp rise in the number of people practising disciplines related to restorative relaxation such as yoga, tai chi and mindfulness. When schools begin to introduce programmes of meditation in classes, you know something’s up.

If however your aim is to move away from more technology, which is one of the culprits in our lack of sleep and relaxation, or you simply don’t have the time to practice and commit to a spiritual path, the alternative plant-based, herbal and aromatherapy route may just be the answer. With global beauty brands such as CLARINS always choosing, ‘…a natural ingredient over a chemical one, if it delivers the same level of effectiveness,’ the myth that herbal remedies and plant-based products are merely old wives’ tales and ineffective has been proven wrong by the ever-increasing popularity of beauty treatments which use alternatives to modern chemicals. Products such as CLARINS Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate, 200ml. at £20 from Frontlinestyle Perfumery is the perfect antidote to daily stresses and strains. It soothes and relaxes tired muscles with its blend of Basil, Camomile, St.John’s Wort, Linden and Valerian extracts all known for their healing, uplifting and relaxing properties.

Also available at Frontlinestyle, NEOM ORGANICS have a wonderful 100% natural collection called ‘Scent to Sleep’ which includes Perfect Night’s Sleep Pulse Point; a roller containing English lavender, sweet basil and jasmine plus 16 other essential oils designed for your pulse points and formulated to send you into the sweet arms of sleep. At just £8 for 5ml. it is truly a well deserved rest which won’t break the bank. NEOM’s Nourish, Breathe & Sleep Hand Balm at £15 for 50ml. will metaphorically rock you to sleep with well-known relaxants;  lavender, chamomile and patchouli alongside 11 other essential oils and the shea butter simultaneously nourishes and softens tired, dry hands.

If you’re longing for a holiday or at least a spa break but cannot find the time or funds to indulge, L’Occitane’s Aromachologie range is just the ticket. Relaxing Pillow Mist, 100ml. at £18 is a divine mist designed to be sprayed around the bedroom and bed sheets to promote calm and relaxation prior to going to sleep. Made with essential oils of lavender, bergamot, mandarin, sweet orange and geranium, these all-time classics in the world of aromatherapy create perfect peacefulness and tranquility. L’Occitane Relaxing Body Cream at £35 for 200ml. is the ideal for soothing and softening, ‘offering a moment of pure relaxation,’ for pure indulgent release. Relaxing Shower Gel, £16 for 250 ml.helps you enjoy a feeling of well-being and relaxation with a blend of essential oils specially selected for their relaxing qualities. If you prefer to soak away your stresses with a luxurious bath, Aromachologie Relaxing Bath Salts at £20 for 300g. can be scattered into warm, deep waters allowing their 100% natural, soothing aroma to envelop you.

For a break from everyday life, even for an hour or so, we highly recommend CLARINS Tri-Active Facials, also available at Frontlinestyle Hair and Beauty Salons in Bath and Wells. Offering 60-90 min. treatments designed to restore and rejuvenate on all levels, CLARINS Tri-Active Facials come in a range of treatments delivering amazing results for each individual. Choose from 5 facials with each facial being unique and perfectly adapted to you. At the heart of each treatment is a 25 minute anti-ageing facial massage which lifts, firms and sculpts the contours of the face giving immediately visible rejuvenating effects.

The Clarins Deluxe Tri-Active Facial is the ultimate high performance, results driven facial. This treatment is clinically proven to deliver exceptional, visible and immediate results. Your treatment will be personalised to you and your skin’s needs using a blend of CLARINS PRO Formula products. It focuses upon relaxation and wellbeing and will restore your skin as if you have actually had a full night’s sleep! It also includes either a 20 minute deeply soothing back massage or a 20 minute scalp and foot massage for a sublimely relaxing experience. Truly divine!

70 mins. at £68        |       90 mins. at £82

For further information about CLARINS Tri Active Facials at Frontlinestyle or advice on the products in this section, please call us on Tel: 01749 672225 (Wells salon) and 01225 478478 (Bath salon.)