A Guide to Natural “Beauty Sleep”

We spend almost half of our lives in bed, so we might as well make the most of it! Sleep is an amazing healing process, but there are ways to make it even more productive. Here are a few tips to take your beauty sleep to the next level:

Remove your makeup. After an exhausting day, it may be tempting to hit the sheets without washing your face. Don’t give in to this temptation! Sleeping with your makeup on habitually can leave your eyelashes brittle, your pores clogged, and your skin splotchy and prematurely aged. Take a minute to wash your face, or take two and oil cleanse! This is my favorite way to remove makeup, cleanse my skin, and moisturize all in one!

Oil Cleansing

Moisturize. Waking up to chapped lips or dry skin is the worst, so I always keep my Everyday Coconut Body Lotion and favorite Portland Bee Balm Chapstick on my nightstand and load up before bed.

Invest in a Natural Eye Cream. It’s nice to at least appear well rested, right? Here’s where dark circles and puffy eyes go to die: Acure Organic’s Eye Cream.

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Silk/Satin/Sateen. Sleeping with a silk pillowcase or a silk sleep mask can keep your skin moisturized and can even reduce fine lines. I am obsessed with my cat and bear sleep masks from Etsy – I think I want the cloud shaped one next! Silk pillowcases are also great for reducing frizz and keeping your hair smooth and soft (I’ve heard silk night caps are even better…if you don’t mind looking a little silly).

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Sleep with a humidifier. If you’re prone to dry skin, a humidifier can do wonders! This winter I’ve been sleeping with a humidifier on, and I’ve noticed such a difference when I wake up – much smoother, softer skin.

Drink tea before bed. We all know that a cup of tea before bed is supposed to help you sleep. Choosing the right kind of tea can also be great for your skin! Non-caffeinated teas with organic ingredients like fennel, dandelion, ginger, aniseed, etc. are great for liver health (which directly relates to your skin’s health!). My current fav is this Pukka Detox Tea.

cleansing tea for clear skin

Sleep More. Getting your “beauty sleep” is more important than you might think! Sleeping gives our bodies time to recover and repair. Without enough sleep, our bodies produce extra cortisol (the stress hormone), which can lead to inflammation and less collagen production, among other issues. What does this mean for your skin? More breakouts, more fine lines, and less of that lovely “glow.” Make time for rest and sleep – your body will thank you!

Sweet dreams!

See my related post: Embracing your Bed Head
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Natalie | Circus & Bloom - What wonderful tips! I need to buy some of these products. Also, how cute are those cat and bear masks??

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Lena | Portland Senior Photos

Just wanted to share a few favorite images from Lena’s senior session! I actually met Lena as a bridesmaid in a wedding I photographed a few summers ago, and I was thrilled when she asked me to take her senior photos. She is a total adventurer (just check out her Instagram!) and has such an easy-going style. This was a really fun session for me!

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So cute!
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Lena is being way too casual about how perfect her hair looks:
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I am really missing these flowers right now — Can’t wait for spring!
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Lena, I’m so glad we had the chance to work together on this shoot! I hope we’ll find another excuse for a photoshoot some day! : )
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