Fashion! Turn to the left. Fashion! Turn to the right. Oooh, fashion – So sang rock legend and trail blazing style icon David Bowie.
Feb 19th – 23rd saw the welcome return of London Fashion week with the fashion crowd descending on the fashion capital of the world – home of Alexander McQueen, Savile Row and Carnaby street. And this weekend sees London Fashion Weekend event begin at the magnificent Saatchi Gallery.
Here at eve we’ve always been very proud of our British style heritage. The world’s most comfortable mattress was conceived and designed in London and is proudly made in the UK. We set out to be the physical embodiment of beauty sleep.
It’s a safe bet that the models parading the catwalks of LFW will be no strangers to beauty sleep. Though the likes of Cara Delevingne and Miranda Kerr no doubt have their flawless features tended to by leading make up artists, they will be the first to admit that there is no substitute for a great night’s sleep when it comes to improving their complexion.
But fear not! If Fashion Week has left you feeling slightly under par, fashion blogger extraordinaire Lorna Luxe (www.lornaluxe.com) has helped us compile some top beauty hacks used by the professionals to aid you:
“A good night’s rest is my secret beauty weapon. I try and make sure all phones/tech are switched off an hour before my head hits the pillow. I’ll snack on lettuce at night time – it has sleep inducing properties and is light on the tummy. Then I climb into bed with eve; you spend a third of your life in bed so I’m in the safest of hands.”
Here are our top beauty sleep tips:
- Take a warm bath before going to bed. Add some relaxing bath oils if you like. The warmth of the water helps relax your body and mind and ready you for sleep.
- Dim the lights and stay off those screens – they emit blue light that keeps us awake. Invest in black-out curtains if you don’t want to wake up at first light and make sure there are no lights in your bedroom at night, even the light from digital clocks can disturb your deep sleep.
- When travelling pack an eye mask and earplugs to make sure you can rest undisturbed in new surroundings.
- Invest in a good pillow and mattress. It can make the world of difference to how you feel in the morning.
- A silk pillowcase will help prevent hair breakage and lessen the pressure on your skin so you don’t wake up with pillow lines all over your face. And the silk feels wonderful on your skin.
- If you feel really awake at night but know that you have to get your beauty sleep, put a couple of drops of lavender oil on your pillow and inhale deeply for a couple of breaths. If you don’t like lavender scent you can use other calming essential oils.
- If your skin feels dry in the morning, especially during the winter months or if you live in a dry climate, put a humidifier in your bedroom. You’ll wake up with plump, moisturized skin.
- What if you wake up in the morning and have fully packed saddlebags under your eyes? No problem. Put a spoon in the freezer for at least 10 minutes or even better just leave a spoon in the freezer for when you need it. Then let the cold spoon rest on your eyes for 10 minutes or gently move it over the swollen parts from the nose to the temples, thereby helping the fluid drain. Voila!
- Make the night work for you! Use an overnight face treatment masque, massage foot cream on your feet and put on socks and slather hand cream and cuticle oil on your hands and use fabric gloves to let it sink in overnight. You’ll wake up perfectly smooth!
- Have a small, light snack before you head off to bed so hunger pangs won’t wake you in the middle of the night and to aid a long and restful sleep. Lorna recommends lettuce as it’s light and has sleep inducing properties, but a glass of milk or a banana also make a good choice.