Haute Health & Wellness Guru’s Share Their Bedtime Routines

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It's getting to be that time of night, where our heads hit the pillow and we call it a day. But before you can get your beauty sleep on, there are a few things you must do beforehand. Whether that's conducting a luxurious three-pronged skincare routine or listening to a guided sleep meditation, the choice is yours on how you want to put your daily stressors to bed. 

As March is National Sleep Awareness Month, Haute Beauty discussed with Haute Beauty experts the nighttime routines they live by. Here's what they had to say: 

Liquid IV Therapy | Health & Wellness | Miami/Ft. Lauderdale

My nighttime routine begins with putting my son to bed and rubbing lavender on his temples and onto my wrists. We both love the smell and it soothes us! Then, I go into my bedroom and put on some comfy pajamas and after a couple of hours of unwinding while watching TV or reading, I go and take off my make-up with eye/face wipes. No matter how late it is or how tired I am, I always take off my make-up. No matter what! I then use a cleanser for my face and apply heavy moisturizer all over my face and neck. Afterward, I head into bed and review my planner for the following day.

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Dr. Liia Ramachandra | Health & Wellness | Chicago

 1. Wash your face and moisturize. 

Your skin attracts dirt and pollution throughout the day, which will not simply "go away" at night. When you wash your face thoroughly, you free it from impurities that can create problematic skin and allow it to heal and repair. Clean skin while you sleep is important for the natural cycle of cell regeneration. Plus, it will feel fantastic to do this little gesture for yourself at night and go to sleep refreshed and loved! I love to moisturize with EpiLynx perfect cleanser.

2. Listen to a five-minute meditation.

When you meditate, a variety of physiological changes occur. These changes initiate sleep by influencing specific processes in your body. According to the researchers, meditation likely helps in several ways. Sleep problems often stem from stress and worry, but meditation improves your relaxation response. It also improves control of the autonomic nervous system, which reduces how easily you're awakened. Meditation may also increase melatonin (the sleep hormone), increase serotonin (precursor of melatonin), lower heart rate, decrease blood pressure, activate parts of the brain that control sleep. Your body experiences similar changes in the early stages of sleep. As a result, meditation can promote sleep by initiating these changes.

3. Think about the good things that happened that day and set intentions for the next day.

Thinking about great things that happen to you that day will increase feelings of gratitude and, therefore, happiness and relaxation. Setting intentions before sleep may influence dream states, which helps reset your system for more profound healing. Going deeply within and exploring what you intend to focus on opens the gateway for increased clarity and integration.

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