Whenever I visit my grandmother’s house, we drink tea, watch western movies, and go through her photo albums. I am always shocked whenever I come across photos of her in her forties and fifties because she doesn’t look a day over 27.
What’s her secret? It’s sleep. And lots of it.
A study by the University of Cleveland revealed that people sleep about two hours less than two generations before. It’s no surprise that my grandmother aged so gracefully since people who hit the hay for at least seven hours a night look five years younger.
This finding is quite unfortunate as America is among the countries that get the least amount of shut eye, and women require at least 20 more minutes of sleep every night when compared to men. This is because they engage both sides of their brains through multi-tasking, which causes physical, mental, and emotional fatigue.
Major stress translates to more difficulty falling asleep and lower quality of sleep. This is incredibly disruptive since important transformations happen while you are snuggled up for the night. Throughout the night, cell renewal is doubled compared to that of daytime rates. They say nothing good happens past midnight, however, at 2 AM, cell renewal is eight times more effective than at any other point in the day.
Sleep is a precious resource, therefore, it is important to maximize those short seven hours. This is where Sothy’s comes in to save the day (or, night for that matter).
Sothys just released their three piece nO2ctuelle collection, consisting of a resurfacing overnight cream, a de-stressing sleeping mask, and a relaxing pillow mist, which come in an soothing orange, mandarin, and lemon scent with a cedar base note. The collection is designed to fight against pollutants accumulated throughout the day while you snooze.
When you wake up, your skin is detoxed from the day before and is also ready to defend against harsh environmental toxins such as carcinogens, UV rays, and even heavy metals. This is due to two of the products’ powerhouse ingredients: stabilized Vitamin C and Nasturtium Extract.
Vitamin C is great for its brightening, antioxidant power, and anti-aging benefits. However, it is not stable in the light, heat, or air, which makes stabilized Vitamin C her cooler, younger sister who can do all of that AND more since she can promote cell activity and protect against UV radiation, hyperpigmentation, and inflammation.
Nasturtium Extract is oxygenating, meaning it encourages metabolization and well, breathing. Air toxins, like tobacco smoke, “choke” skin cells, causing them to lose their restorative energy. This is hypoxic stress, which causes aging to happen much quicker. Nasturtium Extract combats this by “training” the cells to adapt to their lack of oxygen.
Not only do these products pack a punch against toxicity, after only a month of use, the nO2ctuelle cream will make your face have the look of a quality night’s rest. EVERY. SINGLE. MORNING. You may not always achieve your seven hours of sleep goal, but hey, at least you can look like you did.
However, sleep isn’t just a numbers game. The quality of sleep is just as important as the number of hours spent dreaming.
This is where the pillow mist comes in. You’ll be asleep before you can start counting sheep because of its calming and soothing essential oils blend. Spritzing it on your pillow before bedtime meditation encourages more restful sleep since you would be taking time away from your phone’s blue light before knocking out.
Blue light is very disruptive since it puts our circadian rhythms out of sync by lowering melatonin levels. Simply putting your phone on “Do Not Disturb” about a half hour before bed can reset your circadian rhythm. Adding in Sothy’s sleeping mask can only help as it’s calming Lindera Extract brings the body’s sleep clock gene back in check.
In the 16th century, the Spanish went searching for the Fountain of Youth. Little did they know, the French had it all along–but they just called it beauty rest. Pairing the French’s powerful secret anti-aging routine of sleep that with an effective nightly skincare regimen makes any non-morning person unstoppable.
Bonne nuit everyone!