Sleeping Beauty


There was once a firm divide between the products we used on our face and body for aesthetic purposes and the sleep aids we employed to send us into dreamland each evening. But as the intersection between beauty and wellness continues to narrow, brands are starting to offer items that cover both requirements, from body oils to bath soaks and any number of sensory soothers.

The combination is a clever one. Despite all the TED Talks and podcasts, we’ve digested that preach the life-spanning benefits of proper sleep, for most of us, it’s still not ranking high enough on our list of priorities. In fact, according to The Sleep Health Foundation, we’re in the midst of a sleep crisis, with an estimated 7.4 million Australians regularly falling short of the mandated eight hours in the 2016-17 financial year.

By now, we know that a lack of sleep impact the way we look and feel, so cultivating some solid sack time should be intrinsic to our evening beauty routines. Brands are finally responding in just the way we hoped, with dual-purpose beauty products that are expressly formulated to help us get better shut-eye and encourage a fresh glow come morning. But these aren’t just products designed to be applied before bed — they’ve been purpose-built with sleep-inducing ingredients to help you slumber sooner, while also treating the skin topically. We’re talking seriously souped-up tranquilizers for maximum relaxation.


Take Indie Lee’s Overnight Facial Oil, which is an all-natural combination of complexion-brightening constituents, such as rosehip and jojoba, blended with the soothing properties of lavender. Or This Works’ Deep Sleep Night Oil – the topical incarnation of the brand’s famous sleep spray. It promises to hydrate and restore tired limbs, promoting “rested radiance”. Similarly, Lush’s Sleepy Body Lotion has garnered a cult-like following, heralded for its ability to send even the most stubborn night owl into slumber.

The jury is still out on the science behind sleep skincare, but for now? We’ll take all the help we can get.

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