Your seven hours of shut-eye (on a good night) aren't just your mind and body's time to recharge—with the right products, it's also the perfect opportunity to wake up to a better complexion, too. But is your nighttime skincare routine secretly sabotaging your sleep quality? If you're not paying attention to fragrance, that might be the case.
Just like scents like lavender and chamomile are known to help with relaxation, other fragrances are scientifically shown to energize and stimulate—not exactly what we're looking to do around bedtime. This means that if the moisturizer you like to slather on before calling it a night contains peppermint, for example, you could be making it tougher for yourself to fall asleep—and stay asleep.
As annoying as it is to add yet another item to the laundry list of things that are interfering with our sleep, the good news is that this particular factor is much easier to reverse than, say, cutting back on your daily caffeine consumption. It's all a matter of being a little choosier with your products—and we're happy to help. Keep reading to see which scents to avoid and embrace for a better night's sleep.
Save the refreshing scent of peppermint for your 3 p.m. slump at the office: Studies show that the fragrance boosts mental function, memory, and productivity. Sleepiness? Not so much.
Reach for lavender instead: The calming floral scent has been shown time and again to encourage faster, deeper sleep.
We tend to associate the fiery spice with warmth and coziness (hello, chai latte), but research shows that it's a hot ticket to an energy boost. Not to mention it's the ultimate enabler for late-night Amazon browsing: Scientists have found that we're actually more likely to buy things after sniffing cinnamon.
Still craving a sweet foodie scent? Vanilla is such a source of stress-relief that it's actually often used to calm patients undergoing CAT scans.
While the zesty scent can help reduce stress, it also gives us a cognitive boost—not so ideal when we're trying to wind down.
Aside from firming and lifting skin, this formula is like the perfect night of sleep in night-cream form: In small doses, tangerine helps us to relax and drift off to dreamland, while jasmine has been shown to encourage a deeper sleep (some scientists even refer to it as "natural Valium")—not to mention a nice mental boost upon waking.
This fragrance is an aromatherapy favorite for a grounding, calming effect.
Did you know this about your favorite beauty products? What's your favorite scent to relax?