5. Have an unwind routine
Destressing and unwinding have a key role to play in staying youthful, as the effects of stress often show up first in our faces and bodies. 41 year old songstress Alicia Keys knows the importance of taking time out to chill, and her nightly “getting unready” routine helps her get in the mood for some downtime at the end of a busy day.
To create the right environment for relaxation, the singer first applies a rich body butter, gets into her most comfortable clothes, and lights candles and incense. Alicia then cleanses her face to remove all impurities before applying a sulfur-based treatment to any pimples, and finishes up by drinking a cup of herbal tea and climbing into bed with a book. We heart this routine and think we’ll be adopting it ourselves as a way to get into the ideal frame of mind after a hard day!
Indulging in a chill down routine like Alicia is the ideal way to say bye to the stresses of the day and get in the right frame of mind for a good night’s sleep. Preparing for bedtime by doing relaxing things like burning candles, helps you de-stress more effectively, so you can optimize your quality of sleep.