When that mug of Sleepy Time Tea doesn't seem to be doing the trick, the answer to kick-starting your REM cycle could lie in your skincare regime—namely, Elizabeth Arden's innovative mask. The soothing freesia, jasmine, vanilla, and sandalwood scent used in the brand-new Ceramide Overnight Firming Mask ($88; elizabetharden.com) draws upon the art and science of aromatherapy to promote a more relaxed state, and eventually, lull you to sleep. Arden's Research and Development labs actually conducted a clinical study comprised of 26 individuals, who each wore the mask while getting an MRI brain scan. When the results were reviewed, 100 percent of the participants were found to have an increase in neural activity in the parts of the brain connected to happiness and relaxation, and in the psychological assessment, each subject claimed to feel less-stressed, happier, and more satisfied.
Lullaby-esque qualities aside, the formula itself is pretty groundbreaking. The mix of amino acids and minerals tap into your skin's natural repair process to boost the production of collagen and elastin. You'll wake up to a firmer, more hydrated complexion, not to mention, it's lightweight enough to not leave a smear mark on your pillow Talk about giving beauty sleep a literal meaning.