Most of the time when I give out beauty tips they involve what cream to use or maybe which foods to eat – but today I’m going to let you in on a different kind of beauty secret: ear plugs. Yes, yes, yes y’all, after the week I’ve had, I realize that maybe one of the best things to avoid eye bags and dehydration is a set of ear plugs.
Ben and I used to use ear plugs when we lived at Yonge and Bloor, because it was hard to sleep or feel sane on a street that always had traffic (you’d be surprised how many people own Harley Davidsons) or even more dreaded… a parade. And it wasn’t just the loud noises that we wanted to guard against (though bag pipes from the St Paddy’s day parade were especially grating), but all the subtle noises that prevented us from getting really deep, quality sleep.
So recently when I woke up exhausted, puffy and looking awful from interrupted sleep due to Ben’s snoring, it made me think that my ear plugs need revisiting. Ben had been away in the Dominican for a friend’s wedding and after a week of excellent sleep, I realized how vibrant, hydrated (due to unstressed kidneys) and balanced rest makes you feel.
But ear plugs aren’t only useful for protection against noisy snorers, a friend of mine uses them throughout the day. She says that they help her block out the chaos of modern life and she uses them when she needs focus, grounding and peace. And an attractive women in her forties, looking a decade younger than she is, I think she may be on to something.
So if you’re like me, and feel that stress may be accelerating aging – try addressing poor quality sleep and scatteredness. Hey, it may be as simple as putting a plug in it.