BeautySleep is a liquid supplement that claims to not only help you fall asleep quickly and soundly, but that you will wake up looking more beautiful. This is because they state BeautySleep is a beauty enhancing sleep drink with all natural ingredients that are clinically proven to give you some shut-eye as well as nourish, enhance, and rejuvenate your skin.
How BeautySleep Works
BeautySleep touts its natural ingredients are blended into a patented formula they call Sensara Plus, which they claim work together to give you rest as well as enhance your skin from the inside out.
They list the main ingredients as: melatonin, grape seed & green tea, acai berry, lutein, chamomile, GABA (an amino acid produced by the body), valerian root, B-Vitamins, and selenium. They add BeautySleep Beauty Enhancing Sleep Drink has no sugar, no calories, and yet still tastes great.
To use BeautySleep to sleep and enhance your beauty they instruct you to drink it just before you go to bed. They promise the sleep-inducing ingredients (melatonin, chamomile, GABA, valerian) will lull you into a deep, peaceful slumber, while the beauty-boosting ones (lutein, B-Vitamins, selenium, grape seed/green tea, and acai berry) have antioxidants that neutralize free radicals, boost collagen, and smooth skin working at the cellular level to slow down the effects of aging.
When you wake up the next morning, BeautySleep exclaims not only will you not feel groggy but if you look at yourself in the mirror, you will see a younger-looking and more beautiful reflection staring back at you.
$3.99 for the first 16 oz. bottle of BeautySleep Beauty Enhancing Sleep Drink. After 18 days (14 day trial period plus 4 days for shipping) unless you call to cancel, you will be enrolled in an auto-ship program and sent 2 bottles of BeautySleep every 30 days and charged $79, which includes shipping.
BeautySleep offers a refund for all unopened bottles of their products, minus what it costs you to ship them back.
Bottom Line: Will BeautySleep Give Me Sleep and Make Me Beautiful?
We understand and sympathize with the need to get a good night’s rest. BeautySleep adds additional allure by not only promising to help you sleep and wake up feeling refreshed, but also that your skin will look younger.
However, there are a few things we’d like to make you aware of. First of all, there is no conclusive evidence that any of these supposed sleep-enhancing ingredients are truly effective. UC Berkeley Wellness looked at many of these ingredients including melatonin, valerian, and GABA and stated that its effects are “weak and unpredictable and their long-term safety unknown.”
The Mayo Clinic says that melatonin has been shown to help with jet lag or day sleeping, but is generally recommended only for short-term use and could have side effects when used with other medications.
A 2012 report of more than 200 herbal insomnia treatments published in Evidence-Based and Complimentary and Alternative Medicine found most studies to be poorly designed and could come to no conclusions about their effectiveness.
As to the beauty enhancing side of BeautySleep, evidence is similarly lacking that these ingredients will have any benefit to the way you look. We did find one study on lutein that seemed to show it promoted eye and skin health, but it was done by a company that sells a product that contains lutein.
However, it is true that if you get enough sleep you will probably not have puffiness or dark circles and will most likely look better; you’ll probably feel better, too. Sleep is thought to be the time when our body naturally replenishes itself, but a supplement like BeautySleep won’t take you to the level of deep sleep that will allow this to happen.
And let’s not forget, that while the first bottle is just $3.99, you will be charged $79 a month for more bottles of BeautySleep, which itself may give you insomnia.
How To Get Some Sleep
So many people have trouble getting enough beauty rest, but there are a few things we’ve learned to help with the problem that require no pills or liquids. Some of these are outlined in an article from WebMD, which we summarize as:
- Use earplugs and/or sleep mask
- Avoid caffeine
- Reduce stress with exercise, but not within 2 hours of bedtime
- Try meditation
Avoid large meals before sleep
If these tips don’t work, talk to your doctor and get their recommendations.
Let us know your experience with BeautySleep below!