The way you start and end your day are equally important. However, nighttime routines are often neglected or even non-existent for some. From your skin to your overall mental health, an effective nighttime routine can make all the difference in the quality of sleep you are getting every night. (Raise your hand if you need all the shut-eye you can get?!)
Creating consistency and incorporating a few self-care techniques before bed will help you relax and reduce sleep issues. I have my own routine that calms me before bed and best prepares me for the next day, and I’d like to share that with you.
Below you’ll learn all about my top 4 nighttime habits, and from there I invite you to think about what would best serve you on a nightly basis.
1. Skincare Regimen: My first and foremost step in my nighttime routine is a strong skincare regimen. This is crucial for all ages. And even if you are exhausted after a long day, traveling or didn’t wear makeup that day, you still need to wash your face before bed. Washing your face before your night’s rest can help reduce breakouts and prevent wrinkles. A few products I use post-face wash are a conditioning toner (deep cleans all dirt and grime your face wash missed), an anti-inflammatory face oil, followed by a nighttime anti-aging moisturizer and eye cream. Once a week I do a clarifying mud mask to remove impurities, and on the weekends I’ve really been enjoying my jade roller for de-puffing and sculpting.
2. Bedtime Tea: One of my favorite things before bed is relaxing with a cup of hot tea. Yogi brand Bedtime Tea is my go-to! It helps me unwind and hydrate before bed while I am waiting for my facial oil to fully absorb into my skin, which is important to do before you apply your moisturizer. Keep a variety of teas on hand with the specific purpose to help you sleep well so that you keep this part of your routine fresh. I’ve found this also helps with my bedtime snack cravings ☺
3. Cuticle Oil and Moisturizing Hand Cream. This is one of the many lessons I learned from my mother growing up. To this day, her skin is still fresh and flawless! Not tending to your hands can be easily overlooked, but it is an important step in your anti-aging routine. (And only takes a couple of minutes!) Once in bed and sipping my tea, I apply cuticle oil (I love Butter London’s cuticle oil best) to my nail bed and then apply a very rich hand cream all over my hands. The best part of this step is I wake up with hands that look like I just had a manicure!
4. Electronic-Free Hour Before Bed. Turn off electronic devices at least an hour before going to sleep. This may be a challenge for some of you, especially if you’re like me and do much of your business online. However, according to the SleepFoundation.org, using a device within an hour of going to bed can actually stimulate you physiologically and psychologically; thus, making it difficult to fall asleep. Interesting fact: The artificial blight light from the devices suppresses the release of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, and makes it more difficult to fall asleep.
The more you do this and make this part of your day a non-negotiable, the better you will look and feel, not to mention the better you will sleep.
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