Just like I have 5 things I do every morning, I also have a set list of things I do every single evening before bed. Bedtime routines are ideal for helping set the tone for getting ready to go to bed and fall asleep easily, making sure you’re rested and ready for the day ahead. My evening routine, like my morning routine, is flexible based on what is actually happening, but there are several things I do every night, regardless of what is going on, what time it is, or what I’ve been up to this evening.
Beauty experts everywhere will emphasize the importance of “taking the day off “of your face at the end of the day. Makeup, dirt, grime, and everything else we encounter throughout the day needs to get washed off. This helps prevent clogged pores, acne, aging, and is overall just good common sense. The older I get, the more I’m getting into skincare instead of makeup. A solid evening skincare routine is relaxing (warm water, rubbing in moisturizer and serums, etc feels very pampering and spa-like) and so beneficial. I’ve got several steps in my evening skincare, and I’m really loving the results I’m seeing as I prioritize this routine each and every night.
- Remove makeup with an oil-based cleanser
- Swipe micellar water over my face to make sure the makeup is all gone
- Cleanse with a cream cleanser
- My new favorite exfoliating peel pads
- A moisturizing serum
- Night Cream
- Eye Cream
- My all-time favorite nighttime lip moisturizer
2. Essential Oils
Every night I load up the essential oil diffuser on my nightstand with a mix of oils that help with sleep. It’s always some combination of lavender, vetiver, cedarwood, chamomile, and bergamot. Sometimes all at once, sometimes just a few of them, but it’s always a delightful aromatherapy experience. The quiet hum of the diffuser also doubles as a little bit of a white noise machine.
3. Magnesium Drink
This might seem like a silly thing to have as an important part of my night time routine, but drinking my Natural Calm magnesium supplement every night has become an essential part of getting me to relax and get to sleep. I’m a bit of an insomniac so I’m trying to find natural ways to help combat this issue, and I’ve found Natural Calm really helps. Magnesium naturally helps calm the muscles and helps your system relax. I’ve found that making a serving of this every night really helps my body chill out a bit and helps my muscles/nerves relax enough to help aid me in falling asleep. It’s a great product that comes in several flavors and formulas and is now always in my home. I drink it about an hour before I plan on going to bed, and it works like a charm.
4. Set up the coffee maker
Pro tip: if your coffee maker has a timer feature on it, use it. There is nothing more wonderful than wandering out into the kitchen first thing in the morning and having the coffee already made. It takes 90 seconds to get your coffee maker set up and the payoff you get in the morning is well worth taking the time to do it before bed.
5. Dim the lights
I have the Phillips Hue lights in my home, and as unnecessary as they might seem, I’ve found adding them to our home to be amazing, especially at night. You see, the Hue bulbs have a great dimming and color changing features that allow us to have bright white lights when we want to be alert and working after dark, but we can also turn on a low, warm light that helps trigger the brain to relax and get ready for bed. I have them automatically set to turn on relax mode at 9:30 pm in the living room so I don’t have to think about it, and while I’m getting ready for bed I have the same setting going in the bedroom. I truly feel this helps keep my mind in “it’s time for bed” mode and helps me fall asleep.
Those might seem like small things, and actually, most of them take only a minute to do, but they make a big difference in my evening helping me relax and get ready for bed. Do you have anything you do every night?