I think one step to becoming an adult is one of the most basic parts of being a kid. And that is getting ready for bed.
Somewhere in between cramming for exams in college and binge drinking on Fridays, I feel like we forget that having a nightly routine is actually necessary to our sanity, if not our health (yes Mr. Dentist, I am working on flossing my teeth). In fact, a lot of adults struggle with going to bed and actually have to prepare themselves to get some sleep.
So, I’ve gone back to the basics and taken into consideration a lot of nighttime routines from celebs like Khloe Kardashian and beauty and health experts like Arbonne and Mojo Spa, and I’ve created my own zen bedtime routine.
Altogether it takes about 20 minutes to get ready for bed (add 10 min for a mud mask).
I encourage you to use this as a guide and make up your own bedtime routine because you’re farce and your teeth are worth it.
I start with playing hip-hop music. It helps motivate me when I clean and when I’m at work and especially as I get ready for bed. The next step is to remove my make-up. Now, for the longest time, I used a cleanser, but I realized I also had to use an eye make-up remover and another make-up remover because make-up is hard to take off – east to smudge, but hard to completely remove. I use a wet beauty cleansing cloth like this Collagen Cleansing Cloth that reduces fine lines and wrinkles. This is a pretty tough formula for my skin and a lot of my friends like the Beauty 360 cleanser. I remove my make-up first before showering.
Then, I take a hot shower. And, get ready to put on my facial mask. I recently started using Borghese’s mask – it was inspired by a princesss and you can get it a bourgeois price at Ross or a higher price at Macy’s.
It takes about 15 minutes for the mask to dry before I remove it. So, I move onto lotion. I’m in love with Manuka Honey body butter. It smells like honey, and I love the texture and ease of spreading it all over my body – especially in the winter when my skin is dry. Bonus: it’s not greasy.
Next, I slip into my Victoria Secret’s kimono.
Then, with my face mask still on, I brush my teeth. I recently discovered the power of using an electric toothbrush, which you can get for under $10 at Walgreens. I’ve also experimented with whitening toothpaste, but I find that Crest and mouthwash not only smell good and refresh my mouth, but also are effective preventative treatments.
Now it’s time to remove the green face mask.
My face is now clear and ready for more treatment. It’s time for sprays and facial products from Arbonne. I start off by spraying the toner twice on either side of my face and rubbing it in.
Then, I apply the Arbonne Intensive Renewal Serum. I got the age-defying beauty line because I don’t want to get Botox but I also don’t want wrinkles. The struggle is real.
Next, I put on eye cream. I use a thicker eye cream – anti-aging eye balm -at night from Mojo Spa in Wicker Park. During the day I use a light eye cream from Arbonne.
Next in my nightly routine is Arbonne Night Repair Crème. I like it because it is smooth and easy to spread on my face and neck. I’ve also tried Trilipiderm Rehydration Night Crème. I really like that one as well because it is soothing and calming with ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and vitamins A, C, D and E.
Then, I comb my wet hair and either braid it or scrunch it. And I take generic lip balm and hydrate my lips. Note: I use to use a Mary Kay lip mask and that also helps with dry lips.
Finally, I just started using a lavender face mask that I got for 99 cents at Ross. It’s completely changed my sleep. I can heat it up in the microwave for 30 seconds as I grab water.
At this point, I’ve turned off my music and I either write an article or read a book or text a boy. And then, namaste – hopefully I fall asleep.
This can seem like a long bedtime routine, and I’m not going to lie, it took awhile to get used to it and to fund and to find the right products. But, it’s helped me make my health and sleep a priority – no matter how many events I go to or how much work I have to do.
What’s your favorite nighttime beauty product?