lately i’ve been taking my nighttime routine pretty seriously. it’s noticeably helped me wind down from the day, sleep better, and kept my skin in better condition. i’d say i’ve come a long way from merely flopping into bed after putting pjs on, sometimes without even taking my makeup off… i know, i know.
these routines are highly personal, so i’d love for you to share yours in the comments below!
what do i look for in a night routine? i want something effective and relaxing, yet not too time consuming or overly involved. sounds like i want to have my cake and eat it, too, right? here’s what i’ve found to work well for me:
about an hour before i hop into bed, i take a full daily dose of magnesium. the type i take is magnesium glycinate and is not buffered. i also have a liquid version that i sometimes rub on the soles of my feet, as transdermal absorption of magnesium has been shown to be more effective. both of these help me wind down and also provide my body with an essential mineral that many people are deficient in. unrelated, but since correcting my magnesium deficiency, my menstrual cramps have almost disappeared. has anyone else experienced this? as always, please speak with your healthcare professional before supplementing. i’m definitely not in the healthcare field so this doesn’t count.
a half hour before i go to bed, i spray my face thoroughly with rose water. once or twice a week after spraying with rose water, i pat a couple drops of an oil blend all over my face. the aqueous nature of rose water helps the oil penetrate deeper, getting all its benefits. every night, i put an oil around my eye area to help with fine lines, dryness, and dark circles. lately i’ve been obsessing over chia seed oil for everything, so naturally it’s what i’ve been using for my face.
once a week to every other week, i run a couple drops of oil through my hair. this usually ends up being ungurahua and/or chia seed oils.
i of course brush & floss my teeth, too! lately i’ve been using Uncle Harry’s remineralzing toothpaste, but i still have (& use) Earthpaste.
the habit i need to kick is laying in bed scrolling through instagram. i can’t be alone in that! anyone else? but the absolute last thing i do is kiss the cat & the mister goodnight… in that order.
what is your nighttime routine?