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My nighttime routine helps me unwind, relax, and get myself mentally and physically ready for the next day. It helps me prepare to have a good night sleep (with lots of REM and deep sleep) so that the following day is as good as it can be! Some nights I am so exhausted I just do my skincare routine and fall asleep, but on the nights when I do my full routine, here’s how it goes.
I like to eat dinner 2-3 hours before I go to sleep. This really helps me digest my food so I don’t get in bed feeling really bloated and uncomfortable. After I am done with dinner, I’ll have water or herbal tea until I go to sleep.
Dim Lights + Blue Light Blockers
Before I go to sleep, I start winding down. I dim the lights, flip on the night shift setting on my phone and limit my blue light exposure before I go to bed. I don’t know all the scientific details but you can read about it here and see about why you should limit blue light before you go to bed.
I have blue light blocking glasses I use to watch TV, I have a blue light protector screen on my phone, and I have red lights and night lights in my bedroom that I turn on before I go to sleep.
TV + Phone
In addition to dimming the lights and wearing blue light glasses, I try to monitor what I am watching on TV or looking at on my phone before I go to bed. For me, watching shows that are too dramatic before bed kept my mind too active. Same goes for looking at my phone — that one last peek at my emails before I go to bed only makes my mind start overthinking and stress about my to-do list for the next day. Instead, I try to end my night with a happy or lighthearted TV show and not look at work before I try to fall asleep.
Shower or Bath
Sometimes I take a shower in the morning, sometimes at night, or sometimes both. It really just depends how the day went. If I shower at night, I love a warm shower and then I’ll go to bed with my hair damp and let it air-dry overnight.
If I take a bath, I’ll put on a Summer Fridays face mask, add some bath salts, and try to relax. I get kind of bored so I never take baths for a really long time.
Nighttime Skincare Routine
This is what you came here for right?
- Summer Fridays Super Amino Gel Cleanser
- Summer Fridays Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution
- Any serums that I’m trying out
- Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask — I wear this as an eye cream and moisturizer in a thick layer overnight and allow it to soak in while I sleep
Things I Love
For bed, I absolutely must have my Slip Silk pillowcase and eye mask; they are the best and I can’t sleep without them. I also spray a little bit of lavender sheet spray on my sheets before I go to sleep and apply a little bit of Summer Fridays Vegan Vanilla Lip Butter Balm.
So that is my detailed night time routine — what do you think? What do you do before you go to bed?