Bedtime Routine

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Do you have a bedtime routine? It makes sense to designate some time each evening to wind down; if I don't, I have a hard time falling asleep. After abandoning my "early to bed, early to rise" schedule over the holidays, I've been trying to take bedtime more seriously: setting a "lights-out" time that ends in "PM" and utilizing a few other goodies to prep for a good night's sleep.

One // Make it cozy

It's been raining every day lately, and I can't bring myself to put away all of the holiday decorations. This starlit tree (currently on sale!) isn't overtly holiday-themed but adds warmth to a dark corner. It also has a timer inside so I don't have to worry about getting up to switch it off.

Two // Pamper

If possible, don't wait to wash your face until right before you crawl into bed; do it sooner, and give your nighttime treatments some extra time to sink in. Lately, my skin responds well to two products: Boscia's Tsubaki Beauty Oil, my favorite face oil to date, and Clarin's Skin Beauty Repair Concentrate, an "SOS treatment" for sensitive skin. Whenever my skin looks particularly distressed, I use a couple pumps of the Clarin's product instead of my face oil or moisturizer. It contains squalane (a natural hydrating lipid that my skin seems to love) and smells like peppermint. I don't hear much about it, but I highly recommend it for sensitive skin types!

Taking a bath two hours before bed will alter your body's temperature rhythm and help you fall asleep (apparently, taking a bath right before bed can increase alertness!). I'm excited to try LUSH's "Ceridwen's Cauldron", a bath melt that's supposed to soothe and hydrate sensitive skin. Though my favorite budget nighttime body moisturizer is coconut oil, I use the LaLicious Sugar Kiss Body Butter when I feel like a treat. It's paraben-free and smells like a cake made of brown sugar and marzipan. Hand cream is also very important at bedtime (just think, 8 hours without washing it off!). No matter how dry my hands are, Jo Malone's Vitamin E Hand Cream leaves them feeling silky again. (This is a great alternative.) I've also been keeping a pot of LUSH Lemon Flutter Cuticle Butter nearby for extra dabs of moisture.

Three // Hit the books

I'm on the computer a lot most days, so I should take a break from the screen at night and read a good book. I'm just startingThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I hope I like it as much as I liked her first novel The Secret History. I also fix myself a cup of my current favorite herbal tea to sip.

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What do you do for a good night's sleep?