Getting UNready: How to establish a nighttime beauty routine
Establishing a nighttime beauty routine is probably one of the last priorities we have as moms — that is, if it even makes it on the to-do list in the first place. At the end of a seemingly never-ending day, we can hardly keep our eyes open, and the thought of doing just one more task, even something that should make us feel great, seems near impossible. We’ve all been there. But creating a nightly ritual is not only “you” time, it can also help you relax, leading to a better night’s rest. Read on for some tips on how to create — and continue — a nighttime beauty routine.
Keep it Simple
First, you’ll need to figure out what you want to include in your nighttime routine. Washing your face and brushing your teeth are a given, but think about your goals. Do you want to keep your skin younger looking? Do you want to brighten your face? Does your hair need some attention? Figure out what you want to achieve with your night routine. A simple nighttime routine might look something like this:
Remove Makeup — Use olive oil on a cotton pad to remove stubborn, waterproof eye makeup, and your favorite makeup remover or a Magic Mitt and warm water to remove your face makeup. If you don’t wear makeup, you can obviously skip this step.
Cleanse Face — It’s a good idea to wash your face again after you’ve removed your makeup to get a deep cleanse and pick up any residual oils or makeup remover. Clean pores mean smaller pores, less breakouts, and a smoother complexion.
Toner — If you have oily skin or you just want to shrink your pores and clarify your skin, you might want to think about adding toner to your nighttime routine. Try Witch Hazel — an all-natural topical astringent you can pick up at the drugstore. It will deep clean your skin, removing makeup and heavy sunscreens that clog pores. Keep in mind if your skin is dry, it’s better to just spot treat your blemishes so as not to make your skin any more dry.
Moisturizer — The Hymed Reconstructive Cream is a highly moisturizing cream perfect for nourishing your skin. Allowing it to sink deep into your skin throughout the night will be most beneficial for your face, and you will wake up with smooth, supple, and hydrated skin. This cream is natural, organic, vegan, cruelty-free, and safe for all skin types.
The most important thing in the beginning is to keep your regimen simple — adding too many products at once might…
- Cause your skin to freak out, especially if you start using a bunch of new products.
- Seem overwhelming and too time consuming for you to stick to.
Start simple with cleanser and moisturizer and go from there. Once you get in the habit of using those, you can expand your product list and add to your routine if you like.
Set Aside Time
Set aside time to complete your routine, even if it’s just five minutes. If you keep your routine simple, that’s all you really need! A few minutes of “you” time to pull yourself together and do something for you (while taking care of your skin) will be better for you than you realize.
Add on to an Existing Ritual
The easiest way to start a routine is to add on to something that’s already a ritual for you. Whether it’s showering or brushing your teeth, find something you do every night and simply add to it. If you’re already setting aside time for that, it’s easy to squeeze in a couple more steps and give yourself some well-deserved TLC.
Don’t Wait Too Late
“I’m sure it won’t be that bad if I sleep in my makeup just one night…” How many times have you told yourself that? Waiting until it’s really late at night might tempt you to just head to bed because you’re over the day. When you’re tired, the last thing you’ll feel like doing is dragging yourself to the bathroom to go wash your face. But washing your face is key to keeping a clear complexion, among other things. You also don’t want to wait until it’s so close to bedtime that your products just rub off on your pillow. Give them ample time (15-20 minutes) to sink deep into your skin so they can maximize their effectiveness and really work their magic.
It takes 21 days to make something a habit. Power through those nights you don’t feel like doing it and you’ll get to the point where it’s just a normal part of your night. You’ll be so used to doing it that you’ll feel weird if you don’t do it.
Motherhood is tough, so give yourself a break and do a little something for yourself and your skin. Giving yourself some structure might even help you feel more prepared for the day that follows. Actually, let’s be honest — if motherhood has taught us anything, it’s that we’ll never really be completely prepared for anything.
Photo credits: Kristen Love
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