I always underestimated the value of sleep when I was younger. It wasn’t until I had Harlan and she refused sleep for months (which meant I wasn’t sleeping either) that I truly valued all that sleep has to offer.
While I don’t get as much sleep as I used to, I do know that the more sleep that I can try to get each night, the better off I am the next day and even in the future. I’ve started to get better with my bedtime routine each night so that I can wake up feeling and looking refreshed. Since being firm in my routine each night, I’ve noticed a drastic improvement in both my skin and my energy level. Even with three little ones to watch after, I wake up feeling as good as new. Here’s a peek into my nighttime beauty routine and what I’ve found works best for me.
1. Get your beauty sleep. Easier said than done with kids (especially with a newborn) but get as much sleep as you can each night. I am such a night owl and love to stay up late to catch up on work and television because it’s the only time that the house is quiet during the day, but staying up late every night can not only to damage to my energy level the next day, it’s also not great for your skin.
2. Take off your make-up. Even when all you do it just go to bed, make sure that you wash your face. It’s one of the best things you can do for your face and your skin. To make everything easy, I use Aveeno® Positively Radiant® Makeup Removing Wipes. They are super easy to use and I can even keep a pack in my purse when I am on-the-go. They’ve made a noticeable difference in my skin and I wake up with my face feeling so soft and refreshed. They are also great because they don’t dry out my skin, especially during this time of year when the climate can be damaging to our skin. These nourishing makeup removing wipes easily remove makeup, oil and dirt that can dull skin.
3. Hydrate your skin. Other than a great daily moisturizer, there are several things you can do to help keep your skin from drying out at night. MacKay and I always have a humidifier in our room that we fill up each night and let run all day long, especially this time of year. It’s cruicial for us to have it so that our skin doesn’t dry out and it even helps us breathe easier at night. I also keep a glass of water by my bedside each night because I often get thirsty before I go to bed and in the middle of the night. By the morning, that glass of water is nearly empty. I also make sure to grab a glass of lemon water each morning right after stepping out of bed (and before my coffee) to help jumpstart my day.
4. Use two pillows. Using more than one pillow to help you prop yourself up each night is said to help reduce puffiness in the morning.
5. Exfoliate. Use a gentle scrub on your face, lips, and feet before going to bed each night to help get rid of the accumulation of dead skin and to help keep your skin looking healthy. Do this before you moisturize.