My Evening Routine
Everyone has some sort of evening routine, no matter how chaotic or ritualistic it may be. I try my best to follow the schedule below, but sometimes it gets pushed back or sometimes I miss a couple steps. This is the general gist of it, based on how I timed out my routine from the other night.
10:15PM | Hop in the shower
I am always a fan of using a bar soap such as the "Good" bar soaps Alaffia, available at Whole Foods. Every other day, I shampoo with the Rahua Voluminous Shampoo* and the Rahua Voluminous Conditioner*.
10:35PM | Make a cup of tea
I don't really get affected by caffeine. I like to drink relaxing teas like the Enjoy The Sunnyside Organic White Peach Tea and the Silk Road Tea Moonlight On the Grove Green Tea.
10:43PM | Slip into PJs & a fluffy robe
If I haven't already done so, this is when I like to slip into PJs. I also like to wear a fluffy robe to keep warm and feel cozy. It helps me relax.
10:45PM | Catch up on social media
Whether it's watching YouTube videos or browsing Instagram, or both, this is the time I tend to devote my full attention to media. My all time favourite YouTubers are Anna, Estée, and Lindy.
11:30PM | Do my evening skincare and oral care routine
There are lots to do here, but typically I start by exfoliating the lips. I like to use the French Girl Organics Lip Polish. After scrubbing away, I go ahead an brush my teeth. At the moment I'm trying a natural toothpaste, the Davids Premium Natural Toothpaste. So far, I am loving it and I also like the metal packaging.
Usually for skincare, at this point I've already washed my face. I am currently using the One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover to remove face makeup, We Love Eyes Tea Tree Eyelid and Eyelash Makeup Remover Oil* for eye makeup, and the NIOD Sanskrit Saponins* as a second cleanse. Every few days, I will exfoliate instead of doing a second cleanse using the Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder*.
To prep the skin for moisturizer, I have been trying the Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist. I then follow up with the Biossance Squalene + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer*. I love that this moisturizer is hydrating without making my skin greasy. Any combination or oily skinned gals will definitely like this one. Every other day, I will also use the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum between using the mist and apply the toner. It has been doing wonders at brightening my skin.
11:37 | Crawl into bed and fire up Headspace
I have started to try meditation again. Even if it's just taking 10 minutes to attempt to clear my head and listen to my breathing, a little quiet time is better than none. I have just been replaying the Basics pack over and over, but I am considering a subscription to unlock the other packs Headspace offers. If you've tried any of these, let me know!
When I meditate, I like to go straight to my bed. I like to start getting comfortable and settled in. I have been looking into buying an eco-friendly mattress that comes in a roll straight to your doorstep. Near the top of my list is Leesa. Their foams are CertiPUR-US certified, their One-Ten program donates one mattress for every ten sold, and their One-Earth program plants one tree for every mattress sold. I like the idea of doing good while knowing I will have a good night's rest on a comfortable and eco-friendly mattress.
11:48 | Set an alarm
Switch on that alarm for either 7:30AM or 8AM, depending on how busy my work day will be ahead. I have flexible working hours, which also allows for an extra swipe or two on snooze...
11:49 | Apply hand cream, lip balm, and an aromatherapy oil
This is the last of the beauty bits. I like to apply a lip balm such as the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm, and a hand cream such as the Weleda Skin Food. More recently, I have been applying an aromatherapy oil to help ease my mind and body into sleep. I like the Vitruvi Sleep Aromatherapy Oil on the wrists and temples.
11:52 | Drop the head on the pillow
And then promptly shut the lights and eyes, and try to fall asleep.