I think it’s fascinating to read about other people’s nighttime routines… like Kandee Johnson’s fun and detailed one.
I’ve been asked several times about what I do and I thought I would share my little ritual.
Take off my eye make-up
I wear eye make-up about 3 or 4 times a week depending on what my schedule is like. I RARELY go to bed without taking it off as I think it harms my eyelashes! LOL! The mascara gets so hard and flaky in the morning… can’t be good. I’ve been using these Jason’s make-up remover pads for years. It has pretty clean ingredients and does the trick! I’ve tried making my own using coconut oil but it just doesn’t work the same. (I’m open to trying something else so do share if you have any good tips though!)
Wash my face
I have normal to dry skin with a little “congestion” (little pimples, black heads and larger pores) in the t-zone area. I use Kiss My Face Olive Oil Soap with a natural sponge. This gives my skin a gentle daily exfoliation. Once a week or so, I use this scrub from Tropical Traditions but you could also make your own mixing coconut oil with sea salt and a drop of essential oil. I use the scrub in my t-zone and stay away from the fragile skin around the eyes.Many nights I let my skin “breathe” throughout the night and replenish its own oils naturally. Once or twice a week, I like to coat my skin with a thin layer of fresh, raw aloe vera gel. This is a great for all skin types. If you have oily, aloe vera moisturizes without adding extra oil. If you have dry, aloe vera helps seal in moisture. If you have sensitive, aloe vera helps soothe inflamed or irritated skin. I also like that it’s a cell generator (think fountain of youth )
Floss my teeth
I have a love-hate relationship with my teeth and dental hygiene. I don’t like doing it but have to. I have high maintenance teeth since I rotted out so many molars with my sugar addiction back in the day. I floss daily… sometimes twice a day (especially after eating a mango ). I like the mint wax floss that’s relatively thin. This gets in-between the crevices where food and bacteria can hide out. I also sometimes use my water pick but it’s so LOUD that I don’t want to wake up Griffin.
I use a soft bristle toothbrush from recycle plastic and this awesome toothpaste that my dentist created. I’ve pleaded her to sell online or in stores but she’s too busy to start a toothpaste company. LOL! It’s the ONLY one I’ve found on the market that doesn’t contain fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate (or any of its derivatives) and glycerin. Glycerin, which is in almost all toothpastes, actually coats the teeth and makes them harder to clean and less able to breathe (yes, our teeth need to breathe :)).
I know there are some tooth soaps or powders that also don’t have these last 2 ingredients but I think they taste terrible. LOL! My dentist’s toothpaste tastes like mint and similar to conventional ones… even my hubby likes the taste. I love that Griffin can use it freely and I don’t have to worry about him being harmed if he swallows it. NEVER give a child toothpaste with fluoride as it’s toxic to the human body. Read more about it here.
Be sure to brush your teeth for 2 minutes. I used to only do about 30 seconds and I’ve noticed a BIG difference in the clean teeth feel.
Put on my night guard and retainer
Yes, I still have my retainer from when I got my braces off in 8th grade! Feel free to make fun of me BUT I do have to say that my teeth haven’t moved like some of my friends who didn’t wear theirs. My cousin even had to get her braces back on because her teeth moved so much! UGH! I actually wear my retainer every other day since it’s made with a hard plastic which isn’t great to be sucking on all night. If I go too long though, it gets harder to put on my teeth as they move that quickly!
However, I wear my night guard religiously. I’m a clencher and even have created fractures in a few teeth from the pressure. I love mine because my dentist made one that’s non-toxic and safe to wear all night long. I also love how small it is compared with the old one I had that was like what football player’s wear! LOL!
Put on lip balm
Thankfully, I don’t suffer from chronic, chapped lips but I do love the feeling of lip balm on my lips before bed. It seals the deal and makes me feel happy and ready for bed. It also makes my nighttime kiss with honey even sweeter :). I like this Badger Vanilla balm. The ingredients are clean and it smells good.
Say my prayers
Each night, I get on my knees and give thanks for my life, my son, my marriage, for not having to stuff my face with sugar anymore and for being loved. I review my day and think of times where I was off (was too quick to anger, impatient, passive, etc.) and think about how I can make it right or do it different next time. God is so good because He often reminds me of the things I did that were GOOD as I can be hard on myself.
Give Mike a kiss
I can’t fall asleep unless I get a kiss from hubby. He’s usually either praying or reading by this time. Sometimes we chat or cuddle for a few minutes but regardless, I always end my day with a kiss from Michael.
I usually like to be asleep by 10:30 p.m. I’m lucky in that I fall asleep within minutes. Sometimes, I wear headphones and listen to soaking music, lulling off to praise music that inspires my dreams, which are often vivid.
There you have it, mamas. My little night time ritual. Hopefully, I didn’t put YOU to sleep. LOL!
How about YOU? What’s your favorite part of your night time routine? What can’t you do without?