This almost sounds like I am small child that needs a routine to get to sleep and to be honest that is kind of true! I have a daughter and she has had pretty much the same bedtime routine since was born – she is now seven and it still works a treat!!! Anyway back to this post – I believe that a good bedtime routine is the secret to a good night sleep and good skin. So this is my fail proof way of ensuring I get my full eight hours and some “beauty sleep” too!
The first thing I do before I head upstairs to start my routine is make myself a cup of herbal tea. I don’t really drink herbal teas during the day but I literally cannot go to bed without one! My favourites are Chamomile, Dandelion, Citrus & Orange Blossom and Fennel. I always add a tiny bit of honey to my teas!
So then I go upstairs with my lovely hot cup of tea and go into my bedroom and light a candle on my bedside table (at the moment it is Home Sweet Home by Yankee Candles).
Then I run myself a bath. I have baths every night, yes every night. It is a total luxury and I love it! In my bath I always always add a bath oil. My favourites are the Aromatherapy Associates bath oils (Deep Sleep is THE best) and Kneipp herbal baths are amazing too. I especially love the Valerian and Hops Kneipp one as it turns my bath blue!
I sometimes light a candle or two (I am currently finishing off my Snow in Love Yankee Candle) and maybe some music if I am in the mood. I also either have a huge stash of fashion magazines that I pile up near the bath or a good book.
Before I get in my bath I double cleanse my face with a wash cloth and whatever cleanser I am into (see picture below).
Then I get in my lovely warm fragrant bath and relax! Once or twice a week I will also use a face mask. My current favourite for dry skin is the Sanctuary Spa Time Reversal Face Mask and if my skin is feeling a bit oily or congested it is the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. There are a few others that make the top ten masks including my Cloth Face Masks.
After a good soak, I get out of my lovely bath and put on my night time face treatment. This is either a face oil or the Alpha-H Liquid Gold. If it is a face oil it could any one of the many many oils I am hoarding including the Sanctuary Spa Therapists Secret Facial Oil, Clarins Blue Orchid Oil, Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial, the list does go on bit!
Then I get into my pyjamas and into my bedroom which now smells lovely from my lit candle! I have to read before bed but first I put on some hand cream or oil (I am currently loving the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Hand and Nail Treatment). Then I drink my cup of tea, read my book and normally no more than ten minutes later I am out for the night!