Anyone who reads my blog knows that I love hearing about the morning and evening routines of others. Some of my favorites have been from Mimi Ikonn whose routines are a wonderful place to start for inspiration. I previously wrote about healthy morning habits and wanted to follow up with the healthy evening habits that I try to incorporate into my nights.
Face Mask with Steam
A few times a week, I like to put on a face mask---usually Indian Healing Clay or a mask from Caudalie---and simultaneously steam my face. You can use a face steamer if you have one or simply boil some water, then place your face in the steam with a towel over your head. You only need to steam for a few minutes, but this will help moisturize your skin and prevent the mask from stripping the oils from your skin.
Follow the mask and steam with your usual skincare routine. I recommend using a nice foaming cleanser after a steam followed by serum, moisturizer and eye cream. Take your time and enjoy the smell and feel of all the products since you've likely spent a good amount of money to acquire them.
To wind down and help turn down the frequency of your thoughts, strive to read at least a chapter each night. I recommend reading fiction or at least something that isn't too heavy. You want your mind to become relaxed, so try to avoid reading the news or an infuriating non-fiction book (even if it's a good one).
Cup of tea
Either while you are reading or immediately after, make a cup of herbal, non-caffeinated tea. Some great pre-sleep teas are chamomile, peppermint, lemon balm, or Aveda's Comforting Tea which is a blend of licorice root and peppermint.
Once you're laying down in bed, do a few gentle stretches. Pull one leg into your chest at a time and take deep breaths. Cross your ankle over one knee for a good back stretch. Don't forget child's pose. For neck tightness, a massage therapist recently recommended to me a stretch that involves lying on your back with your head hanging over the side of the bed. This helps to lengthen the pectoral muscles which often become shortened when we look down at our phones, computers, and books too much.
I recommend spending at least five minutes each night in meditation. You can do a guided one or simply sit still in silence.
What are your healthy evening rituals?