Being at home 24/7, some form of restlessness is bound to kick in. Netflix binges until 3 a.m. may begin to look more and more appetizing, and the 12:30 p.m. breakfast the next day might just appear to be the new normal. But please, do not fall into this trap. If you're not doing anything in particular in the day time, you can grab the opportunity to learn a new skill, organize your space, or catch up on beauty chores you've been meaning to do.
It's also a great time to finally fix your body clock. A good night's sleep is one of the best ways to help alleviate general anxiety, and it's also a key player in the ecosystem of beauty. For these reasons, deep sleep shouldn't just be an afterthought of your day—it should have a solid territory in your life schedule. Below are seven ways to merge your beauty routine with your pre-sleep rituals for a well-deserved night's rest.
1. Give TLC to areas that aren't your face.
Skincare routines can feel like clockwork, especially when you've been sticking to one for some time now. If you expand your skincare focus to include different areas of your body, there's a chance you'll feel more pampered and comforted. Moisturizing your feet, shoulder blades, and elbows do make a difference.
2. Try dry cleansing to feel extra light.
Not cleansing your face properly will be the downfall of an attempt at a good night's rest. Not only will your face feel heavy and oily, but you'll likely feel budding pimples the next day. Dry cleansing is a somewhat unconventional approach, but it makes for a thorough and brightening wash: Simply apply your cleanser directly onto your dry face, rub in circular motions, and activate it with water afterwards. This maximizes the cleanser because the water we normally apply first can rinse off the product before it properly reaches the skin. Opt for a cream or oil-based cleanser, which are gentler on the skin and, unlike foam, do not need water to activate them.
3. Change your bedsheets the instant they don't feel heavenly anymore.
A tight skincare routine won't matter if you're lathering in bacteria for hours every night. The moment your bed loses its hotel sheets-esque fragrance, change your sheets if you can. You can't go wrong with this!
Bonus tip: Try to use your bed exclusively for sleeping to train your mind not to stay awake when it's time for bed.
4. Coat your hands with a thick, luciously fragrant butter or moisturizer.
There's really something to be said about the magic of fragrance. Since scents will rise from the skin on your body as you sleep, you will thank yourself for picking a delicious-smelling body moisturizer. Lavender, vanilla, and jasmine scents are known to be optimum for inducing relaxation and sleep. If you manage to habitualize this, your body might even train itself to feel drowsy when it catches a whiff.
The moisturizing part will also do wonders: Don't forget to massage your hands as you apply the butter, getting in between your fingers and around your nails. You'll wake up with silky-smooth hands for sure!
5. Dry your hair and treat it with rejuvenating oils.
Having damp (or worse, wet) hair during bedtime is distracting, to say the least. Opt not to turn your pillow into a swamp by coming to bed with dry hair. If you have a shower cap, you can put it on after coating your hair with coconut oil or your favorite moisturizing oil, and leave it to air dry as you settle down before turning in. There's no harm in treating your tresses with extra love.