My Bedside Beauty Routine

Thursday 16 February 2017

I like to get into bed early each night so that I have some time to wind down before sleep, but in this little window of relaxation time I've really struggled to stay off of my phone and laptop (which is unfortunately essential for a good nights sleep). I've found that carrying out my bedside beauty routine whilst listening to some chilled out music really helps to send me into a peaceful slumber, and honestly I haven't missed my laptop time at all!

Sleepy Body Lotion 

I always start my routine by applying a body lotion, because I want to give it enough time to dry before I snuggle under the duvet. Recently I've been loving Lush's Sleepy Lotion, which is part of their "Twilight" scent range. It contains Lavender, proven to help to aid sleep, and is a lovely moisturising cream, perfect for my dry winter skin. Unfortunately this product was released as part of the Christmas collection so it's not available to buy right now, so when I finally scoop out my last drop I'm going to try Julique's Lavender Body Care lotion, which also has some lovely soothing ingredients. 

Handy Gurugu Hand Cream 
Before bed is a great time to apply hand cream because you don't have to do anything with your hands once you're sleeping. Right now it's about -305 degrees in London (roughly speaking of course), so I've been using my holy grail cream every day, Lush's Handy Gurugu. This little pot of wonder is just unbeatable in the hand cream game, especially if your hands are so dry that they crack and bleed as mine do. It's targeted for "hard worked hands" and I can see why, its very thick and incredibly moisturising. The smell is a little bit herby and not at all sweet, but now that I'm used to it I actually really like it!

Lanolips 101 Ointment

Applying lip balm is one of the steps that I would always forget before I added it into my bedside beauty routine, but as we know it's so important because the poor delicate skin on your lips goes through so much every day. I'm still to find my perfect lip balm, but right now I've been enjoying Lanolips 101 Ointment for a serious hit of hydration. This is a balm which can be used in lots of different ways, but I tend to only use it on my lips. It's incredibly moisturising, but it doesn't smell or taste like anything which is a bit disappointing. 

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
I've recently moved my Kiehls eye treatment to my bedside table because I always seemed to forget this step when it was in the bathroom (maybe because the pot is so tiny!). I spoke about this product in more detail in my skincare on trial blogpost, so check that out if you want to hear more about it!

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray 

Before I climb into bed every night I like to spritz my pillows with This Work's Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. This is another lavender scented product which aims to help you to drift off quickly. I'm not sure if it's simply the placebo effect in action, but I do find that I sleep so much better if I use this spray; it just smells so lovely and soothing that I feel sleepy even sniffing the bottle!

I have a whole playlist on Spotify dedicated to sleepy music which I play whilst I carry out my beauty routine, but I thought you might like to know some of the songs that are helping me to drift off ... 

Bel Air - Lana Del Rey 
Weights and Measures - Dry the River 
Atlas Hands - Benjamin Francis Leftwich 
All I See - Lydia 
Fireproof - The National 
Never Bloom Again - The Perishers

And I usually drift off before the end of 
Clair De Lune - Claude Debussy

Let me know your bedtime essentials in the comments!

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