Its safe to say, my favorite part of the day is unwinding after a busy day. After all the house work is done, the dinner is made and cleaned up, and emails responded to, is the time I value most. I never considered myself a busy person and most of the time I feel like I have a pretty relaxed life. But when looking back over schedules, I realize how time seems to escape me each week. Routine for me, is a foreign concept… I am not a routine kind of girl, but one thing is routine for me and that is my night time routine. And while it is not scientifically proven to elongate life or lower blood pressure, here are some tips from my routine that will hopefully help you refocus for the day ahead.
- Hydrate: It seems silly to say, “hydrate” like your about to run a marathon, but sleeping might as well be. When you sleep is your body resets it self in a way and drinking water helps in that process. If your like me, you drink less water throughout the work day so when I get home I drink herbal tea and have a glass of ice water (with ice cubes) sitting next to me. Another tip: don’t have alcohol with dinner, drink water instead. Staying hydrated will help your skin stay bright and help you sleep better (which is overall more relaxing).
- Wash your face: I typically take my make up off right when I get home. The first step to healthy skin is always washing your face and removing your make up after a long day helps you relax. For my skin routine, I use Mary Kay TimeWise 3 in 1 facial cleanser. I love it because it gets the job done without drying your face out.
- Moisturize: Clean, hydrated skin is the best way to kickstart relaxation. For my daily moisturizer I use, Clinique Moisture Surge , but for the evening, their overnight mask is literally my favorite product. Its odorless, creamy, and gets my skin perfect for the morning. For added goodness, I also use their All About Eyes moisturizer for drying lids and baggy eyes.
- Hair: Taking care of your hair is an important step to feeling relaxed. Before you throw it up in a messy bun to end your evening (what i do). Take some time to brush it 50-100 times and get all the knots out. It seems like a waste of time, but brushing your hair helps clean you scalp and increases blood flow. Not to mention, it helps condition and strengthen your hair and ultimately prevent hair loss.
- My final tip is Reading: Find a good book. My mom has always said that reading keeps her sane. There is nothing more relaxing then escaping your world for a time to enter the world of another and experience their life. Currently, my go to reading is the January issue of Architectural Digest and James Herriot’s, All Creatures Great and Small (a must read for animal lovers). Whatever your favorite genre might be, cut out sometime to read. It will enrich your life.