My current bedtime essentials
I am far from one of those people who gets into bed at the end of the day, turns off the light and instantly drifts off to sleep. No, I have a whole ritual that helps set the stage for the best possible slumber (much to my husband’s dismay). My routine includes extra TLC for my lips, hands, feet, body and brain (with separate products for each), and here’s a peek at the current rotation.
Lips: Eau Thermale Avene Cold Cream Lip Butter
I don’t use this during the day since it feels more like a mask than a balm—but this makes it perfect for nighttime. A light swipe keeps my lips hydrated all night, and I wake up to a smooth plump pout every morning.
Hands: Glytone Enhance Brightening Hand Cream
I live in mortal fear of getting “liver spots” on my hands, so in addition to using sunscreen during the day I apply this pigment-fighting cream every night. Beyond keeping unwanted freckles at bay, it also contains hyaluronic acid to moisturize and plump this thin, delicate skin.
Feet: Vermont Original Bag Balm
The only thing I dread more than spots on the backs of my hands is cracked heels. This heavy-duty ointment keeps my soles smooth and soft—but I have to remember to have socks on hand to avoid leaving greasy footprints on my wood floors when I inevitably have to pee one last time before lights out. I believe it was originally formulated for cow udders in 1899—and that’s totally fine by me.
Body: Kai *Rose Body Lotion
My arms and legs need a moisturizer all their own, and I usually opt for a scented body lotion. I’m loving this one right now because it smells divine, and it absorbs pretty quickly so I know it’s not getting all over my sheets.
Brain: SugarBear SLEEP Vitamins
I swear by SugarBear Hair for strong, fast-growing strands, and the new sleep version has become my bedtime go-to (before I brush my teeth of course). With melatonin, magnesium, valerian root, passion flower and more in a vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, delicious gummy, I truly believe they help make it easier to fall asleep—and stay asleep (at least until the dog wakes me up by burrowing into my back or neck).
After A LOT of trial and error, I finally found the perfect sheets, pillowcases and duvet cover. Made of sustainable, incredibly soft bamboo lyocell, this bedding has a wonderful silky feel and keeps me cool (and usually prevents a thermostat tug-of-war with my husband).