February 22nd • Posted in Lifestyle
It hasn’t been long since I started enjoying the whole bedtime process. I used to stay up until late night at my laptop or watching TV or using my phone, which I came to realize wasn’t really ideal just before bedtime. Beside keeping me up until late, it also didn’t allow me to rest well and wake up feeling regenerated. I realized just small lifestyle changes in the evening could have done all the difference and, since then, I’ve established a small bedtime ritual that I’m enjoying a whole lot recently.
My bedside table has become a little corner of relaxation and quietness, topped with all those small things that very simply make a bedtime ritual so much more enjoyable. So this is what’s on my bedside table at the very moment…
On the beauty front I have it on the very minimal with the most popular bedside beauty combo: hand cream + lip balm.
Especially in the colder months, and especially in the evening after an entire day of exposure to the cold, my hands and lips are the driest. It’s not a nice feeling when it happens, right?
My holy grail products at the moment are the L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream and my old favourite Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm. The hand cream is just hydrating to the very right point without ever feeling greasy or leaving oily residues after the application (and it has the very best smell), while the lip balm is just amazingly thick and nourishing and my lips always feel a lot better after an overnight treatment with it!
It’s not everyday but I do like my nighttime tea quite often recently. I especially like teas that help with digestion in the evening, and love curling up in bed with a book and a hot cup. Recently I’m totally into my Teagime evening blend, which features nettle, passion flower and rooibos to clear skin from acne and eczema, help with digestion and relax me to sleep (more on it in another post soon!), but I’m also a lover of chamomile blends, as well as fennel + rose tea in the evening!
Scents play a fundamental role in my bedtime ritual: I especially like to light candles in the evening (anything that smells sweet or vanilla is right up my street!), but I also have this thing that I like to have a little bunch of lavender on my bedside. I don’t know if it’s useful at all, but surely lavender is known to help unwind and also treat insomnia, and to me is one of the most relaxing scents I like. I also keep a & Other Stories body spray on my bedside table but use it as a room spray instead as I’m not the biggest fan of the scent when on my skin, but I like it in the air around me a lot!
It’s just recently that I’ve got back into reading before bed. It’s surely a healthier alternative to what I used to do before and it’s helping me rediscover the pleasure of going through the pages of a book.
Recently I’m reading the The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying and I’m really in love with it: not only it’s making me want to tidy any little corner of the house, but it’s also a very nice light read for the evening. To me just reading a small amount of pages until I feel relaxed and ready to sleep, totally does the trick.
Although I’ve always been a lover of attention-demanding books, I’m enjoying light reads a lot recently, even better if before bedtime as to me those are the best to soothe and relax me down and induce sleep easily!
Would love to know about your bedtime ritual and what’s on your bedside table! x