There’s nothing better than waking up and feeling beautiful for the day. Although I look forward to a few quiet moments at night, sometimes it’s really hard to unwind. It feels like there are never enough hours in the day and even fewer hours to spend on yourself. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE my kids so much – but somedays I really look forward to an extra ten minutes of quiet. Anyone else? 😉

Although the perfect night would involve all of the below (maybe including a long foot massage from my hubs ;), I definitely don’t get the luxury. But these are my favorite ways to unwind after a long day, and all beneficial to a healthier night’s sleep!

1. Take off your makeup: Sleeping in a face full of makeup won’t leave you feeling beautiful – if anything it will have the opposite effect! Leaving your makeup on all night ages your skin, makes you more prone to breakouts, and the list goes on and on. Always use a good makeup remover – and don’t skip your eye makeup! This one from Vichy (under $15) hydrates, soothes, and strengthens the skin with its 15 mineral-rich water essential for skin health. It also has natural ingredients so it’s really gentle on my sensitive skin.

2. Read a book before bed: Trade in your remote for some reading. Lit screens are proven to stimulate the brain so catch up on your IG feed in the morning and grab a book instead. You’ll get a better night’s rest and wake up without those annoying bags under your eyes from lack of sleep.

3. Make the most of bed head: Add some volume powder to your nightly routine for some serious volume in the morning. Just apply to your scalp and let your tossing and turning do the rest.

4. Your favorite pair of pajamas: I’m all about stealing Cody’s sweats and tee for bed, but I LOOOOVVVE picking out new pajamas! And somehow the bed feels extra cozy when you’re in your new favorite sweats!

5. Soak: Taking a warm bath right a couple hours before bed is the perfect recipe for a good night’s rest. Once you get out of the warm bath your body temperature will drop back to normal and will start producing melatonin which makes you tired. Baths are like a luxury these days, but once the kids are in bed it’s a little easier to find a moment to myself so I love taking a few extra minutes to soak in the tub. (Even better? Take an extra 2 minutes to shave your legs and you will wake up feeling like you can conquer the world haha. Sad but a little true! 😉

You guys have seen this on my snapchat a couple times. This is hands down my favorite eye and make up remover!!

6. Fresh Flowers and Plants: I am such a flower person! I look forward to my weekly trip to the store to pick up new blooms. It’s actually proven to be beneficial to your health as well! Being around fresh plants and flowers helps you concentrate better, improves your mood, decreases stress, and increases your attention span.

7. Moisturize: No matter how dry your climate (hello, Utah desert!) you should always, always moisturize before bed. A good moisturizing routine will help you repair damage your skin undergoes during the day. I love the feeling of my skin right after I apply moisturizer so I’m obsessed with this French skincare regimen by Vichy. I actually recently found out that Europe is the only place that doesn’t approve beauty products until it is proven to be beneficial for your skin (vs. the US where it’s “innocent until proven guilty”!) so I am all about European skin care products. You use the Thermal Spa Water as a prep step to fortify the skin and then apply the Vichy Aqualia Range which locks in water for 48 hours. I woke up feeling like I had just applied my moisturizer that morning, it felt so fresh and hydrated.

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XX, Christine

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  1. Siostry Andrzejewskie

    <3

  2. Mariah Thompson

    Love this post! And how gorgeous is that floral bath. Definitely doing this! Thanks Christine!
    – Mariah
    Glambyriah.com

  3. Taylor Ann Hurst

    What type of powder would you suggest to put in hair before going to sleep?

  4. Tess Felber

    That bath looks absolutely dreamy and relaxing! I wish I could read before bed but it makes me fall asleep immediately and then I don’t remeber a thing of what I read haha Great post!
    xx Tess | http://www.sequinsarethenewblack.com/

  5. Holly Horvath

    Love the fresh flowers in the tub! I soak every night and it is crucial for me to have a good sleep… perhaps I will try adding fresh flowers, great idea!
    Holly
    http://www.teachmestyle.com

  6. Em

    Where are those adorable pj pants from?

    1. They are from Target 🙂 They are a couple years old though not sure if they have anymore

      1. Steph

        I was about to ask the same thing!

  7. Courtney otis

    You live in utah? Me too, and I always feel like my skin is so dry!!
    Courtsfashionfinds.weebly.com

  8. Malinki Bose

    Thanks .It is really most essential tips for every woman.

  9. Kaitlynn Devall

    Love all the pictures and before bed ideas! But i would like to know what type of books you prefer to read before bed to help you get a better nights sleep?

  10. Eloise Alice

    i literally do every single one of these and it really does give you the best nights sleep and in return a great morning too! i will never understand when someone sleeps in their makeup. surely it must be uncomfortable? great post and so lovely to read

    http://www.thewhimsicalwildling.com/

  11. Lyn Neglia

    Great advise! It is ashame you had a dead animal in the photos,that just happens to look like my dog at first sight, though!

  12. SherRon Williams

    This is so lovely! I’m at work reading this and I want to go home right now and get in the bed! 🙂 This is so funny because I just wrote something for my blog on 5 best ways to ensure a good night’s sleep and one of mine is to not watch horror movies or anything of the like because it gets into your psyche and can totally affect your dreams.

    This is great!!!

  13. Lory's Blog

    Lovely pictures!!!
    Sometimes i am so lazy to aplly a body lotion, but i always use a micellar water to take my makeup off! I also am lazy to apply every time i go to bed cuticle oil or hand cream…
    Hugs!

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