The perfect 8pm – 10pm nighttime beauty routine
-Sep 23, Hannah Hargrave , Beauty -
If you want to wake up fresh faced, revitalised and looking and feeling your best then what you do in the run up to bedtime can have a big impact.
Kicking back on the couch for a couple of hours, with snacks before bed is an easy and often comforting habit to get into and while it’s completely ok to take that time to relax, what you choose to do between 8pm and 10pm can make quite the difference to your body, inside and out.
So here are a few dos and don’ts to follow at 8, 9 and 10pm for flawless skin, a fitter figure and overall improved wellness.
DO go for a walk – it’s a great post dinner activity. Not only will it distract you from reaching for the biscuit tin, but it’ll improve your fitness levels. A brisk walk is best but even a casual stroll around your neighbourhood is good for the mind, body and soul.
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DO have a cup of tea – hunger and the urge to snack is often mistaken for dehydration. A cup of fruit infused tea, green tea or an alternative warm, healthy drink can set you up for a soothing evening too.
DO have a facial – if you are catching up on a little TV, consider pampering yourself at the same time. You could have a facial mask – Lumity’s 4-in-1 Cleanser acts as one when left on your skin for 20-30 minutes – and kickstart your skincare regime early.
DON’T eat anything else – it’s not good to eat after 8pm as it can disrupt your circadian rhythm and affect your sleep – which we know messes with our beauty! Watch your waistline by avoiding snacking and giving yourself at least 12 hours between your last meal and the first of the next day.
DO turn off screens – blue light emitting devices don’t aide sleep. So it’s best to turn screens off at least an hour or two before you have to go to bed. Blue light has even been shown to induce oxidative stress in skin which can lead to premature ageing.
DO have a (not too hot) bath or shower – a relaxing bath or shower is a good step to incorporate into your nighttime regime to help calm you and prepare your body for rest and relaxation. Just be wary about the temperature of the water. Too hot will dry out your skin and strip it of it’s natural oils.
DO read a book – reading a book doesn’t have to be luxury, in fact it shouldn’t be. Turning the pages of a good read is a fantastic way to unwind and relax. It’s also far more likely to lead you into the land of nod than being glued to the TV.
DON’T exercise – while working out is hugely encouraged for your wellbeing physically and mentally, doing it too close to bedtime can be detrimental to your sleep. Try to wrap up your fitness at least a couple of hours before you hit the hay.
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DO take off your makeup – forgetting to wipe off your makeup before climbing into bed doesn’t just make your pillow dirty, it messes with your skin. So ensure you’ve removed all makeup to avoid breakouts.
DO take your supplements – Lumity Day and Nighttime supplements are formulated to give your body what it needs, when it needs it. So they work in harmony with your circadian rhythm. The nighttime soft gels work to naturally stimulate the release of the human growth hormone, repair tissues, promote hormonal balance and aide a good night’s sleep. Set an alarm to remember to take your morning ones when you wake up too as they help boost energy, immunity, skin radiance and protect from oxidative stress while
DO cleanse – removing the days dirt, grime and makeup is essential for a clear complexion. Make cleansing an imperative step in your nighttime beauty regime. Lumity’s 4-in-1 cleanser works as a cleanser, gentle exfoliator, makeup remover and a face mask.
DO facial massage – once you’ve cleansed, and with your skin still slightly damp, apply Lumity’s Skin Nutrients Facial Oil using A-list facialist Nichola Joss’ facial massage.
DON’T pick up your phone – leave your phone outside of your bedroom if you can. It’ll curb the temptation to check your emails which can raise your stress levels. Also as mentioned previously you want to avoid blue light emitting devices before bed.
DON’T stay up late – 10pm might not be everyone’s bedtime and there are some people who stay up later than others. But try to keep your bedtime regular and ensure you’re getting your 7-9 hours of all important sleep.