I’ve got my nighttime self-care beauty routine down to a science! When I turned 40, I decided I needed to take my entire self-care beauty routine up a notch. I’ve made my nighttime self-care beauty routine a priority ever since!
If you are new here, it won’t take you long to notice that I believe we all should make self-care a priority-especially when we hit our midlife years!
Because beauty really does comes from within, my nighttime routine includes mind, body, and soul! And, of course, some awesome anti-aging skincare!
The best nighttime self-care beauty routine:
1. Get comfy
Get that bra off as soon as possible! I sometimes take mine off on the way home in the car at a stoplight. Can I get a witness?!
Side Note: Don’t wear underwire bras unless it’s necessary. They are from the devil.
Side Note: Don’t ever wear underwire bras unless it’s necessary. They are from the devil!
Change into PJ’s or Lounge Wear
Heck-at the time of this writing, I find that I practically live in my pajamas! Daytime pajamas and nighttime pajamas. Won’t all be glad when this is all over?! #2020
2. Eat dinner as early as possible.
This one has been and continues to be a challenge for me. I do know that I sleep better and tend to avoid extra LB’S when I eat earlier. If we eat too late, it can be fun things like heartburn and insomnia. No Thanks.
3. Enjoy the simple things
Once dinner is out of the way and the kitchen is clean, I like to cuddle up on the couch with my hubby and fur babies. It’s a nice time to decompress and reconnect.
We love to binge our latest favorite show or we pick a movie. It’s the simple things in life.
4. Skincare Routine (Before you get too tired)
I double cleanse my face at night. It really helps to get the sunscreen, make-up, and grime from the day off your face before cleansing again with a water-based cleanser.
I worked for Clinique as a make-up artist back in the day and fell in love with clarifying lotion #2. I have tried other toners, but I must say- I love it!
I switch it up once or twice a week and use a toner containing glycolic acid to take exfoliation up a notch. (exfoliation is yo friend, my friends!)
Serums are great because you can handpick the ingredients you need based on your skin and customize your skincare. I currently use vitamin c serum and several serums from the ordinary. In addition, I use the Buffet, Nicidamine, and Hydraulic acid.
The holy grail. If you are 35+, you got to do yourself a big favor and get yourself some Retin-A pronto! I use it 2-3 times a week after serums and before moisturizer.
Any more than that can be irritating to the skin. Retinol products available over the counter are also effective in treating the signs of aging. But nothing touches prescription-strength Retin-A.
Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize!
When we are talking moisturize- I’m talking your entire body. Since I live in Arizona, I am lotion-obsessed.
The truth is, everyone should be—Dry skin= old-looking skin.
There are so many moisturizers on the market that can make your head spin. I use Cervae’s PM lotion and Clinique’s Moisture Surge. They both work great and are super affordable, which is a major plus these days.
As I’ve shared many times –I’m lotion obsessed. I have an aversion to dry skin.
In addition to moisturizing the heck out of my skin, I also do dry brushing at least 3 times a week (usually in the morning), which helps my skin absorb the moisturizer better & stay silky smooth.
I’d say it’s about twice a week that I slather a nice thick coat of the emollient lotion on my feet and put on my feet socks that I get in my Christmas stocking every year. And when I wake up in the morning, my feet are as soft as a baby’s butt. (Well, almost).
I go into a bit more depth about my nighttime anti-aging skincare routine over on this post.
5. Take care of the pearly whites.
Raise your hand if you use an electric toothbrush! Isn’t it the best?! I mean, once you make the switch to electric, -a regular toothbrush just won’t cut the mustard. I can never go back.
The best thing about my electric toothbrush is that it has a 2-minute timer and a quadrant reminder. In addition, it makes this beep sound when it’s time to switch quadrants.
That way, all four quadrants of your mouth get the same amount of love. It’s genius!
Flossing is not my favorite way to spend my time. That said, it’s a necessary “evil.” Full disclosure: I don’t floss every night. I wish I did, but I don’t. Do you?
In addition to flossing, I use a Waterpik. It’s the bomb yall! And I’m not talking about one of the old-school waterpiks, no! They are the worst.
I’m talking about the new and improved Waterpik. It’s cordless and even waterproof, so you can use it in the shower if you please, which I do! It’s rechargeable too. My husband and I each have one. They cost around $50 bucks and last forever.
I’ve got my supplements & medications organized in a pretty little daily pill organizer. It’s nice to set my pills up once a week instead of dealing with them every night.
Supplements I take every. Single. Night.
Vitamin D helps with calcium absorption, immune function, and protecting bone, muscle, and heart health! It is also proven to be a potent inhibitor of cancer cell growth! Unfortunately, I was deficient in Vitamin D so I take it every night without fail.
I started to take Magnesium when I found out it helps with Migraines, and guess what?! No. More. Migraines! It also helps with sleep and keeps everything moving nicely if you know what I mean.
-Omega-3 Fish Oil
The number one reason I take Omega 3 Fish oil is for heart health– but it also helps with my hair and skin. I used to hate taking it because the tablets are huge but I finally got used to it.
Progesterone works with estrogen (I get Estrogen and Testosterone via HRT Pelletting) to improve health and help you feel better in several different ways. It keeps all those pesky hormonal side effects at bay and helps me with my sleep too! I have my Progesterone made at the compound pharmacy.
I have the worst allergies. This time of year is the worst, so I have to take Zyrtec in the morning and night. I also am addicted to allergy drops for my eyes.
It keeps my gut healthy. I’ve been taking this probiotic for a while now and I really like it. I have taken others that were more expensive and didn’t seem to work as well.
Helps me sleep like a baby! I just started taking Melatonin with CND, which is even better. I do have some crazy dreams though!
Vitamins + Supplements play a huge role when it comes to health and wellness, especially in midlife!
7. Run a humidifier in your bedroom.
Game changer! Increased humidity is proven to be beneficial to the skin. And I’m a believer! My skin loves it, and my plants love it: two birds, one stone.
The one I have is nice and quiet and has a big tank, so I only have to fill it every few days.
8. Focus on Gratitude.
I swear by practicing gratitude. It’s been a game-changer for me. I write five things I’m grateful for every night. It’s a perfect ending to every day.
9. More time to unwind
Sometimes I need more time to unwind from the day. Then, of course, I will read if I have a good book in the works, but lately, I’ve been enjoying some iPad time before bed.
It’s best to cut out screens at least an hour before bedtime to optimize sleep. The truth is, I usually put on my blue-light readers, stick my air pods in and fire up my iPad.
I love me some YouTube!
Did you know you can learn how to do almost anything on YouTube?! I watch stuff about beauty and self-care, gardening, blogging. I watch art videos and get tons of cooking inspiration too! It’s endless.
I have heard from reliable sources that the TickToc rabbit hole is a fun way to wind down at night. However, I don’t think I want to go there. Do I?
10. Do a sleep Meditation
When it’s time to go down for the count, I get myself super comfy and do a 20-minute meditation with Calm or Insight timer apps.
Calm is a paid subscription (I think it’s $12 per month), and I use the tree Insight Times, but I think you can upgrade if you want to. The free version works for me.
Since I started doing bedtime sleep, mediations-my sleep has improved remarkably! So if you struggle with sleep issues I highly suggest you give it a try!
There you have it! My nighttime self-care beauty routine for women over 40!
It works for me, and I hope it will inspire you even just a little bit. So be sure to leave me a comment below, so I know you were here and share your favorite bedtime beauty tip while you are at it.
Until next time, take good care of yourself!