Happy Saturday! When I'm not making my own body butter or mashing up bananas for face masks, I promise, I'm a lazy gal when it comes to my nighttime skincare routine! I know a lot of the DIYs on my blog can seem overwhelming: do this, buy this, make this, use this. But I do prefer to have a low-maintenance nighttime routine. It's just easier.
We're well in 2017, and I've been thinking about how I want to integrate more of my spiritual and healing knowledge! When I created this blog, I intended for it to be an all-encompassing guide for "mindful creations," including my knowledge about photography, fashion, and the arts. About half a year after I started the blog, my interest in natural skincare grew. Now, about a year and a half after the launch of this blog, I'm becoming more knowledgable about natural skincare, crystal healing, meditation, and astrology! So, in short: skincare posts aren't going to *just* be about skincare anymore. Everything intersects and I want to convey to you that you really can do it all! Now on to that nighttime routine.
Setting the Mood
You know it's time to get ready for the night when you're in your sweatpants and you don't want to leave the house. Maybe you've been in your sweatpants all day and you never left the house. That's cool too, but either way, your body knows when it's time to freshen up a bit before bed.
I always start my nighttime routine by lighting some candles in my room. Sometimes, if the room doesn't feel stuffy, I'll light an incense stick. Then, I go into my bathroom next door and throw on a headband or put my hair in a ponytail. At this point, I've probably connected my phone to my Bose speaker. Most likely playing Sade.
I like to start the skincare portion my nighttime routine by washing my face. I've been using Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser for about a month now, but before that I was using Botanics Cleanser. Both are amazing and have really helped during the cold temperatures. When I'm not using those two, I usually stick with regular coconut oil, but lately I am really enjoying Glossier's cleanser. I love how easily it melts into my skin and doesn't leave it feeling oily. If you're new to Glossier, click this link to receive 20% off your first purchase. This also adds $10 to my store credit. Win win!
Deep Skin Treatment
After I wash my face, I'll either exfoliate or put on a face mask. I was so pleased to find a mask that does both when I went to Ulta the other day! It's by a brand called Formula 10.0.6 and I'm really loving it. It's actually a 3-in-1 treatment called Three Times Sublime that cleanses, exfoliates, and draws out impurities as it dries. You start by rubbing it into your skin, as you would with an exfoliating scrub, then you let it dry for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with warm water.
Other times, I use Formula 10.0.6's skin peel, which is a chemical exfoliant. It removes dead skin cells and leaves your face feeling fresh, but it does this without the abrasive beads found in scrubs. Plus, no micro-tears and it's fun to peel stuff of your face!
I also found a Vitamin E oil concentrate from Jason's brand, perfect for scarring! I'll use this after my mask.
While the mask is drying, I'll walk back to my room where the candles and incense are burning. Sometimes I'll continue watching Netflix, but lately I've been caring for my crystals by setting their intentions and rearranging the altar-like setup I have on my night stand and windowsill. After I wash my mask off, I return to my room again for more meditation and downtime. Sometimes I'll write in my journal or do a reading from my Moon Deck.
Pictured below is the setup I made for the Winter Solstice last week. I'm starting to use totem objects like the Buddha figurine, the owl, and the clay lady that I sculpted. You can see her and her friend on my homepage! I also added quartz crystals for protection and a pink candle for love and warmth. The protective energies are further accentuated with my white sage bundle! I love burning sage (careful not to do it for too long in dorms though, it starts to smell like weed) and it makes me feel safe in whatever space I'm in.
As we enter the thick of the winter months, we're guided by the Capricorn sign, an Earth sign that promotes grounding and practicality. We're also moving into Aquarius season shortly, an air sign that urges us to communicate and practice fairness.
As you can see, my nighttime routine doesn't consist of solely skincare and I encourage you all to build a nighttime routine that encompasses all the practices you enjoy! Peace to you all!