(Image credit- The Sleeping Beauty Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia http://russianbroadway.com/the-sleeping-beauty)
A great before bed routine I discovered if you want to wake up looking and feeling pretty or handsome:
Floss your teeth (of course) and brush with toothpaste mixed with baking soda. I saw on the Peta site that Arm & Hammer Baking Soda tests on animals, and I use it for many things, so if anybody knows of a baking soda that is cruelty free please let me know. Especially if it’s in Mexico. I have to find an alternative now.
Take a hot shower or bath. Wash your face while in the shower or bath and exfoliate (you can also do this by mixing baking soda in with your facial cleanser or use a separate exfoliating facial cleanser).
After your bath or shower massage some sort of cruelty free oil on your body while still damp and dry off with a thick fluffy towel. Some of my favorite oils are Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Massage Oil for Sleep in Lavender Vanilla or Palmer’s Coconut Body Oil. Baby oil is less expensive but try and find a cruelty free brand.
Then use a toner on your face, neck, behind the neck, and ears soaked in a cotton pad or disk and then massage pure (make sure it is not artificial) coconut, jojoba, or sweet almond oil into your face, neck, and ears. Jojoba is best for combo or oily skin, and the others are better for dry skin. I like to alternate.
After put some type of heavy duty body butter on hands, feet, lips, around the eyes and onto your eyelashes and eyebrows. Palmers has a great one, Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks, which is very nice because it is very thick and has lavender in it. I also like Bath & Body Too Shea 100% Shea Butter Body Balm. Shea butter is also wonderful.
Drink two large glasses of coconut water. Coconut water is full of potassium (more than 4 bananas) and electrolytes so it’s super hydrating. Mexico City has such a high altitude that I have been forced to find way of hydrating myself, inside and out.
Go to bed at 11 p.m. and wake up after 9 hours of sleep (if you can’t, adjust to your work schedule) and listen to an hour of relaxation music with subliminal messages for relaxing or sleeping messages while you are doing all of this. You can find these in Spotify or YouTube.
Do a quick 15 or 20 minute Yoga sequence from YouTube for sleeping, right on your bed, and in your pajamas.
Crawl under the covers, preferably with a cat or two (or three, ahaha), and “sweet dreams”.
Having a nighttime routine is very important for peaceful sleep. Each night as you start the same routine the body is being signaled that it is time to go to bed. By the time you are done you should have no problem falling into a nice, restful, and rejuvenating sleep.
You will notice how much better you feel and look in the morning.
None of these things are expensive or difficult, so anybody can do them.
Sweet dreams! XOXO
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