My Summer Night Routine & Favorite Sensitive Skin Care Products!

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Your night can make or break the next day. It can determine whether you’re going to be a hot mess running around trying to find more deli meat for your wrap, or whether you’re going to be a serene, ready-to-tackle-the-day #girlboss. I have had my fair share of both kinds of mornings, but I think we would all rather have our lives together. So, here is my night routine when I am living my best life; not every night looks like this. To be honest, I’m mostly writing this to remind myself of how I want my nights to look like during the week rather than binge watching yet another series on Netflix!


My night routine definitely changes based on whether it’s a work night or a weekend night, but here’s a glimpse into what an average night would look life for yours truly. If you want to know how I have the best mornings ever by preparing at night, then keep reading!


My Summer Night Routine

Usually I’m trying to make it to bed by 10:30/11:00pm, so my whole routine starts around 8:00/8:30pm, this is when I start to get ready for the next day and finish any last minute tasks of the day. **Mondays are The Bachelorette nights and I usually will start before the show preparing for the next day and multi-task while watching.** On Sundays, I wind down with the #BloggingCollege Chat!

I think what really makes the difference between whether I’m going to have a smooth morning is whether or not I pack my lunch. It saves so much time to either meal prep or at least plan out what you’re going to have. Cut up your fresh fruit, measure out the spinach you need for your salad, and throw your water infuser in the fridge!

Shower and Nightly Skin Routine

Since I’m still sweaty and gross from the gym, I’ll make sure to shower. A quick face wash immediately after returning from the gym is essential to get off all the grime that is exposed after a good sweat. I like to use just a simple, gentle cleanser for this wash.

I save my heavy duty skin routine for after I get out of the shower! Currently, I’ve been struggling with acne a little bit; my eating habits haven’t been great the past week or two. I pulled out my favorite cream Acne cleanser from Neutrogena. It’s gentle enough for sensitive skin, but has worked in the past for clearing up past acne blips, and works on preventing new pimples from popping up!

I’ve also started using two Origins products I got in an Influenster Box. The two products are specifically made to be used at night and smell absolutely amazing. You can find them here and here. On a my-acne-isn’t-ruining-my-life day, I love the Cera Ve products which were recommended by my dermatologist. If you’re a sensitive skin gal like me, these products are super gentle!

End of TV and Computer Use

This is the part of my night routine that rarely ever gets followed. Whether I’m trying to do some last minute edits on a vlog or blog post or watching another episode of Gilmore Girls, I typically am using some kind of digital device until my eyes close.

I’ve been trying really hard to tell myself to give it a break. Relax your eyes from the harsh LED screens and enjoy a book, talk with my roommates, or plan a little bit. Something that gets me away from the computer, TV, and tablet!

I think what I’m going to start doing now is have the bedtime function set to an hour before I actually want to go to bed. This will allow me to know exactly when I need to shut off all my electronics. Also, I think if I pick up a good book that I might actually read then that’ll help me want to stay off the technology. If you have any pressing recommendations leave them in the comments down below!!

Since, I’m usually chilling in my room for all of this, I typically will pick my clothes for the next day! This sometimes isn’t really necessary because I can wear any combination of jeans and t-shirts to lab and it really doesn’t matter all that much since I’m wearing my lab coat 79% of the time. However, if I want to be cute, I’ll throw a little something-something out to prepare for the next day!

Time For Sleep

I should have hopped off my computer and turned off the Netflix by 10:30/11:00pm. I’ll typically grab a cup of water or decaf tea to wind down even more for the night. This is just a soothing way of preparing my body for bed. If it’s one of those days where Netflix runs my life, I will end off the episode when I start falling asleep and finish off the water I probably didn’t finish from my workout and then I’ll hit the hay!


Hopefully, that was helpful in seeing how I have a productive night when I come home from work during the summer. I make changes when I have plans at night, but I basically just replace working on the computer with social hour. I even **try** to work out every day even when hanging with friends in the evening.

Finding your own rhythm and a system that works for you is going to be key to keeping up with a great night routine. I love having my smoothie and making my lunch and then moving to being productive and having my shower shortly after. What is your favorite way to wind down at night? Cutting off your devices a lot harder than you thought? Let me know in the comments down below. I’d love to know which Netflix shows have you up at night!

xo,

  • Oh I have plenty of those days when Netflix rules my life too. It’s so hard to get off our phones, laptops in this day and age
    Dora
    http://www.adropofindigo.com/

  • Excellent routine! I am a huge fan of that FAB moisturizer myself!

  • I use CeraVe & Neutrogena, too! I have sensitive skin & these definitely help battle my pimples & leave my skin feeling so refreshed!!

  • Adriana

    I love those First Aid Beauty products too! They’re some of my favorites! It’s important to change up your routine for summer when the weather changes so much!

  • Thanks for the #BloggingCollege shout out 😉 Loved seeing what products you use! I had no idea Neutrogina made a redness-soothing cleanser!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  • I love that you make sure to clean your skin before bed and get to bed around the same time every night! I have sensitive skin and I’ve always been a huge fan of Neutrogena products. Lately I’ve been trying my best to take my makeup off as soon as I get home.

  • Miss ALK

    Neutrogena products are wonderful! I love hearing about others’ night routines. 🙂

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  • I’m super nosy so I love reading other people’s night time routines. I am super bad about getting off my devices at a regular time which definitely affects my sleep.

  • I love reading about other people’s skincare routines. I’m also a huge fan of Neutrogena face washes- I love their pink grapefruit scrub one!

  • Sydney Power

    I love reading night time routines! I love a good face wash, toner and I do face masks at night too!

  • thesophiadiaries

    I always forget about first aid beauty… gotta buy their face mask again xD thanks for sharing!! x

  • I love peoples routines! It’s so interesting sicne all i do is watch tv and and go to bed! haha well I show and brush my teeth and moisturize

  • Danielle

    I want to try CeraVe! I’m use Cetaphil for my acne at the moment, but I’ve only ever heard great things about CeraVe! I’m DEFINITELY going to be looking into that Neutrogena face wash!

    – Danielle | dragongirlblog.com

  • I’ve always wanted to try those First Aid products! And I don’t know anyone else but you and I who use the iPhone Bedtime function hahaha

  • This is so cute girl! I love reading people’s routines. I actually started using the Apple bedtime function too!

  • Great post! I love to read other people’s routines! I usually start to wind down necessary tasks around 8 and organize for the next day too. Once I’m ready for bed I usually do some more work on my computer while my boyfriend plays video games but nothing too stressful or thought provoking. Kind of just easy mundane tasks.

  • Your nighttime routine looks so awesome! I don’t have much of a routine right now but I’m trying to get one. I’m currently switching all of my skincare to the SeneGence products.