Night Routine: 5 Essentials to Fall Asleep

Night Routine

Usually, I don’t have a hard time trying to fall asleep fast, but it hasn’t always been that way. Just a few years ago, there were nights where I would stay up until 2-3 a.m., unable to relax and fall asleep. As a result, I would wake up underslept, with dark circles under the eyes, cranky and generally not productive. At some point, I figured that it’s not the way to live my life and decided to develop the night routine that not only helps me fall asleep faster but also to look refreshed the next day.

Today I share my top five essentials that I always do or have at my night table in the evening to ensure that I have a good night of sleep.

Step 1: Hot Shower

I know many people are opposed to hot showers as it supposedly makes your skin dry. However, since I never skip moisturizer, I think that taking a warm shower twice a day is not a bad idea. While in the shower, I would use a lightly scented shower gel or my favorite neutral soap and allow water to rinse off my stress.

I never wash my hair at night as it doesn’t look as good in the morning as if I had freshly washed hair. I also rarely apply typical facial masks as I currently prefer overnight masks for p.m. and sheet or gel masks for a.m. After the shower, I use a body lotion, do my night routine, and put on my PJs.

Step 2: Hand Massage

L’Occitaine Shea Butter Hand Cream for Dry Skin

Then, I go straight to bed, where I read a book while applying hand lotion. My all-time favorites are hand lotions by L’Occitane.

Usually, I have one of them in my handbag, another in the bathroom, and another one at my night table.

Recently, I had a chance to test out hand lotions from eos Limited Edition Hand Lotion Set. I decided for myself that the berry blossom scent works the best for nighttime hand massages. The delicate petals one is my everyday handbag essential, and the cucumber scent is the one that lives on my bathroom countertop.

Step 3: Overnight Mask

After about half an hour of reading (there are no electronic devices allowed in the room at that time), I finally get sleepy, so I’ll go back to the bathroom and apply my overnight mask.

I know that some girls who use sleeping masks prefer sheet versions. But after a few accidents when the mask slipped from my face and ended up in bed, I stopped trusting those.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

Instead, I go for cream masks that I apply with a dedicated synthetic brush.

Some of my current favorite options are AmorePacific Time Response Skin Renewal Sleeping Masque and Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask.

Step 4: Lip Balm

When my overnight mask is on, I come back to bed and apply a lip balm or a lip mask. Doing so is one of the habits that I developed when I was a teenager. My lips used to be very dry. So I started using a lip balm at night, and now I’m doing so on autopilot.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

I have so many favorite lip mask to recommend. But if you want to know just one, it’s definitely Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask.

It dramatically transforms my lips overnight. The original flavor is my favorite, but there are many flavors to pick from.

Step 5: Sleeping Mask

I’ve been a belly sleeper my entire life, but I just recently noticed that I do stretch my under eyes area immensely while doing so.

Let’s be real: sleep creases do not look cute. It usually takes a few hours before I start looking presentable because of them. So I decided to try finding a solution to my situation. My first attempt was to teach myself how to sleep on my back. But I had to end this experiment after a few sleepless nights.

pure silk sleep mask by Slip.

These days I allow my body to take any position it feels like, and I just protect my eyes with a pure silk sleep mask by Slip. I also use a matching pillowcase that takes care of my hair while sleeping so I can preserve my blow-dry for a few days and make sure that my hair never tangles.

That’s pretty much it for my night routine essentials. I repeat this mini night routine every single day to de-stress and sleep better. I wonder what’s your favorite bedtime routine? Please share your thoughts in the comments area below.

Night Routine - 5 Essentials to Fall Asleep Fast

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  1. Shireen wrote:

    I love overnight masks and uses one almost every night. I am the opposite of you as in I love washing my hair at night because my hair looks better the next morning. My freshly washed hair on the other hand….oh dear, not the best look. Haha!

    Posted 4.7.17
  2. Mary Ryabich wrote:

    cute post and perfect pajama! just want the same one)))

    Posted 4.6.17
  3. Lesley wrote:

    Hehe your pjs and dog are the cutest! I’m gonna have to get an overnight mask…

    Posted 4.5.17
  4. Rachel wrote:

    I used to be so good about now using any electronics for the entire hour leading up to bed, but I fell back into the routine of scrolling through my phone until I fall asleep. Definitely trying to break out of that. I’m dying to try this hand cream! Love your pjs.

    Rachel /

    Posted 4.4.17
  5. Wearing a sleep mask is such a good idea! I also love sleeping on my stomach and dread the lines that are left on my face (occasionally I can sleep on my back, but I typically just hate it). Definitely going to try this!

    I hope you have been having a wonderful week :)

    xo, mikéla /

    Posted 4.4.17
  6. Yes, this trick really helps to relax!

    Posted 4.4.17
  7. Thanks, Melanie! Me too – always enjoy a cup of peppermint tea. Totally forgot to include it in my post!

    Posted 4.4.17
  8. Yes, if you haven’t already please give it a go – you’ll be surprised how great your skin feels after using it!

    Posted 4.4.17
  9. Thanks, Liz! PJs are from Forever 21!

    Posted 4.4.17
  10. I’d so glad it was helpful! Please keep me posted on which night mask you ended up using!

    Posted 4.4.17
  11. Agreed! I’ve been loving eos for many years!

    Posted 4.4.17
  12. Thanks! These are by Forever21 and cost just $23! In case you are interested, here is the link:

    Posted 4.4.17
  13. Thanks, Claudia! ❤️

    Posted 4.4.17
  14. Awww thank you so much for all your love, Jessica! Have a lovely day! xoxo

    Posted 4.4.17
  15. Thank you, Melanie! xoxo

    Posted 4.4.17
  16. Thank you, Mary! Hopefully you’ll be able to figure out your routine as it really helped me to sleep better!

    Posted 4.4.17
  17. Me too! It’s so relaxing!

    Posted 4.4.17
  18. Yep, a good night time routine is essential! I can’t fall asleep without having one!

    Posted 4.4.17
  19. Mayra Brito wrote:

    I love having a routine before bed too! It really helps me to relax! Love your pj’s!

    Posted 4.3.17
  20. Great products! I love doing hand lotion before bed, I don’t know what it is but I love it!

    Posted 4.3.17
  21. Mary Gui wrote:

    your sleep essentials are amazing! i need to get myself a routine like yours!

    Posted 4.3.17
  22. Melanie Pangilinan wrote:

    Very cute collab! I love your pjs and the tips you gave in this post. =)

    The Mel Division | Bloglovin

    Posted 4.3.17
  23. Jessica Battiato wrote:

    Oh my goodness!! So many thoughts! Your skin is gorgeous! Your puppy is soon cute and I am bananas for your jammies! Great post love! I also enjoy a hot shower before bed, I figure a good night sleep is worth a the chance of drying out my skin a bit! I will have to try eos lotions. I love the lip balm! XO

    Posted 4.3.17
  24. Claudia Wood wrote:

    Your pyjamas are amazing. So cute!

    Posted 4.3.17
  25. Liv Slack wrote:

    I’m obsessed with those banana pyjamas!!

    Posted 4.3.17
  26. They have some great products!

    Posted 4.3.17
  27. Courtney wrote:

    I’ve been looking for a great night mask! Going to have to try your recommendations!

    Posted 4.3.17
  28. These are great tips! I love your pjs too – so cute!

    xo, Liz

    Posted 4.3.17
  29. Parie wrote:

    Love the sound of an overnight mask! x

    Posted 4.3.17
  30. Such a great post! x I always like to have a cup of tea before going to bed – it really helps me sleep better!

    Melanie // Lilies Beauty

    Posted 4.3.17
  31. Apryl Hodges wrote:

    This is so great! I need to start leaving my phone away from my bed also! It keeps me up for hours haha

    Posted 4.3.17


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