Since I was a teenager, I’ve struggled with going to bed on time.
I can’t tell you how many nights I came home from Cold Stone at 10:30 p.m., dead tired and knowing I had to get up for school the next morning at 5 a.m., and instead of going to bed, I’d just lie on the couch for a while, trying to muster up the energy to go upstairs and get ready for bed.
The idea of brushing my teeth, taking out my contacts, washing my face, and getting into my pajamas just seemed like way too much work.
(That previous paragraph makes me sound like the laziest person on the face of the planet, and perhaps that’s true).
Sadly, I haven’t outgrown this feeling of being too tired to go to bed.
Fifteen years later, and I still feel like “I want to go to bed, I just don’t want to GET ready for bed.”
Since one of my big foundational this year was to get to bed on time, I’ve adopted a new habit this year to help me actually get off the couch and go to bed.
Ever since Ella was born, I’ve changed into my pajamas right after she goes to bed, unless I’m going somewhere.
Now, when I go to change into my pajamas, I take out my contacts, brush my teeth, and take off my makeup at the same time.
This takes a total of about four minutes, but it’s basically life-changing for me.
At 7:30, it doesn’t feel like a huge hassle to take out my contacts and wash my face.
Not only do they make quick work of removing my makeup, but they also help my skin look and feel better.
I also like that it’s not a system – you can pick which ones work for your routine, whether that’s the Cotton Soft Pads for taking off nail polish or applying toner or the Shine Away Sheets that lift oil without smudging your makeup, and mix them in any combination.
My personal favorites are the Eye Makeup Remover (I’ve used a bunch of makeup removers over the last 15 years, and I’ve never seen a pad that actually got all the mascara, waterproof or not, off. I was instantly converted, especially since it’s oil-free and doesn’t leave my eyes feeling and looking greasy, AND I didn’t wake up in the morning with dark raccoon circles) and the Facial Cleansing Wipes so I can get all my makeup off in just a few seconds and get on to the more important parts of my evening like watching Person of Interest.
The other benefit of getting ready for bed right away is that if I’ve already brushed my teeth, I’m significantly less likely to snack after dinner (although, I’ll admit that some nights, I just end up brushing my teeth a second time after a last little treat).
And when 10:15 rolls around and I can just hop right in bed? It’s the best feeling.