What is life if not a summation of the little things that matter? For some, it's the perfect cup of coffee. For others, it's a beautiful sunrise. For me, it is none of these things. In my mind, the greatest satisfaction comes from ditching my phone in some forgotten corner of my apartment, watching Netflix surrounded by cats while the juiciest of face masks is sprawled across my face, all after I have just taken a hot shower at a temperature just shy of uncomfortably searing and my body has been lathered with body cream that suggests I am living a life of luxury beyond my actual means. A perfectly crafted nighttime routine, my friends, is the key to happiness.
If the above description sounds mildly enticing to you, read on to discover my curation of delectable skincare delights that will help you sally forth on your new nighttime routine. Whether you are a creature of habit with an already well-oiled (both figuratively and literally) evening regimen, or you are a curious beginner wondering how to elevate your self-care program to new heights, there is something on this list for everyone.
FOR YOUR FACE
There's a reason why this product is a cult favorite from NY-founded brand, MALIN+GOETZ. The 3-in-1 formula is a hardworking skincare essential that helps effectively remove makeup, dirt and oil at the end of the day, as well as improve the look and feel of skin thanks to toning properties. Without feeling drying or stripping, this is the best way to reinvigorate your mug at the end of a long day. For those looking to develop an uncomplicated skincare routine without all the frills, the Grapefruit Face Cleanser is a must-have. The product is also vegan and cruelty-free.
FOR YOUR BODY
There is something inherently therapeutic about relaxing in a hot shower and being engulfed within a warm mist of good smells. Founded by professional snowboarder Nima Jalali, Los Angeles-founded Salt & Stone is all about being in harmony with nature. Known for beautifully crafted scents such as "Bergamot and Eucalyptus," the imprint's body wash iterations are olfactory experiences of the bathroom. The brand is also known for its responsible practices, with packaging created from upcycled ocean plastics, and manufacturing via renewable solar and hydroelectric energy. You can feel at ease using Salt & Stone's products, knowing that you're doing your part for the planet – and have a great bath time while you're at it.
FOR YOUR HAIR
The eponymous label from renowned hairstylist John Masters is known for potent products made from earth-friendly ingredients delivering salon-level results. For me, I go weak at the knees for any hair products that utilize peppermint so the conditioner in this duo definitely gets bonus points – aside from its undeniably fresh scent, the use of peppermint also leaves a tingling feeling on your scalp if you're looking for that extra little something-something in your haircare routine.
I once told my friend that his skin felt like a baby dolphin and he told me it was because he moisturizes every night. Since then, I have never dared underestimate the importance nor impact of daily moisturization. Although Copenhagen-based imprint FRAMA is revered for its beautifully minimalist furniture, its skincare offering (aptly dubbed its Self-Care Collection) comprises equally refined products. For your hands, reach for the Herbarium Hand Cream and for corporeal hydration, try the Apothecary Body Lotion.
Stress can manifest in many forms. For those who may have trouble sleeping when external and internal stressors become too overwhelming, mayhap take a gander at aromatherapy? I know, I know – you're sceptical. But don't try and deny that a soft linen eye pillow designed to engage your acupressure points to soften the delicate muscles around your eyes does not sound tempting. The BODHA Ritual Aromatherapy Eye-Pillow is devised to release facial tension and calm the mind with therapeutic scents such as lavender and chamomile. Stress? Who is she?