My Nighttime Routine

I think it’s fascinating to read about other people’s nighttime routines… like Kandee Johnson’s fun and detailed one.

I’ve been asked several times about what I do and I thought I would share my little ritual.

  1. Take off my eye make-up

    I wear eye make-up about 3 or 4 times a week depending on what my schedule is like. I RARELY go to bed without taking it off as I think it harms my eyelashes! LOL! The mascara gets so hard and flaky in the morning… can’t be good. I’ve been using these Jason’s make-up remover pads for years. It has pretty clean ingredients and does the trick! I’ve tried making my own using coconut oil but it just doesn’t work the same. (I’m open to trying something else so do share if you have any good tips though!)

  2. Wash my face

    I have normal to dry skin with a little “congestion” (little pimples, black heads and larger pores) in the t-zone area. I use Kiss My Face Olive Oil Soap with a natural sponge. This gives my skin a gentle daily exfoliation. Once a week or so, I use this scrub from Tropical Traditions but you could also make your own mixing coconut oil with sea salt and a drop of essential oil. I use the scrub in my t-zone and stay away from the fragile skin around the eyes.Many nights I let my skin “breathe” throughout the night and replenish its own oils naturally. Once or twice a week, I like to coat my skin with a thin layer of fresh, raw aloe vera gel. This is a great for all skin types. If you have oily, aloe vera moisturizes without adding extra oil. If you have dry, aloe vera helps seal in moisture. If you have sensitive, aloe vera helps soothe inflamed or irritated skin. I also like that it’s a cell generator (think fountain of youth :) )

  3. Floss my teeth

    I have a love-hate relationship with my teeth and dental hygiene. I don’t like doing it but have to. I have high maintenance  teeth since I rotted out so many molars with my sugar addiction back in the day. I floss daily… sometimes twice a day (especially after eating a mango :) ). I like the mint wax floss that’s relatively thin. This gets in-between the crevices where food and bacteria can hide out. I also sometimes use my water pick but it’s so LOUD that I don’t want to wake up Griffin.

  4. Brush teeth

    I use a soft bristle toothbrush from recycle plastic and this awesome toothpaste that my dentist created. I’ve pleaded her to sell online or in stores but she’s too busy to start a toothpaste company. LOL! It’s the ONLY one I’ve found on the market that doesn’t contain fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate (or any of its derivatives) and glycerin. Glycerin, which is in almost all toothpastes, actually coats the teeth and makes them harder to clean and less able to breathe (yes, our teeth need to breathe :)).

    I know there are some tooth soaps or powders that also don’t have these last 2 ingredients but I think they taste terrible. LOL! My dentist’s toothpaste tastes like mint and similar to conventional ones… even my hubby likes the taste. I love that Griffin can use it freely and I don’t have to worry about him being harmed if he swallows it. NEVER give a child toothpaste with fluoride as it’s toxic to the human body. Read more about it here.

    Be sure to brush your teeth for 2 minutes. I used to only do about 30 seconds and I’ve noticed a BIG difference in the clean teeth feel.

  5. Put on my night guard and retainer

    Yes, I still have my retainer from when I got my braces off in 8th grade! Feel free to make fun of me BUT I do have to say that my teeth haven’t moved like some of my friends who didn’t wear theirs. My cousin even had to get her braces back on because her teeth moved so much! UGH! I actually wear my retainer every other day since it’s made with a hard plastic which isn’t great to be sucking on all night. If I go too long though, it gets harder to put on my teeth as they move that quickly!

    However, I wear my night guard religiously. I’m a clencher and even have created fractures in a few teeth from the pressure. I love mine because my dentist made one that’s non-toxic and safe to wear all night long. I also love how small it is compared with the old one I had that was like what football player’s wear! LOL!

  6. Put on lip balm

    Thankfully, I don’t suffer from chronic, chapped lips but I do love the feeling of lip balm on my lips before bed. It seals the deal and makes me feel happy and ready for bed. It also makes my nighttime kiss with honey even sweeter :). I like this Badger Vanilla balm. The ingredients are clean and it smells good.

  7. Say my prayers

    Each night, I get on my knees and give thanks for my life, my son, my marriage, for not having to stuff my face with sugar anymore and for being loved. I review my day and think of times where I was off (was too quick to anger, impatient, passive, etc.) and think about how I can make it right or do it different next time. God is so good because He often reminds me of the things I did that were GOOD as I can be hard on myself.

  8. Give Mike a kiss

    I can’t fall asleep unless I get a kiss from hubby. He’s usually either praying or reading by this time. Sometimes we chat or cuddle for a few minutes but regardless, I always end my day with a kiss from Michael.

  9. Sleep!

    I usually like to be asleep by 10:30 p.m. I’m lucky in that I fall asleep within minutes. Sometimes, I wear headphones and listen to soaking music, lulling off to praise music that inspires my dreams, which are often vivid.

There you have it, mamas. My little night time ritual. Hopefully, I didn’t put YOU to sleep. LOL!

How about YOU? What’s your favorite part of your night time routine? What can’t you do without? 

About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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42 Comments

  1. Laura September 16, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Hi Mama Natural! Wondering if you still use the Avalon Organics Shampoo? We are trying to switch to safe cosmetic products. Also, is Kiss My Face still your choice for kids? I have two little boys and hate using toxic products on their hair and bodies. I do have Kiss My Face body soap that I also use on their hair. Curious if you still use these products you mentioned, or if you’ve found something better by now :) Thanks!

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  3. Elaine July 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    There is no exact amount stated for what they refer to as high fluoride levels. The recommended extrememly low dose of fluoride that is recommended for drinking water is 0.7- 1.2 ppm (parts per million) so I’m assuming they are talking about at least 15-20 times more than the minimum. The average toothpaste contains 1,000 ppm of fluoride and a prescription toothpaste that many adults who are high risk for cavities (many of whom grew up without fluoride) is 5,000 ppm. Some adults even brush their teeth and spit the excess out without rinsing. It is not intended to be swallowed in gobs, just brushed with and rinsed out. Yes, very high levels of fluoride can cause toxicity that is why it is important to watch kids so they don’t swallow adult toothpaste or rinses. Children’s toothpaste contains much less fluoride than adult. I have never had a patient have more than a tummy ache when an in-office fluoride foam treatment (much higher dose than daily amount of toothpaste) was swallowed. I also wrote my practicum thesis on fluoride toxicity so you can present me with all the studies you want, but I know good research and un-biased results. This report also claimed that the “average loss was only half of one IQ point” – is that really significant? I think not really.

  4. Lacey @ KV Organics July 26, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    OK, back after getting kids to bed and hanging out with some friends who came over… Just wanted to also say…

    - Yay for aloe! Agreed! It is an amazing food for skin!
    - Have you seen the toothbrush from Preserve that you can mail back?
    - Yay for lip balm! This is DEFINITELY part of my night routine!
    - Yay for prayers and kisses – also part of my routine. :)

    Thanks for a fun post. :)
    Lacey @ KV Organics recently posted Almost Amish

  5. Ashley July 26, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! The motivation I need to get serious again with my nighttime routine. Adding a newborn into my already crazy routine with my toddler has me slacking on myself. But time to get serious and keep my skin young :) plus I love that you have a fresh aloe plant! I need one now! :)

  6. Lacey @ KV Organics July 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Hey Genevieve. I just checked out the ingredients on the Jason’s Eye Makeup Remover pads (sorry, it’s what I do for a living… ;) …people send me ingredients lists to check out for them all the time, with all sorts of “natural” brands.)

    Is this the right product?
    http://www.jasoncosmetics.com/jas_50005quikcln.html

    Just curious if you think parabens are safe? I’ve always felt it best to avoid them with all the controversy, why risk it, you know? But I’m wondering if you’ve seen some research that makes you feel comfortable with them?

    Blessings,
    Lacey :)
    Lacey @ KV Organics recently posted Almost Amish

    • Genevieve August 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Hi Lacey,

      There new formulation does not contain parabens so I feel OK about using :)>

      Cheers!

      • Lacey @ KV Organics August 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm

        Ah-ha! Very cool. Wonder why they haven’t updated their site? Or maybe I got some sort of techno glitch to the wrong list? Anyways, glad to see they’re removing the parabens. I know there’s no ‘nail in the coffin’ definitive proof that they’re bad, but better safe than sorry, IMO. :)
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  7. Christine July 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Earthpaste (http://www.redmondtrading.com/product/earthpaste-natural-toothpaste/earthpaste-amazingly-natural-toothpaste) is the only brand of toothpaste that I’ve found that does not contain glycerin. I’ve tried the tooth powders as well, and they are very hard to use because they taste so bad. The Earthpaste tastes really good (we like Wintergreen in our house), even my husband likes it and he hasn’t been a fan of any of the “natural” toothpastes I’ve introduced so far.

    • Lacey @ KV Organics July 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Yeah, it is really hard to find toothpaste without the glycerin. We’ve been using Miessence since I stumbled upon it two years ago. Love it!

      (In the spirit of full disclosure, I do now work with them for a work-at-home-mom income, but I am first and foremost their happy customer and would switch if I ever found something better – married to principles not a brand – just haven’t found anything better, all variables considered.)

    • Genevieve July 27, 2012 at 6:16 am

      Thank you for sharing! Gonna try this! YAY!

  8. Loretta July 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Love the routine! I wash my face with honey every night. I just moisten (weird word) my face with water then rub about 1 teaspoon all over my face and let it sit while I floss and brush. Then rinse with cool water and pat dry. This is cleansing and moisturizing, but not greasy feeling, even in the summer. Honey is raw and organic, ideally. I got the idea from crunchy betty’s blog.

  9. Dallas July 25, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I don’t always do this, but I like to use a cotton ball soaked with Witch Hazel and a drop of lavender EO to use for a skin astringent. Really refreshing and I find I don’t need to use lotion afterwards because it’s really moisturizing!

  10. Shannon A July 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I use a wonderful Aloe based (no water) skin care line called L’Bri on my face, I just love it. No junk in it and their Aloe is Organic. I love what you use to get your eye makeup off. I will have to see if I can find some in our town. I also need to invest in a good mouth guard. I clench my teeth at night and have developed TMJ because of it.

  11. Jenny Womack July 25, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Two questions:

    Have you ever tried No-Poo/what do you use on your AWESOME hair?

    and

    I don’t wash my face with anything at all (just warm water), and that seems pretty natural to me (unless I have to get off makeup, once in a while). What do you think of that? Good/bad for your skin to not use anything?
    Jenny Womack recently posted The No-Poo Challenge

    • Erin July 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      I do the same thing, no face wash – just warm water and a wash cloth to remove dead skin cells. It has been working out great!

      Also, I have tried No-Poo once. A long time ago – not sure why I stopped. I have been wanting a natural shampoo and this is the perfect thing to do. I am going to try it again and really stick with it. My hair is really thick and course, so I think it will work out in the long run. I am going to check out our blog, “The No Poo Challenge”.
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    • Genevieve July 27, 2012 at 6:14 am

      I think it’s great to just use water. If that’s working for your skin, stick with it!

      I’ve flirted with the No Poo experiment and it wasn’t pretty :). I use Avalon Organics shampoo/conditioner and wash every other day. Nothing too fancy but it works.

  12. Erin July 25, 2012 at 11:30 am

    This is an awesome routine. I have been trying to find a natural soap that isn’t super expensive and is ok to use on my baby, just bought some Kiss My Face. Can’t wait to use it!

    The only thing that worries me is that people are using natural sponges. They are living creatures that also act as filters for our oceans and we do not know how to replace them once they are harvested from the reefs.
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  13. Elly July 25, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Thanks for sharing…love it! :)

  14. Cam July 25, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I brush my teeth with a homemade concoction of coconut oil, baking soda and essential oil (mint or clove is nice). I’ve done this for almost a year now and it does the trick quite nicely. I use a natural bristle tooth brush (Fuchs is my favorite). Every evening I floss, brush, read, stretch and meditate before drifting asleep. Sweet dreams!

    • Genevieve July 27, 2012 at 6:13 am

      Love how you stretch! Need to do that :)

  15. MrsRobinett July 24, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I too use the oil cleansing method (1 pt caster oil: 9 pts sunflower oil) for my face a couple times a week. The toothpaste situation has been up and down for us over the years. I have a recipe that I have yet to try, I keep telling myself I’ll get to it soon. Also, I wish my retainer from 8th grade still fit, because my teeth did move and they need to be put back!
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  16. stephanie July 24, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    well, as i am a stay at home mommie my night time time routine is thus;
    march 3 children upstairs around 6 pm. yes, this IS early, however, not when i have been doing it for 4 years. my children who are 4, 2 nad 4 months know no different. this way, my hubbie and i get some precious alone time as well before we go to bed. he has to get up at 5;30, and so does everyone else more or less.
    i oversee teeth brushing. then we do our sticker charts. then the girls go pick out books for me to reda in my bed. we have a king size bed and it is just more comfortable for everyone. after books are read, we make “sandwiches” the girls lay down and i “butter” their tummies, sprinkle cheese on with tickles. put on sugar with kisses, etc. we have fun making up new toppings each night. (octopus was a favorite for awhile after my daughter, to my astonishment, willingly ate a whole baby octopus in hawaii) after that i “eat” the sandwiches up. after so many tickles and laughter ( which i love, and reminds me of how wondeful and blessed we are) we put our hands together and pray. then off to bed! then i relax, brush and floss my teeth, sometimes wash my face, i never wear make-up anymore unless im going on a date with my hubbie or out for a special occasion, an hang out in bed with my hubbs. we fall asleep anywhere from 8 to 11 pm, but most nights it 9. my baby boy, 4 months sleeps with us as i am nursing. about 2 am my 2 yr old daughter makes her way into the saftey of our bed from her room where it is “scarey and dark” even though she falls asleep with every single light on in her room.

    • Genevieve July 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks for sharing! Sounds like you have a lovely way to close out the day :)

  17. Emily July 24, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Giving myself a little pat on the back because I’m already using many of the products that were shown. I also use an oil cleaning method (caster oil, sunflower seed oil, and a little bit of tea tree oil) a few nights a week that has done wonders for my dry skin.

  18. jen July 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Boy, crunchy toothpaste is such a tough one. It’s impossible to find 0ne without all the junk and I really do want that fresh clean feeling. Since your dentist doesn’t sell your toothpaste online….would it be possible for you to share the ingredient list with us?

    • Genevieve July 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      I’ll see if she’s cool with that and let you know.

  19. Morgan July 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I love your routine! I use a sea salt/lemon juice/olive oil scrub too. A few times a week, I use some honey as a mask. For the other days I use an egg yolk mask. No lotions here either :o)
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  20. Allyn July 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I don’t have anything earth shatteringly interesting to share, but I think it is great that you have such a set routine. My husband and I are both in academics and the summer, while we have tons of research and whatnot to get done, is a much, much more relaxed time. We can get good parking spots on campus even if we roll in late, deadlines are more sparse and less strict, etc. So we have fallen into terrible habits of staying up until midnight or later, rolling out of bed at nine, etc. It makes for a far less productive day since by the time we check email, blogs, google reader, it’s 10:30 and we are just starting the day. We keep saying we are going to get everyone back on a good routine, but it’s so hard…. Well, school is starting soon (yikes! syllabi to prep!) so this is a good remind that we had better start getting back in to our routine sooner rather than later.

    • Genevieve July 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      I’m envious… I’d love to start my day at 10:30 a.m. :) Enjoy this time as it will pass as life gets busier again. XO

  21. Samantha July 24, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Love all the natural products you use! I have been looking for a new natural toothpaste. I’ll have to see if I can find the one you mentioned.
    Samantha recently posted My Nighttime Routine

    • Genevieve July 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Unfortunately, she doesn’t sell it online, only in her office (in Illinois) but perhaps you could find an alternative.

      • Amanda July 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm

        Ah! Would you be willing to share the name of her practice?!? We rarely go to the dentist because it costs so much (no insurance) but I’ve been looking for a good one who’s okay with a more natural approach. Feel free to email me instead ([email protected]). Thanks!

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