Winter Night Time Wind Down
Out of all the seasons, I honestly think I need to look after myself and cosy up the most during winter. Don't get me wrong, there are parts of winter I like: Christmas, new year, my birthday... But when it comes to the evenings in general, I try very hard to relax both my mind and body, as the weather takes it out of you, especially in England! As I mentioned in my last post, I wanted to make this the year of Hygge, so I guess this is me following that through!
So, depending on whether I've just come back from work or a long day of lectures at uni, a cup of tea is always my first port of call. Noth sure what it is about tea, but I find it so simply therapeutic and calming. Yes, I guess you could say I'm a true Brit who believes tea fixes everything- because it does! I also like to take off all my layers, and my socks because I really don't like wearing them... and put on my fluffy cosy slippers.
Either while I'm boiling the kettle, or while I'm drinking my tea, I'll start to think about what I'm going to eat for dinner. Recently soup and bread have been so comforting and warming, so I like to sit down on the sofa (because I like to snuggle up with the blanket) with a big bowl of soup and bread and butter. It's so comforting and warming, the perfect thing for when it's cold, dark and wet outside.
After eating and watching a little bit of TV, I love nothing more than running a hot bubble bath and lighting some candles. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I've been loving The White Company's 'Winter' candle, it smells like Christmas in a candle, so that has been burning a lot during bath time. But, since I'm now back at uni, a warm shower has been put in place. Although it's not the same, it's still warming and relaxing.
Since my skin takes a bit of a beating during Winter, skincare becomes even more of a priority (if you've been following me for a while you'll know that I'm very into my skincare). So I like to remove all my makeup, before jumping into the bath and have been loving Elemis' Smart Micellar Water. This stuff makes it so easy to take off your makeup and doesn't leave your eyes sore from rubbing. I then give my face a quick wash with Soap & Glory's Vitamin C facial wash and hop into the bath and put a face mask on. Normally a classic mud mask or Cowshed's revitalising mask is a classic go-to. But my lovely sister got my a few of Sephora's face masks (in a variety of types), so I've really enjoyed trying them out! It's just such a shame we don't have one in the UK! While I let the mask do its thing, I like to give myself a little scrub. We all know how much I like that! The lovely people at Naturelle Cosmetics send me one of their scrubs and it smells like nothing else I've tried. It's heavenly!
After I come out of my bath or shower I like to grab a big glass of water as you can get dehydrated after being immersed in hot water, and I go and moisturise. Body butter becomes a big love of mine in the cold months, and Frank Body is certainly creeping up to being my all time favourite (you can read my post all about it here).
I then pop on some serum, Sarah Chapman, the founder of Skinesis, has come to the rescue as far as that is concerned. Her overnight Facial in the bomb.com, seriously. The scent on its own is relaxing, but to know it's doing my skin a world of good is even better.
Evenings definitely need some no tech time, so I like to chat to my parents or flatmates over a cup of tea (by this time it's likely to be chamomile or something non-caffeinated) and snuggle up in bed reading before settling down for, hopefully, a good nights sleep!
And there we have it, my Winter night time routine. I hope you've enjoyed reading about it and please let me know what you like to do to wind down in the cold months! Or if you live in the southern hemisphere, what you do during your Summer!