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10 Essential Items to Improve Your Night Routine

10 Essential Items to Improve Your Night Routine
Design: theSkimm | Image: Patchology, Brooklinen
Sep 15, 2022

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Unwinding after a long day? Often easier said than done. When you've got errands to run, dinner to make, and other loose ends to tie up following the workday, it can be tough to fit in even a few minutes of that all-important self-care — we feel ya. But having the right products on hand can help prep you for bedtime by ushering in the cozy, relaxing vibes. So we've rounded up some must-haves to create what we like to call the ultimate nighttime aesthetic: from comfy PJs to beauty products and more that’ll get you in the snoozin’ mindset.

Cozy socks that’ll become your new nighttime essential…

Whether you’re wearing them to bed or just to lounge around the house. They’ve got full cushion and a terry-lined interior, come in six different colors, and run from sizes 5-12 (the brand recs sizing up if you’re in between). Pro tip: Snag more than one pair and save up to 15%. ($15, Brooklinen)

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A super-soft pajama set from an HQ’r-fave brand…

Thanks to its ultra-comfy, breathable fabric that only gets better with wear. (As if you needed another reason to get excited to climb into bed.) This set comes with a sleeveless top and cheeky shorts with cute ruffled edges, available in two colors and sizes XS–XL. Want something with a little more coverage for chillier nights? We rec this buttery-soft one from the same brand that’s got full-length pants and a long-sleeved nightshirt with a contrast-piping design. Time to catch some Zzz’s. ($86.50, Eberjey)

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A body lotion that works its magic while you sleep…

Packed with ingredients like argan plant stem cells, nutmeg seed, argan oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter to firm, tighten, smooth, and (most importantly) hydrate. Because winter and the dry, flaky skin that comes along with it will be here before you know it. Use it right out of the shower — after exfoliating, scrubbing, or shaving — or during the day on any spots that need a little TLC. ($43, Dermstore)

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Dairy-free hot cocoa that’ll help you fall asleep…

Just put one scoop into a mug of hot water or milk 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime. It’s made with coconut milk, it’s keto-friendly and non-GMO, and it has only 5 calories per serving. The cocoa has sleep-enhancing vitamins and minerals like magnesium, reishi, melatonin, and nano-hemp to help you catch those Zzz’s and stay asleep, as well as regulate stress, mood, and well-being. And if you love it, subscribe to the brand’s monthly shipments for 20% off each order. ($76+/30 servings, Beam

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A nighttime face oil from a cult-fave brand…

This Sunday Riley oil is designed to target fine lines, thanks to its retinol-infused formula that encourages exfoliation for smoother, plumper skin. It’s also got licorice to help brighten dark spots, and blue tansy and chamomile to help soothe redness. Use it right after cleansing and give it a couple of minutes to sink into your skin before applying the rest of your nightly skincare products. ($55+, Dermstore)

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An eye mask for light sleepers…

This one’s made from luxurious mulberry silk that’s naturally cool to the touch and helps prevent eye creases. It’s got a soft elastic band that’ll protect your hair from friction or damage and a wide area of coverage for blocking any light coming in. Grab it in any of the four core or limited-edition colors, and pair it with the matching silk pillowcase. ($29, Brooklinen)

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And eye patches to incorporate into your nighttime skincare routine…

If sleeping with an eye mask isn’t your thing, snag these restorative eye gels from the Patchology instead. They’ve got options for de-puffing, hydrating, soothing, anti-aging, and more that’ll have you looking your best in the AM. Simply place them under your eyes for at least five minutes and rub the remaining serum into your skin after you’ve removed them. Snag ’em individually if you’d like to try a sampling of different ones, or get as many as 30 per pack. ($3+, Patchology)

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A stone diffuser that’ll add some nighttime-aesthetic scents to your room…

This handcrafted Vitruvi diffuser uses ultrasonic technology to keep essential oils at their full integrity as their scent diffuses into the air. Plus, its chic design will look great in your bedroom. Pair it with the brand’s own oils to fill your space with calming scents like juniper and vetiver, or snag this set of 10 to create your own nighttime vibe. ($123, Anthropologie)

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An alarm clock that’ll wake you up with a sunrise effect…

This one gradually increases through 1 million light stages as the sun rises to mimic as close to a real sunrise as possible — unlike other sunrise clocks that simply jump through preset stages of light. Use it as a reading light before bed, or tap the midnight light to see in the dark. Choose from five natural sounds to greet the day with, or set it to your fave morning FM radio station for an energetic wake-up call. And check out more of our fave alarm clocks for every budget and type of sleeper here. ($99.95, Amazon)  

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A pillow meant to help you get your deepest sleep…

On account of its soft, zero-pressure cushioning and contour support that will cradle your head and neck — no matter your snoozin’ style. And when you wake up, you won’t have to worry about frizzy hair or skin creases thanks to a super-smooth included pillowcase made from a nylon and spandex blend. Doesn’t get much better than that. ($99, Cushion Lab)

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