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My bedtime routine

While I was preparing myself for bed last night, I realised that I have a ridiculously long, laborious list of lotions and potions that I apply before hitting the hay. Am I the only one, or does your night-time routine …

Wed, Dec 1, 2010, 12:59

   

While I was preparing myself for bed last night, I realised that I have a ridiculously long, laborious list of lotions and potions that I apply before hitting the hay. Am I the only one, or does your night-time routine leave a lot to be desired in terms of efficiency?

I start off with cleansing my face. I used to do this in the bathroom, but as I have no hot water in mine (long story), I now use Nivea cleanser and toner in one, with cotton pads from Boots. Next? Toner by No 7, as I don’t believe the Nivea cleanser really tones, and I’m trying to use it up. (My guilty confession is that most of my cosmetics are there “to be used”; I have a sick obsession with finishing bottles, and there are very few things that give me as much pleasure as cleaning out a plastic bottle for the recycling.)

After toner comes moisturiser: Clinique total turnaround, currently. That’s topped off with some sudocreme if I have any eczema patches (leftover from childhood and not going anywhere fast) and Vaseline on my lips (simple tastes, me).

Next? Korres body cream, as all over as I can be bothered. If I’m with friends they usually get the thankless task of moisturising my back, as it haunts my every nightmare that my back might be drying up, given that I can’t reach it. I have been known to, at 7pm watching TV, turn to friends and go: “Oh! Will you moisturise my back?!” I may be a bit mad. After that it’s No 7 Protect and Perfect handcream, and, if I have it, some cuticle oil gets rubbed on first.

How about you? Do you go to bed straight away or do you have a long, convoluted regime? (Or is this a result of being single? I sometimes imagine that those in couples don’t bother doing all this as they’re, you know, busy fighting.)