I often talk about a night-time skincare routine but what about a night-time body care routine? If I can give the skin on my body even half of the attention I give the skin on my face well then, we will be winning! I’m pretty dedicated to the face with a consistent 6-step (or so) routine that I do every single night. And whilst I do apply body care products every day as well there is still room for improvement. Hence, I want to talk about how to up your body care routine! Especially in the evening, before going to sleep. I promise it will make you sleep better too!
I like to shower at night in particular just because I like to feel clean when I get into the bed. There’s nothing like crawling into bed feeling clean and fresh and if you have fresh sheets even better! As soon as I get out of the shower, I like to apply a body cream whilst my skin is still slightly damp. This helps the product to sink in faster. It’s the same concept as applying a facial mist and then using hyaluronic acid serum which will help the product to sink in faster.
Recently I’ve been using a body butter and I absolutely love the Douvall’s Creamy Argan Butter – the texture is absolutely divine. It truly is a buttery texture – rich, thick and literally melts into the skin. I like that it’s made with 100% pure argan oil as well as plant-based oils and extracts and is toxic/chemical-free with no artificial fragrances. I actually have come to dislike overly-scented body care products and the more natural, the better! Hence, I can really appreciate this one.
I smooth this product all over the skin, focusing on areas that need extra moisture, like feet or elbows. If my skin is feeling particularly thirsty and in need of some extra nourishment, I like to add an oil – either into the moisturiser whilst applying to the skin or on its own once the moisturiser has sunk in. I do the same for my face as well – an oil is always my last step and I find it really helps to lock in all the products that were applied previously.
It’s really up to the individual whether you want to add an oil into your body cream application or use it after. For me, I go with ‘after’ so once the Douvall’s Creamy Argan Butter has melted into the skin, I like to massage in the Douvall’s Sensual Scented Argan Body Oil. It only takes a few drops and the scent is so lovely, especially before bedtime.
Douvall’s Sensual Scented Argan Oil is infused with skin-loving natural oils of germanium, orange and ylang ylang, with balsamic woody undertones that you can use for both the body and bath. I love a product that is multi-purpose so bonus points that you can actually add it to your bath as well for a fully immersive scent experience! And you can even use this in your hair (I like to put it on dry ends before going to bed). So many uses for this oil! The Douvall’s oils again have a natural fragrance (no fake fragrances here!) and are made with organic, cold-pressed argan oil so skin will really get a treat with this one.
If you really want to up your body care game then I recommend self-massage before bed – honestly there is nothing that relaxes me more than massage. It’s one of those things I just can’t live without! And if you want the ultimate luxury, I really recommend using the Douvall’s Argan Skincare Candle (I’ve got the Forbidden Spices scent) – it’s a candle that melts into a warm body oil that you can apply directly to the skin. If you haven’t tried a massage candle yet I really recommend trying one!
As they are, candles are super relaxing and I like to burn a nice candle at night anyways to set the mood and wind down for the day. So, a candle even by itself is a great way to up your body care game – imagine applying body oil and giving yourself a nice massage by candlelight – dream! But if you can imagine a candle that also melts into a warm body oil then it’s even better, right?
You can simply pour the oil onto skin (be careful that it’s not too hot of course) and massage away. Warm body oil feels so incredible – reminiscent of a spa massage. You can use this oil all over the body – it’s formulated with cocoa butter and 100% first cold pressed argan oil (high in Vitamin E, antioxidants and fatty acids). I love the scent of this oil as well – it’s got natural essential oils of ylang ylang, geranium, citrus fruits and balsam that is truly calming.
So, ways to up your body care routine? Treat yourself like you are in a spa! Of course, you need the right products – dreamy textures are key. And the massage candle is an absolute must. If you have a partner or someone to give you a massage, even better. What are some of the ways you up your body care routine?
*This post is in collaboration with Douvall’s but all opinions and product reviews are my own as always!