Everyone knows it is good to wash your face every night before you go to bed, especially if you are wearing makeup. Makeup collects dirt and grime, which can get on your pillow and seep into your mind and affect your dreams. Or is it ‘make your pillowcase dirty’? Basically, no one wants to go to bed with an oily face, but a lot of us do it anyway.
Since I am not working full time right now, I don’t wear makeup every day. And when I do, it is light and I sometimes go to bed without washing my face. It took me a while to admit it to myself, but I finally did: I don’t like going to bed without a clean, fresh face. So why on earth do I do it?
What’s worse is that if I get into the habit of not washing my face at night, my frame of mind changes about a lot of things. I start to feel like my life has just gone out of control, which is totally nuts.
But also significant.
Similar to making your bed in the morning, washing your face at night can have a positive psychological effect. I am convinced going to bed with a clean face signals to my brain that I get a fresh start the next day, and time doesn’t just run together.
It also makes me feel like my life has structure, and structure is good for my sanity.
Since the start of my third trimester, I have realized just how important it is for me to have a nightly routine. While I can’t wait to not have a large bump over my stomach, I can’t forget that I need to take care of myself in the mean time, just the same. And once I have this little one, I can’t forget that I still need to take care of myself–to preserve my self-worth and make me feel like a human who is quite capable of caring for someone else.
It may seem like a stretch, but the one good reason to wash your face every night is that it serves as one tiny reminder that you’ve got this. If everything else in your life feels chaotic, hey, at least you know no one can stop you from going to bed with a clean face, with maybe even the subtle scent of rose petal water as an added touch.
Do you wash your face every night? Do you have any important nightly rituals that keep you grounded?
(Pssst: Natural beauty tips for your face.)