6 Uncommon & Beneficial Nighttime Skin Rituals

Everyone eventually figures out their go-to nightly beauty routine. Whether it's face planting into bed with a face full of makeup, pampering in the bathroom for hours, or falling somewhere in between, we all have our "thing' we do before bed. But sometimes, it's possible to get stuck in a rut, or to become so desperate for change that you become willing to try anything. When that's the case, it's time to switch up your nighttime skin ritual in favor of something a little more different.

Of course, if you love your old-fashioned bar soap and water routine, then stick with it. And if you've finally perfected your ten-step regimen to keep zits at bay, then far it be from me to suggest you make a change.

But sometimes you hit a crossroads with your skincare routine, and there comes an evening when you realize something's gotta change. Luckily, changing up your beauty routine doesn't have to be too drastic. You can easily switch things up before bed, and go to sleep dreaming of wonderful results come morning.

So if you've had it with your usual rituals, and you're thirsting for something new, I suggest you try some of these new, bizarre, and sometimes long-forgotten nighttime beauty routines.

1. Smooth On A Sheet Mask

Yes, these things look hella creepy. But apparently sheet face masks really do the trick when it comes to smoothing out your skin. They're all the rage right now, and seem to beat out your old clay masks in terms of skin benefits.

According to Shannon Farrell on Women's Health, "The cotton sheets are ... doused in a serum-based formula, so they won’t exfoliate or cleanse deeply. However, most are packed full of vitamins, amino acids, and minerals — so they do come with their own set of benefits. They also won’t dry out the skin like a clay mask formula." Put one on at night, scare your SO, and wake up looking beautiful by morning.

2. Cover Your Zits In Toothpaste

If you have acne, then you've probably tried every trick in the book to clear up your skin. From expensive prescription lotions to cheap drugstore creams, I know I've definitely tried just about every cure there is. Except for toothpaste, which is apparently a very helpful nighttime remedy for zits. According to an article one, applying a small amount of toothpaste before bed can help shrink a pimple's size by morning. That's because toothpaste contains menthol and alcohol, which may help dry that pesky thing out. Hey, it might just be weird enough to work.

3. Smooth Petroleum Jelly On Your Lips

Grandmas everywhere are all about the petroleum jelly, and rightfully so. It's non-allergenic, super cheap, and an old-school treatment for oh so many things. As in, it can brighten your eye area, sooth cracked heels, and even help heal your lips while you sleep, according to That's because it locks in moisture so you can wake up with smoother lips. Just don't put it on your skin if you're prone to breakouts, because it's pretty darn oily.

4. Coat Your Lashes In Castor Oil

I'm all for nighttime beauty routines that will help me wake up looking as un-zombie-like as possible. But if I come across one that promises to make me look good? Well, then I'm all for it. And this seems to be the case with castor oil, which can apparently do some pretty great things for eyelashes. According to Natasha Reddy on Brit.Co, "Use a Q-tip to apply castor oil onto your lashes every night to keep them healthy and even make them grow a little longer." Sounds good to me.

5. Get Rid Of Dark Circles With Almond Oil

Regardless of whether you slept well or not, some of us have dark under eye circles that never seem to go away. But there is something that can be done. "Gently massage a few drops of almond oil under your eyes. Sleep with it on, allowing the oil to really sink in. Your dark circles will be lightened before you know it," Reddy suggested.

6. Brush That Skin Of Yours

So you're standing in the bathroom coating your face with toothpaste and carefully dripping castor oil onto your lashes. What more could you add to your weird nighttime beauty routine? How about some dry skin brushing? According to Dana Oliver on the Huffington Post, "This relaxing form of exfoliation helps to stimulate circulation, detox the lymphatic system and shed dead skin cells." Brush your skin, rinse off in the shower, and then cover yourself in a thick body lotion. Your skin will feel brand new by morning.

When you sleep your body rejuvenates itself by repairing damage and restoring your skin. Help it along with some of these weird, but very beneficial, nighttime beauty rituals.

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