We spend a third of our lives asleep—that means our bedroom is the most lived-in space in our homes. It’s the room where we start and end our days, and that’s why the rituals that happen there are extra-important. In The Wind Down, we’ll be exploring the nighttime routines of people we admire and taking their advice to make the moments just before bed feel our best.
If there’s a word that best describes Taryn Toomey, thorough would be it. The fitness instructor–slash–life coach is the mastermind behind The Class: a mind-body workout that’s become notorious (and revered) for its therapeutic effects, the result of the primal screams and free-flowing tears that are encouraged in between sets of squats and jumping jacks. Mental and physical balance is core to her philosophy—even when she comes home.
At night, Toomey’s thoroughness takes a different form. She fully disengages from technology to spend time with her family, relax her muscles, and enjoy a good soak every once in a while. After all, when you’re helping people achieve their own breakthroughs every day, self-care is key. Below, she shares her full nighttime routine.
Kids first: My nighttime routine usually starts right before I put my children to bed, around 7 p.m. Then I put on a mask to help take the day off—I love Dr. Lara Devgan’s Magnetic Kinetic mask and Joanna Vargas’s exfoliating mask.
Log off: I check emails, text messages, or anything electronic prior to getting in the shower or bath. I let this be the final moment for all devices. Then I turn my phone off and put it away for the night.
Brush and bath: I use a copper dry brush over my entire body, from toes to shoulders. I got mine from the Detox Market. Then I always take a bath or shower before bed to rinse the day off. I find this incredibly important; we collect the day on our physical body and need to clean it off. If I’m taking a bath, I put my Pursoma x Taryn Toomey After the Class bath salts in. Then I light a candle and soak in the tub for about 20 minutes.
Mane maintenance: I brush the Olaplex No. 3 hair mask through my hair and leave it in overnight.
Skin saviors: I start my skin-care routine at around 8:30 or 9. I wash off the mask using Weleda’s Gentle Cleansing Milk. The key to this cleanser is you don’t need to use any water with it. I simply grab a cotton pad, apply the cleanser to the pad, and gently rub it on my face. I follow that with Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic and Super Anti-Aging serums. The next steps are dependent on the state of my skin. For the most part, I spritz my skin with True Botanicals’s Nutrient Mist. I let that dry and follow it with Weleda’s Skin Food for a moisturizer. I dab some of Goop’s eye cream around my eyes. Then I scrape my tongue with a copper tongue scraper and brush my teeth with Estrella’s Blanco toothpaste, which contains activated charcoal. Last, I apply Henne Organics lip mask and sleep with it on overnight.
Chill pills: One hour prior to getting in bed, I take Natural Vitality’s Calm, a magnesium and potassium supplement that helps relax the body. I also take a swig of Physician’s Preferred CBD with melatonin and an L-theanine capsule.
Pajama party: I love that Lunya’s sleep dresses feel like something I would wear out, while still being so silky and soft. You feel beautiful and elegant while sleeping. I love bringing these on the Retreatments because I can pop in and out of my room and people don’t know if I’m in a dress or sleepwear.
Best bed: I could not have a more ideal bed setup thanks to Savoir—I have never experienced such a comfortable bed. The mattress is so supportive you feel like there’s no feedback from it. Savoir’s sheets are soft and cool—for me, there’s no better combination. I use at least two pillows when I sleep, sometimes three, if I have a child sleeping with me, which I use as a “child wall.” I always use one pillow between my knees and one beneath my head. I can’t sleep without a pillow between my knees. I find that it always makes my back feel better.
Nightstand essential: I keep a journal in which I write down silly things my children have said. It’s funny—you think you’ll never forget what they say, but recording it is helpful. When I read what they said when they were younger, it’s hysterical.
Be prepared: I like to drink iced coffee, so I’ll make coffee and put it in the fridge for the next morning. I usually lay out my workout clothes and a change of clothes for after class, as I go straight from the studio to the office. It’s always go time in the morning because I have kids, so remaining organized and setting myself up for the day is key.
Lay it out: I head to my bed and put my legs up on the headboard for about 20 minutes. I use this time to take stock of my day and do some slow breathing.
Lights-out at 10 p.m.!
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