MY EVENING ROUTINE
CHRISELLE LIM | digital influencer and entrepreneur
“Are you sleeping well?” GP asked digital influencer and entrepreneur Chriselle Lim on a recent compare-notes Zoom call. “Because I have been sleeping terribly! And I’m usually such a good sleeper, so I’m just wondering.” Lim, who’s the number one fashion expert on YouTube (her videos have over 29 million views at this point), started laughing. “Same,” she said. “You’d think that since we’re all isolating at home, we’d have more time to sleep!” The two bonded over the next-level juggling that many fortunate-to-be-working women now find themselves navigating: working at home full-time while taking care of their families at home full-time.
The right approach to winding down in the evening—and a routine to back it up—can make all the difference, the two agreed. “I have two little ones, five and two,” said Lim. “So most of my work has to happen at night. So I’m getting to sleep really, really late. Now that home is work and work is home, I have to figure out routines that I can look forward to.”
“Just as energetic beings, we’re absorbing a lot of change and stress,” said GP. “These times call us to really bring our best selves forward, while processing and taking care of ourselves and our kids.” The two talked about self-care, routine, and products they love, all in service of getting “unready” after a long day.
CL: Skin care is so important to me. I always try to make time to take care of my skin, whether it’s five minutes or fifteen. And at least once a week, you know what I’ve been using? This guy. This is a miracle worker—beware, though: It tingles! I can feel it. Then when you wake up, your skin just feels so tight and bright. I’ve always naturally gravitated toward more clinical products, and these pads are like that—effective and strong—but also ingredient-conscious.
GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel
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GP: We invest quite a bit with the clinical trials, and the results are incredible. And that’s the point, you know? I use the 15% glycolic acid peel, which is stronger.
CL: Wait—you guys have different grades?
GP: Yeah. There’s a 5% one, too, for sensitive skin. For me, though, I like the burn.
GP: So what time do the kids go to bed?
CL: The little two-year-old goes to bed at 7, and the oldest goes to bed at 8:30. So probably around 9:30, that’s when I really get into my work, and (unfortunately) I often work up until midnight. From there, I go into “me” mode—it’s later than I would like, but that’s just my reality at this point—and do a few things that are really simple. I’ve been washing my hair more in the evenings. I used to do it in the mornings, but with my current schedule and the kids, it’s now at night, and I love your Himalayan salt scrub shampoo. I just have to end my night with that aroma and that sensation. Honestly, I was confused when I first tried it, like, will it exfoliate my hair? But it started foaming, and I was like, oh, real shampoo. And then the scent—so good.
CL: I also have this massager from Amazon. I put it on my shoulders and just let it roll around. And this Korean ginseng hot tea that I drink. Then, probably the most important part: I turn my phone on airplane mode and read for ten or fifteen minutes to kind of decompress and let myself get sleepy. I jump right from work to sleep—my head is still thinking about work, so it’s hard to actually relax.
GP: So true! I think it’s about finding those things that get us back in our bodies and kind of taking care of ourselves a little bit, especially at night, because we regenerate so much through sleep. I’ve always been a big bath person, but this bath—it’s called The Martini—has become even more critical over the last few months.
CL: Oh I love The Martini! I don’t do one every day, but when I do, I’m like, I should be doing this every day! It really relaxes my body and skin. The smell is so good.
GP: It really brings you back down. It’s this amazing combination of salts and essential oils that we did with my acupuncturist, who is also an incredible herbologist—he’s such an amazing healer—Paul Kempisty. And so there is chia seed and passionflower and valerian root, and then there is wildcrafted frankincense and myrrh and all of these amazing things. It’s the most therapeutic bath. So that’s been my hack for trying to get a good night’s sleep. While I’m in the bath, I often exfoliate my face with the GOOPGLOW Microderm mask, and my other thing is I use this rose quartz roller—to me it’s like a massage that gets to all those crunchy bits in the jaw. I like to really get in there.
“The Martini” Emotional Detox Bath Soak
GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator
goop, $125/$112 with subscription
Rose Quartz Soothing Face-Massage Roller
CL: You do this every night?
GP: I do!
CL: I actually use the roller in the morning. I wake up super puffy and this is like putting ice on your face, but better. I like that it has two sides. Like, this small side is for the corners, right? I’ve also been using this guy when I have a standard sheet mask on—I roll it around over my mask.
Speaking of the morning, after talking Netflix binges (Lim loved Tiger King, GP’s into murder mysteries, Brad likes World War II documentaries—hear it all in the video) and favorite before-bed teas, the two signed off, but they met again over Zoom to talk morning routines. That video’s on Lim’s YouTube channel, but here are the Cliff’s Notes: