5 Ways To Remember Your Bedtime Routine + My Differin® Gel Results

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A bedtime routine isn’t something just meant for kids. Yes, as adults we probably don’t need a bedtime story or to be tucked into bed like children do; however, a bedtime routine is everything you do just before you go to sleep. For adults, typical things include brushing your teeth, washing your face, taking or applying any nightly medications, and getting ready for the next day.

These things can sometimes be forgotten on hectic days, or when something new is added to your regimen. Here are some simple ways to make sure you always remember your bedtime routine no matter what.

Be Repetitive

One of the easiest ways to remember your bedtime routine is to be repetitive. This means trying to do your set routine at the same time every night and in the same order. Doing this will help you associate each task with the other, and eventually it will become a daily ritual that you don’t even have to think about.

Check It Off

Buy a cheap calendar, and every night after you complete your bedtime routine, cross out the day. Once this becomes a habit, you will easily be reminded to do your “thing” every time you look at the calendar.

Use Technology

Technology helps us out in so many ways; helping us remember things we might forget is no exception. You can set up text alerts, email messages, calendar alerts, or simply set an alarm to remind you of what you need to do. There are also many apps and software programs that can be set up to remind you of your bedtime routine.

Sticky Notes

This may be a little bit old school, but writing things down can really help you remember to do something. Write out your bedtime routine to-do list and stick it to your mirror. Easy peasy!

Keep Things Visible

Many people are visual. This means when you see a particular object that’s part of your bedtime routine, it jogs your memory that you have to do it. So if you are having trouble remembering to take a medication, keep it out in the open where you will see it. Things stuffed in a drawer often get forgotten about. For example, I keep my Differin® Gel on my bathroom counter. This way at night when I am washing my face and brushing my teeth, I can look down and there it is reminding me to apply it.

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Since it functions down in the pores, with regular application it can even help restore your skin’s texture and tone by clearing your acne. That’s why setting it out visibly is a great help!

I have been using Differin® Gel for about two months now, and as you can tell, I’ve had quite the improvement.







Over the last two months, I’ve been applying Differin® Gel all over my face in hopes of helping my acne areas. I can say it’s done a great job so far! However, it is a process. Just like most treatments, this isn’t an instant fix. I noticed my acne seemed to go in a cycle after applying Differin® Gel. At first, it seemed like my acne was getting worse and I was a bit concerned. I stuck it out though, and I can say from experience it was worth it. My acne is practically gone now. Yay!

Even though my skin is looking pretty clear now, I am continuing to use Differin® Gel as part of my bedtime routine to help prevent future breakouts. I don’t want those bad boys returning! Please use caution when using Differin® Gel with more than one acne treatment or glycolic acid product because this could lead to irritation.

This product is dermatologist developed and tested. Please call 1-866-735-4137 for any questions you may have concerning the product. However, should you experience any problems while using the product, please discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider.

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  1. HonestAndTruly says:

    Great tips to help remember to start turning things into habits! #client

  2. I think when things are visible, it definitely helps. I am the QUEEN of lists, so I make lots of them to remember stuff.

  3. This looks like a great product! I need to try it out. I have been terrible about my bed time routine lately and really need to get back on my game.

  4. That is a great result. I have never heard of Differin but it is an acne med we could all use. I will keep the log in mind for my evening check offs.

    • It’s been around for a while but never over the counter. It’s getting popular again because no one has to go through a doctor for it now!

  5. I was on differen gel in my teen years and again in my early 20s. I actually found that I was gluten intolerant. So I’m not celiac, but gluten causes me to have skin problems. When I cut gluten out of my diet, my skin magically cleared and I never broke out again. Acne can be so frustrating. It is good to keep trying things until you find what works for you.

  6. I love how effective it is. It’s really important to have a good bed time routine that includes taking good care of your skin. This gel sounds great for breakouts and acne!

    • The gel was honestly surprising. I knew it worked but it worked WAY better than I even anticipated.

  7. That’s so good that you’ve found an acne treatment that works for you! Being repetitive with your nightly routine is a great idea!

    • Being repetitive allows it to become a habit. Then, I don’t have to think too hard to remember it at that point, ha!

  8. This is good advice. I actually don’t have a lot of problems remembering – I have a lot of problems being awake enough to do it! It looks like Differin Gel works well!

    • I’m glad you don’t have a ton of problems keeping up with routines. You’re lucky! ha!

  9. Wow! It does look like the Differin gel is working for you! That’s great! It’s great when you can find a product that actually works well. As far as a routine- technology really does keep me organized the best!

    • I was thrilled when it worked so well. It’s hard to find a product just right for your skin.

  10. AnnMarie John says:

    They say a habit takes 21 days before we get used to the idea but with these tips it’s going to be tough to forget it unless you’re avoiding the routine on purpose. This gel might help my kids especially since acne is pretty common with teens and I have two!

    • Exactly! Set yourself up so you can’t fail and you’ll eventually reach a level you never thought you could.

  11. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh says:

    Glad you found something that works. My almost 12 year old has hit the whole hormonal acne and we searched high and low and tried just about everything on the market and nothing was quite good enough. We finally found something at the department store that worked. That’s the thing with treatments for acne, everyone reacts differently.

    • You’re definitely right! Each person has different skin and reactions. Overall, this gel has worked for the average person but that’s not saying it will work for everyone but it’s worth a shot for sure!

  12. Terri Steffes says:

    I love your results with the gel, but girl, those eyelashes!! 🙂 I am going to share the gel information with a boy down the street. He actually asked me if I had any ideas.

    • So glad to hear he will be getting good advice! I wish they would have made this available over the counter sooner.

  13. The Culinary Jumble says:

    As I get older, the more I need reminders for even every day routines, so writing myself post-it notes sounds like a great idea! So great that you have found a product that works for you!

    • Post-It notes are one of my favorite items in the whole world. They’re great for remembering things quickly.

  14. My daughter is a young adult but she still suffers from breakouts. It’s embarrassing to her too. I’m going to get some of the Differin® Gel for her to see if it will help her as well.

    • She will love it. I hate that it still happens but it’s a fact of life. At least there’s a good product out there to rely on!

  15. Your skin looks great! I am glad you found something that worked. You’re like the second person I’ve read who’s had success with Differin Gel. It must be a great product.

    • It’s been around for a bit but it wasn’t available over the counter. It works for a lot of people but is just now available over the counter which excites me!

  16. I can’t say I’ve ever had a problem remembering my bedtime routine as I am definitely a creature of habit. I always find it hard to understand how people forget to remove their makeup before bed, I simply can’t forget! It can be 3 in the morning and I can be blind drunk but I’ll still remember to remove all my makeup and cleanse etc exactly the same as I always do!

    • Some people don’t have routines to begin with so remembering to do new things can be hard. It sounds like you’ve kept a routine long enough that it’s habit, second nature. To some, they have to get to that point first!

  17. aish das padihari says:

    Be repetitive is so correct. I can say that for myself. For last few days, I have been rinsing my south with Listerine and now it has become a habit.

    • That’s always the end goal! Starting a routine to make it eventually turn into a habit.

  18. Differin gel was my face saver in college. I was so excited to see it was over the counter now.

    • Glad to hear your go-to is easily available to you now! It’s not easy trying to always get something through a doctor.

  19. savingmamasita says:

    Wow, that looks like it really works well. I am going to have to give this gel a try.

  20. I tried this product as well and had great results. It can be a bit drying so it’s good to use a good moisturizer and frequently

  21. Aw I am happy to hear that the treatment is gradually working for you. I agree that being repetitive definitely helps implement a routine xx

    • A routine turns into a habit and that’s the ultimate goal! Just getting started is the best way to get there.

  22. I used to use Differin Gel every night when I was in college! I definitely should get back into that routine!

    • I think you should too! Not that your skin is bad but if you’re going to have a routine make it one that definitely works!

  23. Wow this has really made a difference for your skin! My skin has been awful lately! I need to pick this up for myself!

    • I was honestly surprised. I was super pleased with the results! Definitely go grab some!

  24. That’s so great Differin is working well for you! I’m in a terrible nighttime routine right now but I love fall for the fresh start it gives me to get back on track as the days get shorter!

    • Keep truckin’! You’ll find that perfect routine soon! It takes time before it’s a habit.

  25. That really made a noticeable difference in your skin. That is awesome! I might have to try that myself.

  26. Bedtime routines are so important. I’ve tried really hard. Is year to stick to ours.

  27. toughcookiemommy says:

    Using technology definitely helps to keep me organized and reminds me about everything including appointments. I think it would help me adhere to my bedtime routine too.

    • I never underestimate the power of one of those little alarms on my phone. Those help SO much.

  28. I’m very impressed by the use of the cream for acne. I’ll have to mention this to my teen! Sticky notes and phone alarms are great for keeping a schedule!

  29. I’m happy differin gel worked for you! It didn’t agree with me unfortunately.

  30. I need to have a system. I can’t remember to take off my pencil eyeliner before bed. In fact, this morning, I noticed it had rubbed off on my pillow. A couple weeks ago I said to myself I was going to start a routine to wash off any makeup. How hard is that?? Harder than I thought to change a habit, so I’m trying a couple of these ideas until I have a new routine set!!!! Now I have to get busy and scrub it off the pillow, not sure what will work.

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