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In our Sleeping With… series, we ask people from different career paths, backgrounds, and stages of life how they make sleep magic happen.
Meagan Good is widely known for her long-spanning career, starring in everything from Venom to 50 Cent’s “21 Questions” music video. And yet she would tell you she’s just getting started.
Good recently made her directorial debut with If Not Now, When?, a story about four high school friends who reunite in adulthood in a moment of crisis. The film, which the Daily Beast describes as a “celebration of Black sisterhood,” makes Good, along with codirector Tamara Bass, one of a handful of Black women to direct a major motion picture. If Not Now, When? is also one of the few commercial films to center around a Black female lead.
Good lives in Los Angeles with her husband, producer and preacher DeVon Franklin. In addition to balancing a handful of acting projects, she also recently launched Good Girl Wraps, a collection of multipurpose satin hair wraps. How does she do it all? After acting for over 20 years, she’s used to running on little sleep; she’s learned to prioritize her overall well-being; and her philosophy centers around keeping a positive attitude, no matter what.
“I started to realize in my early 30s that I needed to make sure I was taking care of myself and setting my intention for every day, for my mental health and my well-being,” she tells SELF. “But especially now in the pandemic, and just with the [Black Lives Matter] movement being really, really visible in a way where everybody is participating and intentional about what side of the line you stand on, I think that taking care of myself in this season has taken on a totally different meaning.”
Here, Good sits down with SELF to chat through her bedtime routine, including how she double brushes her teeth, why she likens her skin to a “great pair of shoes,” and the sheets she swears by. Read on below.
At the end of the night, when I’m winding down, I either have a glass of rosé wine or bedtime tea.
And then I head up to my room, and the first thing I do is brush my teeth.
I use two different toothpastes and two different toothbrushes.
Every. Single. Night. I use a basic Colgate toothbrush to brush my tongue, and brush my gums with Colgate Total toothpaste. And then I switch over to my electronic toothbrush, and I’ll use the Crest 3D White Brilliance—the step-one and the step-two toothpaste—to really make sure that my teeth are polished and that all the food is out. Then I’ll floss, and then use mouthwash.
Then I jump in the shower.
I’m pretty basic on the body washes because for some reason, when I use body wash that has moisturizer in it, I don’t feel as if I’ve really gotten “the day” off. I use Dial soap, and then I’ll use exfoliating hand gloves.
I’m obsessed with them. Then I’ll wash my face. I’ll either use the tea tree oil cleanser from Trader Joe’s, or I’ll use Cetaphil, because Cetaphil doesn’t really have a lot of stuff in it. It’s tried-and-true, and every dermatologist will say that it’s one of the best things you can use that won’t strip your skin.Then I’ll use my little StyleCraft vibrating face cleanser. I like it because it’s plastic.
My attitude about skin is: It’s like a great pair of shoes.
If you get a really, really expensive pair of shoes, let’s pretend those are the only shoes that you get to have for the rest of your life. How would you treat those shoes? How would you take care of them? You would wash them, clean them, be careful when you have them on; you’d put them back in the box, wrap them back up.
That’s how you need to be about your skin, and about your body, because you only get one for the rest of your life.
When I get out of the shower, I wipe my face down with witch hazel wipes.
The woman who does my facials—her name is Silvana—has a skin-care line that I’m obsessed with. So after I wipe down with witch hazel, I use her clear-skin retinol serum, and then I use her hydroponic asset plumping serum. Then I use a SkinMedica product called HA5—it’s a rejuvenating hydrator. I use an eye cream from Urban Skin Rx called Vitaleyez; it’s really good for dark circles, for bags, and for tightening the skin underneath my eyes and getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles.
Then I will use either Augustinus Bader’s The Cream or this one by Silvana called Ultra Lifts Anti-Aging Lotion. It’s basically anti-sagging and hydrating.
Usually I have in my goddess locs, so I use a hair wrap from my Good Girl Wraps line at night.
I developed these wraps because I got my hair inspired by Lisa Bonet—I really wanted it to look soft and pretty, and I wanted it to be a very specific look. So my hairstylist and I created the goddess locs together, and then after I started wearing them, I found that a lot of girls were asking me, “How do you tie them up at night?” And then the other question is, “How do you work out?” You can put the locs in a bun, but if you’re jumping around, the bun falls down.
So I created the Good Girl Wrap as a way to be able to put it over your hair and hold your hair down, so while you’re working out, your hair is not flopping everywhere, and then at night you’re able to tie your hair down so that you can sleep on your pillow comfortably. It’s silk and cotton, so it acclimates to your body heat.
I put on Eucerin, which I love—it’s super, super moisturizing.
And then I use Vaseline on my lips, and on some of my tattoos. It’s just the simple, 100% Vaseline, but they sent me a bedazzled jar that has an “MMG” on it.
My number-one go-to thing for bedtime—and I can’t believe that it works—is this spray called This Works. Ha!
It’s a pillow spray, and I spray it on my pillow and my sheets, and as soon as I lie down, I fall asleep. It’s like magic. I also crack the window in my room so I have a little bit of fresh air, and I turn on a little space heater so that it’s not too cold.
I have a little teddy bear that I love to bring to help me sleep when I’m traveling.
His name is Javier. I think I found him at Urban Outfitters years and years ago, and he’s just a funny-looking square bear that looks like SpongeBob Square Pants, but he’s a teddy bear. He’s very funny looking. But I travel with him, and I sleep with him.
I also have sheets I can’t live without.
I was working on a show, and my cast mate was like, “Girl, do you have any sheets?” We were in this apartment, and I just had the sheets they gave us. She’s like, “No, you need to try these sheets.” I was like, “A sheet is just a sheet.” She was like, “No.” So I started using these sheets—they’re called Pure Bamboo—and now I’m obsessed with them.
They are the softest sheets of life. When you lie on them, you feel like it’s butter and you’re into the bed.
I try to get seven hours of sleep. I’m a bit of a night owl, so it varies.
When my day starts, my phone starts going off immediately and I have a whole morning ritual that I do as well, so I feel like from the moment I open my eyes, I’m going, going. Night is the only time where nobody’s reaching out to me; I can rest, I can relax, I can unwind, and just have time for Meagan.
So because of that, I tend to go to bed pretty late. Sometimes 2 a.m., sometimes a little bit later, but I make sure that when I do that, my day allows me to have gotten seven hours of sleep, and then also to have an hour in the morning before I even start getting dressed to really pray and meditate and read my Bible. But I try to just time it out, and it starts with what I do in the evenings to make sure that I get those seven hours.
When I have 17- or 18-hour days on set, I take little naps when I can, or drink a little bit of tea.
I don’t mind those days because I’ve been in the business since I was a kid, and so I’m used to it. I try to stay away from coffee, but I just drink something that has a little bit of caffeine in it. The biggest thing for me is just trying to have a positive attitude and push through. I take the stance that tomorrow’s not promised, so I want today to be the best way that it can be.
So that’s how I try to live in terms of self-care, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically: What do I need to do for Meagan so that Meagan can do what she’s supposed to do in the world, in this season?
This is how people reacted to this post:
Jl2Da Max – Meagan looks like she’s in her mid twenties, w/o make up too….Lawdy those are some goals
Lauren Stovall – Am I the I my person who saw her take the makeup off her face with the wipe but also saw that her face looked EXACTLY the same?!
Miss K – Along with this she did post that she does morpheus8 once every 3 months.
Forma once every 3 weeks. Micro needling once every 3 weeks. Microdermabrasion once a month. And I think that makes a huge difference in your skin care. More than any product can do
Denise Atherley Assi – I know you don’t know me from a can of paint but I would recommend you get yourself a Lumispa. All those stages of getting your makeup off and cleaning your face can be done in 2 minutes. I’m not even asking you to buy if from me. Just look into it and get one. I PROMISE you won’t regret it. It’s a game changer to great skin care.
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