Nighttime Skincare Routine: 3 Reasons Why You Need To Improve It.
It’s not a secret that going to bed without cleaning up or at least washing your face is a big no-no. However, as much as we know this is true, most of us have got no clue as to why and how a nighttime skincare routine should be done.
1. Why a Bedtime Skincare Routine Is Important
Experts, beauty gurus, dermatologists, magazines, and beauty bloggers all agree that a skincare routine before going to bed is so important. Here are a few simple reasons to make you better understand why nighttime skin care should be your priority.
There Is a Faster Skin Cell Turnover Rate During Sleep.
Researchers at the University of California-Irvine said that new skin cells grow and replace old ones while you snooze. Therefore, a facial routine in the evening before hitting the hay allows your skin to better repair cell damage and recover from a whole day of sun exposure, stress, pollution, and exhaustion.
Skin cell renewal boosts collagen production and destroys harmful free radicals. This helps fight premature aging and keeps your skin healthy and youthful.
Your Skin Loses More Moisture While Sleeping.
According to Dr. Doris Day, a cosmetic dermatologist, skin hydration is another key aspect of a nighttime beauty routine because your skin loses more moisture and water, and faster, too, while you sleep.
Products Are Better Absorbed.
Chriselle Lim, the blogger, and creator of the Chriselle Factor, also adds that the temperature of your skin is normally warmer at night. This means that it is more receptive and absorptive of all the active ingredients in different products.
With all of that being said, you probably get now why many celebrities and beauty diligently and religiously follow a skincare routine at night, just like you should! It works wonders in the anti-aging and beautifying department!
2. Guide For a Nighttime Skincare Routine
Now that you know why, let’s get to HOW you should do your skincare routine before bedtime. Here is a step-by-step guide based on what Chriselle Lim does to her face at night, as well as what experts have to say about it.
Oil Your Face.
Using oil to remove makeup is a great start for a beauty routine. Before cleansing your face with water, oil is better in removing stubborn products like waterproof mascara, foundation, or sunscreen. You can also take advantage of the oils to massage and relax your face. Loosen up your lymph nodes and facial muscles with an anti-aging face-lifting massage.
Then, you can use a clean washcloth soaked in warm or hot water to open up your pores and help scrub off your makeup.
Use a Cleanser.
The next thing you can do is use a gentle cleanser and rub it onto your face in circles. This helps remove any product buildup and leftover makeup from your face.
Dr. Day also recommends using lukewarm water when washing your face to help remove oil and dirt. Dr. Julia Tzu of Wall Street Dermatology in Manhattan suggests looking for hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic cleansers that won’t clog the pores, especially if you have sensitive skin.
This may seem a little too extra, but it’s good to use cleansing water on a cotton pad after washing. Pour or squeeze an ample amount of the product on a piece of cotton, then gently wipe this over your face. You will notice that it still removes dirt and any impurities left by the previous steps. This also makes your skin brighter and more toned.
There are so many masks available nowadays, and most of us, even myself, admit to being slightly addicted. Chriselle said she gives herself a kind of mask almost every night. The type depends on the condition of her face at that time.
For congested skin, use a detoxifying clay mask. For dull, dry skin, use a hydrating and brightening mask. There are also tons of Korean masks that do wonders to provide instant skin hydration. A soothing mask with aromatherapy, according to Dr. Day, also calms and relaxes your skin.
Next is a toner, which contains various active ingredients that your skin can absorb. Toners provide an additional layer of moisture to your skin, calming redness and hydrating it.
One of Chriselle’s favorite steps is applying a serum. Serums also contain some active ingredients and come in many different types. Choose one that fits for your skin type. If you’re in your thirties or older, opt for products with anti-aging formulas to fight against fine lines and wrinkles. Some also help control oil, reduces acne, or minimizes pore size.
You can also try a Night Time Rescue Repair Treatment like Solvaderm’s Suvoderm. It makes your skin fuller, firmer, brighter, smooth and moisturized. It also helps neutralize free radicals and kill blemish-causing bacteria using natural antiseptics.
Dr. Tzu recommends applying retinoid creams or products after cleansing your face, avoiding the eye, mouth, and nose crease area. Retinoid or retinol helps in skin healing and brightening.
We all know that skin moisture is so important to keep you looking young, fresh, dewy, and vibrant. Find a moisturizer that penetrates your skin and provides proper moisture. This way, you can wake up to glowing, plump skin.
Especially if you apply retinoids that dry out the skin, Dr. Tzu suggests following this with a heavy application of moisturizer.
Dark circles and puffiness around your eyes may be one of your problems. If so, it’s nice to include an eye cream in your night routine. Some creams enhance skin firmness with collagen, hydrates, and plumps the under eye with hyaluronic acid.
Eye creams, especially those that contain caffeine, hydrate and protect the sensitive skin around the eyes to prevent puffiness and wrinkles.
Last but certainly not the least, you should also finish your routine with oil. A rose face oil is a good example. Not only does the aromatherapy help you relax and get better sleep, but a concentration of active ingredients also leaves your skin super silky and smooth in the evening. Not only that, but it also makes your skin dewy and glowing when you wake up, perfect for a “woke up like this” moment!
Taking care of your skin can feel extra and appear like a lot of work. However, if you try this routine every night for a few weeks, and you’ll notice a huge difference in your skin’s appearance, texture, and quality.
Finally, after you’re done with everything, the most important part of a nighttime skin routine is actually getting some sleep. Everyone needs a peaceful beauty rest, and now that your face is all clean and prepped, you’re ready for a much-needed shut-eye.
Trust me; you will be super excited to wake up to a beautiful morning and a beautiful you!
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