Dreaming of clear, glowing skin? Well the bottom line is you’ve gotta work for it morning and night. Understanding what happens to our skin while we sleep is just as important as following the proper skincare routine. Look at it this way, sleep is when your body repairs itself from the inside out. While you sleep, the blood flow in your skin increases––repairing damage, rebuilding collagen, and reducing wrinkles. So why not give your skin the best possible opportunity to heal itself and wake up looking beautiful? Just follow this five step nighttime skincare routine that you definitely won’t regret it in the morning.
It’s true, we’ve all gone to bed at one point without washing our face. But if you don’t start with this simple step, you’re almost guaranteed to wake up not looking your best. The key to your nighttime skincare routine definitely starts by removing your makeup with an all-natural deep pore cleansing duo. Designed to work together to cleanse and tone, this cleanser goes deep, bonding with your skin’s natural oils to draw out more dirt, make-up and pollutants. It’s the fresh start at the end of the day your skin needs.
Gently exfoliating your face three times a week for about 1-3 minutes––depending on how thick your skin is––will help not only buff away dead skin cells, dullness and pore impurities, but will help prevent blackheads, clogged pores and speed up the skin’s renewal process. Look for a product with pumice, tea tree and lemongrass that work together to refine the skin’s surface, while also includes soothing ingredients such as vitamin E and chamomile. When you routinely exfoliate your face, you are also giving your skin a better chance to absorb serums, moisturizers and sunscreen. Our recommendation? Make sure you only exfoliate at night, especially in the summer, so you aren’t putting fresh skin in the sun.
3. Add a Serum
Designed to improve skin tone, texture and overall health of your skin, serums are the perfect little addition to your nighttime skincare routine. These antioxidant powerhouses help prevent dehydration, fight aging and wrinkles, and heal the skin while you sleep. When applying serums, know that a little bit goes a long way. Add 2-3 small pumps to your fingertips and pat gently on the face and neck––letting them absorb on their own.
4. Eye Cream
Be sure to take a few minutes to care for your eyes––after all, they are the first place we often show our age. Depuff, condition and protecting the eye area is especially important at night. Eye creams often need more time to absorb and work their magic, so applying as part of your nighttime skincare routine gives them just that. Apply with the tip of your ring finger and pat gently on the skin.
The best moisturizer is one that fits your skin. Whether dry, oily, or acne prone, don’t skip this step. Select the right formula, and condition and restore your skin no matter what your skin type. Nighttime is the perfect time to let the powers of all-natural botanicals heal and condition irritated skin. Apply moisturizer to damp skin, and gently give yourself a little face massage to get the blood flowing to the surface of the skin.
And just because they can’t hurt, here are a few extra tips to make sure you end up with #wokeuplikethis skin:
- Learn to sleep on your back and use a satin or silk pillow
- Keep a glass of water by your bed each night (and drink it!)
- Elevate your head when you sleep to reduce under-eye puffiness
- Add a humidifier to your bedroom. Extra moisture in the air will prevent dryness