It’s the end of a long day in the air conditioned office, in the classroom, or outdoor activities like sport or gardening, You’ve probably been up since the crack of dawn, dealing with a full day of work and family-related responsibilities. Before you turn off the light and jump into bed don’t forget to take care of your skin. A basic night-time skincare routine, including a relaxing shower or bath, to remove stress, combined with some quality rest and deep sleep can really do wonders for your skin.
The importance of a good daily facial skincare routine cannot be over stressed. At the end of a long day it is important to wash your face, cleanse, tone and moisturise. A night-time routine is the perfect time to add an anti-aging product, like a vitamin enriched oil or serum, so that your resting time is working time for moisturising skincare products.
Don’t think of a night-time routine as an extra chore, but as a regular treat to pamper your skin and keep it healthy. At night, after a long day, with makeup, oil, weather, and pollution affecting your face, your skin needs some tender loving care and it is especially important to remove all traces of make up so that your treatment products can absorb easily.
Here is a basic night-time routine to follow:
Cleanse: Cleansing is the key and you should always wash your face every night before retiring to bed. You don’t want to leave all the build-up from the day on your face! Choose a gentle creamy cleanser that removes dirt, makeup and oil but doesn’t irritate the delicate facial skin and is formulated for all skin types. Avoid using soap as it, strips the skin of all natural conditioning oils. Soap is a detergent.
Tone: Toners remove impurities and any leftover residue. Although toners are refreshing and leave skin feeling purified, be sure to choose an appropriate type for your skin’s needs and apply to your face and neck. If you have dry skin, you’ll want a toner that will retain moisture. Toner should be alcohol-free to balance and moisturise dry skin with botanicals.
Exfoliate: Use an exfoliating product about once a week. If you exfoliate too frequently, you can cause irritation and dryness to the skin. Worse, you can remove your new skin. Night-time exfoliation allows any resulting pinkness or redness in skin to return to its normal colour before the morning. Exfoliants are used to remove dead, dry skin cells and bring smooth skin to the surface.
Serum: At one time, women didn’t bother with this extra step, but we’ve since learned that serums play a critical role in skin care. Serums boost collagen and firmness while decreasing lines and uneven colouration. Plus serums allow beneficial ingredients to penetrate skins deeper layers for optimal results. Serums containing antioxidants and vitamins are powerful weapons against free radical damage, lines or loss of firmness, so look for a serum that has these components.
Moisturiser: Moisturisers replenish skin’s much needed moisture, a requirement for regeneration of skin cells. Choose moisturisers with plant enzymes, vitamin C and olive oil for an extra hydrating boost at night.
Treatment: The type of treatments you should use depends on your skincare issues. Treatment products contain different beneficial ingredients, such as Coenzyme Q10 and retinol. Coenzyme Q10 is a vital component of cells, providing them with nutrients and treating wrinkles. Retinol is an ingredient related to vitamin A which helps in the repair of skin cells. While you are sleeping is the best time to treat your face and around the eye area with anti-aging and repair creams packed with vitamins. It is also a good time to treat problem skin or let moisturising oils soak in.
Sleep: Lastly, the most important part of your night-time routine is to get enough quality sleep so that your skin can undergo the necessary repair functions. At night, our skin repairs itself from the damage and stress it incurred during the day. As cells are renewed, the result is improved texture and tone. So, ultimately skin looks and feels better.