Caring for your skin is an unending cycle in the journey of life. You are constantly in search of the next skin care regimen acclaimed to give you the perfect skin and you are willing to create time to achieve that perfect look. Just as it is important to pay attention to your skin during the day, it is also important, if not more, to do so or more at night. This article aims to provide you with information in regards to your night skin care routine.
In the course of your days’ activities, you expose your skin to environmental pollutants whose buildup could be harmful to us all, so your daily routine should aim to focus on protecting the skin from them. According to Parvaneh Rafaeloff, MD, at Le Jolie Medi Spa. Nighttime is a time for rest and recovery of your skin from damages incurred during the day. Any skin care routine embarked on at night should be the one that will help the skin recover faster from its damage during the day. Splurging on a night skin care routine that’ll rejuvenate and hydrate the body is ideal.
Effective Night Skin Care Routines
The night skin care routine you follow is vital. It is a fact that there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to skin care. But, here is a basic night skin care regime for all skin types to follow.
1. Double Cleanse
It is important that before you go to bed, you cleanse your face to remove dirt and other pollutants that have accumulated on your face. A cleanser can be used for this. A cleanser is a skincare product that is used to remove all forms of dirt or pollutants from the face. This helps to keep the pores open and free to breathe and to prevent the outbreak of acne. For better results, practice double-cleansing.
Double-cleansing is a practice where you would use cleansing oil to remove your makeup first and then wash up with your regular cleanser to remove excess oil, dirt, and pollutants. Oil is used in double cleansing because oil is best for removing oils without applying too much pressure. Cleansing your skin produces a clean surface for other products to work on.
2. Use Toners
Toners are products mainly used on the face to clean the skin and reduce the appearance of skin pores. The larger the pores, the more sebum produced, hence the need to reduce its size. The sensitivity of your skin would determine the frequency of use of toners. Use alcohol-free toners because they are milder on your skin. Toners should be used after cleansers as they help to further clean the skin. Toners help to restore the skin’s pH, keep the skin hydrated, reduce breakouts and help to maintain an even skin tone.
3. Use moisturizers or Night Cream
The same moisturizer used during the day can also be used at night but, it is better if you use a moisturizer designed for night use or night cream. The moisturizer suited for the night has a heavy composition compared to its day counterpart. It is thick and would need a longer time to be absorbed into the skin. It is fitted with all the products that will help the skin remain nourished while helping from the day’s stress. The night cream should be used last as other products will not be able to pass through its thick screen once applied.
4. Face Treatment with Serums
Serums are ingredients designed to give specific treatments to your skin which are made available to the skin on use. Serums easily penetrate the skin and deliver different treatments. The serum used would depend on the condition to be rectified. For best results, serums should be used in minute quantities as they are very potent.
5. Use Eye creams
The skin around the eyes is quite sensitive so eye creams are designed for use there bearing the sensitivity in mind. The sensitivity of the skin around the eyes makes it prone to wrinkles and lines and increases the chances of the eyes looking puffy from stress.
Eye creams reduce eye puffiness, removes dark circles, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines. The cream should not get into your eyes when using it; it might irritate them. The cream should be applied half an inch away from the eye. Creams heavy on perfumes should be avoided as they can further irritate the skin. You can ask your dermatologist to know which cream would be best for you.
6. Exfoliate your Skin
The skin regulates itself by getting rid of the dead skin cells to give room for new cells and maintain the appearance of the skin. The dead skins though already shed might remain on the skin giving it a dry appearance and can even block the pores. Exfoliating your skin helps to remove these dead skin cells and keep the pores free. It also leaves the skin brighter and provides a clean surface for other care products to act. If done rightly, exfoliating can increase the production of collagen which is a protein that keeps the skin looking supple, glowing, and lower the appearance of age lines.
Scrubs are commonly used for exfoliating though other products exist. Whatever ingredient you decide to use, make sure that it would go well with your skin because using the wrong one can irritate your skin. Also, do not overdo exfoliating.
7. Check for Dark Spots
Dark spots are prevalent on the skin during middle age and result from the skin being continuously exposed to the harmful rays from the sun. The spots could also be a reaction to medication or a sign of cancerous growth. Dark spots can be found on different parts of the body such as the face, the arms, the shoulders, back, and back of hands.
You can decide to let the spots be or remove them using a prescribed
bleaching cream from a dermatologist for a limited time to mitigate risks to the skin or use over-the-counter products. Some of these products might just make the spots appear lighter instead of removing them. Before you commence treatment of dark spots, you might want to visit your doctor to be sure its really a dark spot and not a cancerous growth.
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8. Use Face Masks
By face masks, I don’t mean the one we wear to protect ourselves from organisms. A face mask is a paste applied to the face to keep the skin hydrated, remove excess oil, and keep the pores open. Any impurities on your face are removed and the skin appearance is maintained. There are different types of face masks and the one you use depends on the type of skin and the condition you want to alleviate. If you decide to use an overnight face mask, it should be last in your night skin care routine because it will lock in all other nutrients used on the skin.
1. You must care for your skin and the products you use should be skin-specific.
This can never be overemphasized. Using the wrong products can irritate or damage your skin. Products should be used regularly for at least three weeks for noticeable differences. New products should be checked for possible reactions to it before you start using it. Products with harsh chemicals should be avoided altogether because they will further irritate the skin and aggravate bad conditions. If possible, your dermatologist should be carried along in your skin routines to better inform you of the possible side effects to your skin type.
2. The duration and sequence of application of skin care products are very important.
This is because some of these products need to stay longer on the skin for their nutrients to be fully absorbed so, the timing in use will determine if you’ll fully benefit from its use. The sequence of application also matters because the products are of different consistencies and for better results it is advised that you always apply from the thinnest to the thickest.
Caring for your skin should be fun and not drudgery. Explore our amazing night skin care routine. Choose any method that appeals to both you and your skin, work at your pace, and don’t feel pressured into trying out every new thing you come across. Most importantly, give yourself time for these products to work.
It is also not compulsory that you incorporate all the above methods into your routine. Finally, what are your thoughts on our night skin care routine? Please share it with us in the comments section below.