After enduring makeup, harsh weather and environmental pollutants all day, your skin needs some tender loving care in the p.m. In fact, the nighttime hours offer you a prime opportunity to improve your skin while you’re snoozing as your skin is at its restorative best.
So, take advantage of the epidermal downtime and wake up to healthier, glowing skin with these easy bedtime beauty routine tips.
Wash Your Face
This one should be a given no matter how tired you are at night. Sleeping with your makeup on at night causes clogged pores, which can lead to acne breakouts. Even if you don’t wear makeup, during the day your skin picks up dust, grime, and perspiration, that can also clog your pores and make your skin look dull and older. Use an oil-based makeup remover that can handle even waterproof eye makeup and follow up with a gentle face cleanser to wash off the oil and dirt accumulated on the skin. If possible, remove your makeup as soon as you get home from work so your skin is clean and ready for its beauty sleep way before bedtime.
Ditch Dull Skin
To get the look of fresh, youthful skin, you first need to slough off the dead skin cells but the exfoliation process can make your skin sensitive to the sun, so it’s best to shed the dull surface layers at night. Depending on your skin type and sensitivity, use a granular scrub or a chemical exfoliant containing glycolic or salicylic acid a couple of nights a week. Retinoids can also leave your skin a little vulnerable so they should be used at night as well to help stimulate collagen production, smooth fine lines and also unclog pores.
Apply Night Cream
You can get maximum benefit from your anti-aging moisturizer at night because your skin isn’t working to protect itself from the sun’s rays. So it’s the perfect time to pamper your skin and keep it supple by applying a hydrating formula – choose one that packs potent hydrators like hyaluronic acid or glycerin, which bind water to the skin, as well as ceramides that help restore the lipid barrier. Also, if you have any blemishes, dark spots or under-eye dark circles that you want to get rid of, now is the time to use those targeted treatments.
Hit the Dry Spots
It’s not just your face that needs a little pampering. Moisturizing your hands and feet at night can go a long way in keeping them soft, smooth and younger-looking. Slather on a rich moisturizer such as one made with shea butter on your tootsies and hands at night and cover with cotton gloves or socks. For particularly dry areas, especially elbows, kees and heels, you can apply some petroleum jelly or coconut oil.
Sleep on your back
If you have a pattern of sleeping on one side, that side of your face will typically show more lines and wrinkling than the other (blame all that smooshing of one side of your face into the pillow), while sleeping face-down gives you a furrowed brow. The best way to get a true beauty sleep is to sleep on your back with your head slightly propped up with at least one pillow so fluids don’t settle in and cause puffy morning eyes. If it’s too hard to change your most comfortable sleep position, consider a silk or satin pillowcase that won’t compress the skin as much and lessen the chances of lines forming.lovingyou.com