Why should your skincare routine be different for night time?
Although your skincare regime will look similar before you go to bed to when you wake up in the morning, there are a few key factors you should consider. When we sleep, our skin kicks into overdrive and most of the repair work happens when we’re fast asleep. To make the most of this, follow these simple steps to add a little oomph to your night time skincare routine.
Remove your make up
For some, this is a given, for others it takes a little bit more effort. You should cleanse your skin morning and night. In the morning it removes any impurities such as sweat and dead skin cells that will accumulate as we sleep. At night, you want to remove all the environmental additions that you’ve come into contact with during the day, especially if you’ve had a full face of make up on for up to 15 hours! Otherwise, this can cause blocked pores, acne breakouts, blemishes and an uneven skin tone.
Once all your make up has been removed, cleanse again. Double cleansing allows the products to penetrate deeper into the skin, meaning they can work their magic to keep your skin feeling fresh, clean and blemish free. Ask your beauty therapist to advise on the right cleanser for your skin type. Whether you have oily, dry, sensitive or combination skin, there will be a cleanser with the right properties to balance your complexion.
If you use a gentle exfoliator, then you can exfoliate once or twice a day. Try to avoid overusing harsh scrubs as this can irritate your skin. If you prefer a more rigorous scrub, then use this once a week to avoid overstimulation.
A face mask doesn’t necessarily have to be a nightly occurrence, but they’re perfect for a once a week pamper session. Spending time looking after yourself and your skin with a refreshing face mask will not only provide a glowing complexion, but also aid destressing and unwinding after a particularly long week. Keep a few in reserve for those Sunday evening relaxation sessions – your skin and your mind will feel better for it. For an extra luxury, why not use a jade roller to help penetrate the products within the mask further, plus soothing rollers can help cool the skin and reduce redness and inflammation.
To reduce the appearance of open pores and to maintain a firm skin tone, use a toner after you’ve washed away the exfoliator and/or mask. A light spritz of a gentle toner is all you need. Avoid astringent toners that contain alcohol as this can strip the skin of its natural oils which can lead to tight and dry skin.
Introduce a serum
You can use a serum during the day too, but if you’re opting for a quick skincare regime in the mornings before you leave the house, adding a serum into your evening routine can be a great alternative. There are a multitude of serums out there for all skin types. Anti-ageing serums including Vitamin C are great to combat signs of early ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles. There are also serums available to prevent blackheads and breakouts. Speak to your beauty therapist to decide the right one for you.
Another addition that you could incorporate when you have a little more time to dedicate to your skin. Eye creams/serums are ideal for reducing puffiness, dark circles and fine lines and wrinkles. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will also help keep the skin under your eyes hydrated, but an eye cream or serum can add that extra boost of replenishment for tired eyes.
And finally, moisturise
This is probably the most important difference between day and night when it comes to skincare. You could use the exact same products and your skin will still be grateful, but a specific night cream will go that extra mile. Night creams tend to feel heavier and richer, something we don’t tend to like to feel on our skin throughout the day (especially when it’s hot out)! Night creams will have extra properties and benefits specifically for when your skin is at its most active. Ask your beauty therapist for a few test samples to see which night time moisturiser is best for you.
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