Don't Go to Bed Without Doing This To Your Skin First
You may get all of your work done during daylight hours, but your skin doesn’t necessarily follow the same schedule. While you prepare to relax and catch some much-needed Zzz’s, your skin is gearing up for its biggest act of the day. It’s during deep sleep that our body’s largest organ repairs and regenerates itself. This process is crucial for its overall health and appearance, which is precisely why all-nighters and late nights are so frowned upon by derms. After all, it’s called beauty sleep for a reason. Strip that time away and the look of your skin can suffer.
But getting too-few hours of sleep per night isn’t the only skin-related offense you have to worry about. Failing to follow a proper evening skin care routine can also take its toll, potentially leaving your skin looking worse for wear by the time the sun comes up. Lucky for you, we’re lending a helping hand by sharing exactly what you should do before shut-eye. Follow the simple nighttime skin routine below to help your complexion look positively radiant come morning!
1. REMOVE MAKEUP
Removing makeup at night shouldn’t take more than a few minutes (seconds, even!), but you’d be surprised how many people skip this step entirely. “Forgetting” to remove your makeup once or twice may not do much harm, but neglecting to remove your foundation, smoky eye, and winged eyeliner night after night is sure to. Think of how much your skin can accomplish overnight. Why suffocate it with cosmetics at such a crucial time? Not to mention the stains that can appear on your pillowcase as a result. Use your favorite face wash, cleansing towelette, or micellar water to gently whisk away all traces of makeup, dirt, and impurities lingering on your skin at night.
One of the biggest factors related to dull-looking skin is a buildup of dead skin cells on the surface. Gently slough them away with a scrub, acid blend, or exfoliating cleanser a few times per week, as tolerated.
The evening is a great time to address your skin’s biggest concerns. Wrinkles? Reach for a smoothing and hydrating anti-aging product. Blemishes? Apply a spot treatment formulated with acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Dryness and flaking? Try a hydrating overnight mask. The sky’s the limit!
Regardless of whether you’re sprinkling in a targeted serum or eye cream at night (you should!), hydrating your skin with moisturizer is a must, especially post-cleansing. Apply a heavy-duty formula that’ll absorb well and offer long-lasting hydration. If signs of aging are an issue, we recommend reaching for a night cream that boasts anti-aging ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycolic acid to kill two birds with one stone. Try not to just swap in your day cream since most of them lack beneficial overnight ingredients. Plus, many are formulated with sunscreen, which is not necessary at night.