We all dream of having clear and radiant skin but sometimes wake up with a less than perfect complexion. Following a nighttime skincare routine is a great way to avoid waking up with dry, irritated and blemished skin. Want to know the best part? It’s never too late to start! Here are 5 easy tips to help you create your own routine and get the glowing skin you deserve.
1) Cleanse and pat dry.
Wash your face every night to remove dead skin cells, excess sebum, makeup and everyday dirt. Why? Because going to bed with a dirty face can irritate your skin leaving it red and blotchy. Cream cleansers are a great choice for nighttime cleansing because they remove makeup, cleanse and moisturize all at once. Try pairing the Antipodes Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser with a Dew Puff Sponge for the softest skin. After cleansing, resist the urge to give yourself a vigorous scrub with the towel. Instead, gently pat your face dry with a clean towel to avoid creating unnecessary redness and irritation.
No matter what skin type you have, moisturize your face before going to bed to keep it hydrated while you sleep. A natural serum with high quality oils will hydrate your skin from the inside out and lock in moisture. nyl and Lotus Wei make two of our favorites.
3) Think positive thoughts.
Take the time to remember the positive things that happened during your day or to recite positive mantras that make you feel good about yourself. It will help clear your mind and prepare you for a peaceful sleep.
4) Get a good night’s sleep on a nice, clean pillowcase.
Nighttime gives our bodies—including our skin!—the chance to recover from busy days. Try to get the amount of rest that you need so that your body can heal itself and get ready for a new day. Not just any pillow will do, though, as pillows and pillow cases collect sweat, skin cells and excess moisturizer to become breeding grounds for dust mites. Be sure to change your pillowcase weekly to prevent unsanitary buildup that could clog your pores.
5) Stick to the routine.
The hardest part of your nighttime skincare routine is going to be following it regularly. Start small by trying to follow the routine every night for a week and go from there. You might also try completing your skincare routine an hour before you go to sleep so that you aren’t too tired to get it done.
If you need a little help with establishing a clear skin routine, we suggest giving Relogy a try. It’s our favorite gentle, plant-based skin solution because it’s so easy to use. Here’s a glimpse into how it works:
Blog post by Danielle Chabassol