One of the most important and beneficial times to treat your skin is at night. Many people do not realize the importance of night time skin care, although no matter your skin type, this is a key time to renew and repair your skin. Here, we're going to share our top 5 tips for how to revamp your nighttime skincare routine.
Bump up your cleansing time
One of the hardest things to do is to stay consistent with your cleansing routine each night. After a long day of work or a late night out, the only thing you want to do is plop down on your bed and relax. However, cleansing every night is essential, especially if you have acne-prone skin.
After a long day, your skin has become extremely dirty not only from environmental pollution and oil buildup, but also from touching your face throughout the day. Face touching transfers a great deal of bacteria which we all know causes breakouts. Even if you stay inside, sweat and oil have accumulated in your pores and you'll need to cleanse in order to avoid skin congestion.
The best way to stay consistent with cleansing your skin is to make it your first priority when you get home. Waiting until later in the night to cleanse your skin often means that you'll be too tired to do it. Therefore make it a priority early in the evening and you'll start to notice results from your consistency.
Use Powerful Ingredients
At night, your skin is being repaired and rejuvenated. Therefore you'll want to feed it with the best ingredients possible so your body can do its job. This is the time you'll want to use your anti-aging, refining, soothing and exfoliating products. Exfoliating serums that contain glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid are best to use after cleansing and before applying your moisturizer. These will work to refine the pores and resurface the skin to achieve a smoother, brighter complexion in the morning. If your main concern is anti-aging, sun damage or discoloration, look for a cream or serum that contains retinol- a powerful ingredient best used at night.
While you may be tempted to use lighter products at night, this is actually the best time to lay on your heavier moisturizer. If you've noticed that your skin has been looking dull, then make sure you're using a good moisturizer at night. Using a rich cream at night allows for a deeper absorption of the ingredients and also leaves your skin glowing in the morning instead of looking tired.
Change Those Sheets
Bacteria is one of the most common causes of acne. Therefore the more you can reduce the spread of bacteria, the less likely you are to experience breakouts. This not only means cleansing your face each night, but also making sure that the material touching your skin is clean. This means changing your sheets regularly (for body acne) including your pillowcases which can easily collect oil, dust, dead skin cells and other debris. Switching out your pillowcases between washes or flipping them over each night can help to reduce the spread of acne-causing oil and bacteria.
Get More Sleep!
This may seem obvious, but it's one of the most neglected elements in our lives and in our skin care routines. Getting enough sleep not only affects your mood, health and activity, but it also affects the ability your skin has to rejuvenate and repair itself during the night. Your skin goes through a lot during the day from sun damage to pollution and it needs the time (and ingredients!) to recover. One sleepless night here and there won't cause too many problems, although a continual lack of sleep will eventually show in your skin in the form of dullness, dark circles, bags and possibly breakouts. Therefore turn off the TV! And try to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night.