We all know we should wash our face at night and remove any make-up before going to bed. But did you know your night-time routine can impact how your skin looks the next day?
The following are bedtime skin care tips to help you look your best during the daytime:
Cleanse. This is a given but after a long day it is easy to simply fall into bed without taking the time to clear away the dirt and grime of the day. For those with oily skin, use a cleanser with salicylic or glycolic acid.
Remove all makeup. Cleansing alone does not always remove all your makeup. Try using a small amount (the size of a pea) of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or olive oil and smooth it across your eyelids and through your lashes. Then use a cotton pad to wipe all the makeup off.
Exfoliate. This one you can skip several times a week. You should exfoliate only two or three times a week; more often can dry your skin.
Apply a toner. Use a toner that is specifically made for your skin type, for example, those with dry or normal skin types shouldn’t use toners that contain alcohol or it can irritate or dry your skin. Toners help to remove any extra makeup and residual cleanser still on your face.
Moisturize. Moisturizing your face should always come after a cleansing. When you wash your face, you wash away essential oils and moisturizing your skin helps replenish it. If you have oily skin, make sure you are using a moisturizer that is water based and meant for your skin type. Take an extra couple minutes and use a deep moisturizer on the extra dry areas of your body, such as elbows, knees, heels and hands and feet.
Change to silk pillow cases. Your facial skin can be tugged and pulled, depending on the position you sleep in and how much you move around in your sleep. Silk pillowcases don’t pull on your skin.
Sleep on your back. Pushing your face into your pillow can contribute to wrinkles and creases. Try sleeping on your back instead.
Use a humidifier. Keeping moisture in the air will help prevent your skin from drying out. Make sure to fill the humidifier each night so it doesn’t run out of water.
Get a good night’s sleep. Bedtime skin routines are great and can make you look better in the morning, but getting a good night’s sleep is essential to great looking skin.
You don’t want to forget your hair. For those with dry hair, use a night-time, leave-in moisturizer or conditioner. And, don’t sleep with a ponytail; this increases hair breakage.
Taking a few minutes at night to take care of yourself and your skin will pay off with more beautiful skin all day long.
Published On: June 19, 2013