If getting a solid 8 hours of sleep every night was an option then we wouldn’t need any beauty products, amirite? Thanks to our stressful lives, rising levels of pollution and of course sleep deprivation, our skin is in desperate need of some TLC. Since there are a ton of beauty products out there it can be very easy to get overwhelmed. However, we should follow the K.I.S.S principle when it comes to skincare—keep it simple, stupid. So that being said, here are some simple steps that you should include in your night-time routine so that you can wake up to fresh and rejuvenated skin:
Ask anyone of my friends or colleagues and they’ll testify the fact that I am a real stickler for double-cleansing. I’m sure that I don’t have to elaborate on the horrors of not taking off your makeup but in a nutshell, it’s an invitation for breakouts, rashes and clogged pores. So you should always make sure that you take off your makeup before you go to sleep. It’s up to you to select a method of makeup removal. However, I would strongly suggest you try out the double-cleansing method. A cleansing balm or oil will effortlessly melt off your makeup and remove all the oil-based impurities.
After you’ve taken off your makeup, it’s now time to cleanse your skin to get rid of the water-based impurities. Use a gentle gel or foaming cleanser for this step. Depending on your skin type you should select a cleanser that’ll suit your skincare needs. However, the trick to get the most out of your cleanser is to follow the 60-second rule. Basically, all you have to do is wash your face for a solid minute. This will help you get the most out of your cleanser and thoroughly clean your pores.
A toner can help you add back hydration to your skin and it can balance the pH level of your skin. On those nights where all you want to do is pass out, you can skip this step. However, if you want to prep your skin to better absorb all your other skincare products then you should definitely tone your skin during your night-time routine.
After you’ve cleansed and toned your skin, it’s now time for some hydration. A good hydrating serum should be a part of everyone’s night-time routine. Look out for products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid so that your skin stays hydrated and supple for a long time. To cut down on the number of products you use, start using multitasking products like moisturisers with active ingredients.
Having a good eye cream is of the utmost importance when it comes to skincare. Since the layer of skin around our eyes is relatively thinner, it is more prone to getting dehydrated. Hence, you should use a hydrating eye cream that will nourish and plump your undereye area.
Over the past few years, jade rollers and gua sha stones have become super popular. Even though they may seem like a trend right now, they’ve been around for years. These facial massage tools help in the lymphatic drainage and they de-puff your skin. A few of the long term skincare benefits of using these tools are lesser fine lines, firm and plump skin and increased blood circulation.
Last but not least, it’s time to end this night-time skincare routine with a spot treatment cream. Most spot treatments include active ingredients that help calm down inflammation and reduce hyperpigmentation. Find one that will suit your skin type and use it as the last step in your skincare routine.
Which of these steps do you practise in your night-time routine? Let me know in the comments below.
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