By: Julie Proszynski
There’s a reason why so many women use their most hydrating, rich moisturizers at night. While experts may debate about what products to use during this rejuvenating time, no one argues that the skin gets a break from sunlight, pollution, makeup, and other skin-irritating substances at night, making it an ideal time to treat the skin with high-quality products.
As such, it’s important to build a nighttime skincare routine that will enhance your beauty routine. Besides, at the end of a long day, why not unwind with some indulgent me-time? Here are a few recommendations for turning a simple nighttime routine into an act of self-love.
While the term double cleanse may sound excessive, it truly makes all the difference! Throughout the day our skin collects grime and unsightly airborne particles that need to be removed before damage sets in.
No need to fear the time commitment: each cleanse only takes about 10 seconds. For those who want as little sink time as possible, try makeup-removing wipes for your first cleanse. Oil-based cleansers are also a great option as they loosen and pick up dirt and grime. As a second cleanse, I recommend an antioxidant-based cleanser to ensure a deep clean and build-up free pores.
Using a good toner is often a skincare guru’s secret! It’s a simple way to balance your skin’s pH and create a canvas that is better able to absorb products. Being that cleansers are designed to disrupt the skin’s pH and grab dirt and debris, the epidermal layers then need to come back to a normal level for optimal absorption. Many skincare experts recommend using a different toner at nighttime than you use in the morning, as nighttime toners are able to pack more of a punch with acids and enzymes. However, a mild rosewater toner is amazing as well, and can be used any time of day.
Cleansing and toning are very important, but the following steps create a routine destined for results. Masking may be the most time-consuming step in the routine, however it’s only necessary once or twice a week. Masks are amazing because they address specific skin concerns. Whether you are battling blemishes, dullness, or hyperpigmentation, there is an amazing option for you. The right mask can help pull out impurities and hydrate the skin for a glow-inducing effect, and by masking on a regular basis, you can ensure that your products will provide the best results.
Tip 1: Before applying your face mask, dab a small amount of eye cream around the eyes. This will help to protect this very delicate area from dehydration.
Tip 2: Use a mask brush. Using a brush ensures an even application and less mess!
Treatments, commonly referred to as serums, are concentrated formulas with an unprecedented amount of active ingredients. With a smaller molecular size, serums are able to absorb into the skin with ease, making them a great tool for targeting specific skincare concerns.
It is important to clarify two types of serum: oil vs. water based. Both are effective, but differ in application. Water-based serums are to be applied before moisturizer (acids/retinol). Due to a larger molecular size, oil-based serums go on top of a moisturizer. They help keep ingredients effective, and skin hydrated throughout the night.
Tip: Be mindful of the active ingredients used in serums, as they may have a shorter shelf life!
Night creams typically have a richer base than day creams, which allows them to hydrate and lock in treatments as you catch up on beauty sleep. Slathering on a quality night cream before bed can lead to smoother, more glowing skin. Avoid using a moisturizer containing SPF at night, simply because your skin does not need it. Rather, let your skin relax with a reparative moisturizer, and select products with results in mind. When looking for a nighttime moisturizer, identify what you would most like to address, and select ingredients from there; salicylic acid is wonderful for congestion, and hyaluronic acid is ideal for dehydrated complexions.