As the years go by your skin becomes less resistant to damage. This is especially true for those of us who live in the city. There is so much pollution and our diet consists of so much junk food that it has become really hard to keep perfectly healthy glowing skin. This is why you will see beauty experts from everywhere will ask you to follow plenty of regimens. Now, they aren’t wrong. You really need a skincare routine for yourself if you want to have consistently perfect skin. But what many people fail to say is how important a nighttime skincare routine is for your skin. And this is where I come in. Today we will talk about what you should do to have the best nighttime skincare routine for the best skin. So let’s get into it.
The Nighttime Skincare Routine You Should Have
So you come home after a long day and you want to unwind with some relaxing routine that will leave you feeling refreshed, right? Well, there is no better option than following your nighttime skincare routine. Your skin cells regenerate during the evening so this is where your skincare routine is at its most effective as well. Well, you should make sure that your skincare routine offers more than just regular cleansing. You should have a skincare routine that not only prevents acne but also fights hyperpigmentation. For this, there are 4 major steps. The steps are cleansing, treating, hydrating, and moisturizing. While these are the major steps they are not the only ones. So in the following passages, I will be discussing the best nighttime skincare routine for all types of skin. So let’s get into step one.
The first step in your nighttime routine should be to remove your makeup. There is no better way to cause harm to your skin than to leave makeup on for an extended period of time or worse going to bed with it. Throughout the day your makeup traps sweat, excess oil, and environmental pollutants on your skin causing irritation and eventually skin damage. You can keep makeup removing wipes handy but washing is the best option.
The second step of the nighttime routine is cleansing. Well, you trap a lot of dirt and grime on your face right? Well, only wiping or removing the makeup will not get rid of all the grime and harmful particles from the skin. This is why cleansing is always a must. Now I cannot say which cleanser to use because each of us has different skin types that need different sorts of attention. So first determine the type of skin and then get a cleanser according to your skin. Massage the cleanser into your skin gently and then rinse with lukewarm water. Also, you should make sure you exfoliate at least 2 times a week. Exfoliation helps a lot in removing the skin’s dead cells making your skin smooth, healthy and bright. Now I suggest you don’t get exfoliators with things like microbeads and walnut particles. This is because these particles have been known to damage skin rather than helping them. For exfoliation, you can even take a simple face wash and apply some on a cleansing brush then exfoliate.
So this is where you treat your skin for the replenishment of vital nutrients like protein. This means that after the cleanse you should use topical treatment products that aid in collagen production. Collagen is what helps fight against early aging symptoms like wrinkles and fine lines. However, as time goes by our skin’s ability to produce collagen decreases. Now with all the things, your skin goes through in daily life the process is slowed even more. This is why a collagen-boosting treatment is vital if your nighttime skincare routine is to be the best. One other treatment you should do is basically apply a little bit off retinol in your skin. If you are using retinol for the first time then you might experience a bit of pink flaky skin. But you should wait it out because these will subside. After that, you will see amazing results. Expect your skin to become smooth, glowing.
The fourth step in your nighttime skincare routine is moisturizing. Well, if you have ever cared about your skin then you already know how important it is for you. Use a moisturizer after you are done with the treatment to ensure you lock all the nutrients and hydration within your skin. You should remember that many of the exfoliators and treatments may cause a lack of moisture in your skin. So you should keep an eye on the ingredients of the things you use. Also, remember that your skin especially the skin on your face is very sensitive so keep that in mind when choosing a moisturizer. If you need to then consult with a dermatologist before buying the moisturizer. Using a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid is one thing you can use. This formula draws water into the skin keeping it plump and nourished.
Well, this step is more of a reminder than a step. So you should make sure you don’t forget treating your eyes. This for me is vital to make a simple nighttime routine into the best nighttime skincare routine for my skin. Often times people ignore or forget about the eye area even though it is one of the most sensitive areas of your skin. This sort of sensitivity means that the skin is more susceptible to damage. This is why more often or not the early aging symptoms start near the eye area. So in that case just take an eye cream and gently apply it around the eye. This will help get rid of the puffiness of the eyes. As years go by the thickness of your eyelashes decreases. So you can talk to your dermatologist about using eyelash serums or Latisse. If you are using eyelash serums then this is the time to do it as well.
We are in the endgame now. The last step is basically applying the finishing touches. This is not as vital as some of the other steps but it is what will take your nighttime skincare routine to new heights. So what do you need to do to take your nighttime routine to another level? Well, Just simply apply a bit of Vaseline and Aquaphor on lips and cuticles. This ensures that your skin gets some added nourishment. Using vaseline and Aquaphor basically ensures that your skin retains the natural elasticity. So there is one more thing that I do. Just before you go to sleep you can apply some hand cream. I love doing the last step of this nighttime routine. This is because I can sleep better as there will be no skin irritation if done correctly.
Bonus Step For Your Nighttime Skincare Routine
So sometimes I have a bit of extra time for my nighttime skincare routine. When I do have time what I do is I use a face mask. Now, you don’t have to do this but trust me the entire nighttime skincare routine is elevated to a whole new level. If you have oily acne-prone skin then you can consider applying a face mask once or twice a week. So if you do decide to do this then do it in between step two and step three. You can use clay masks and exfoliating masks but the best option, in my opinion, is a turmeric face mask. Turmeric is a super ingredient for skincare. It is an amazing exfoliator and works wonders against skin irritation. You can even use chemical-based face masks if you are more comfortable with them. So just apply the face mask for 15-20 minutes after step two and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Then just simply start step three.
So there you go, this what the best nighttime skincare routine for the skin looks like. This routine if done correctly will ensure you have soft, plump glowing skin. It will fight acne, excess oil, hyperpigmentation and replenish nutrients in your skin. You might find it a bit hard to get used to on a daily basis but trust me you should not give up on it. Just keep at it till it becomes more like muscle memory. And with that being said, it brings us to the end of this step by step guide for the best nighttime skincare routine. Let me know in the comments below if you already have a nighttime routine and what your favorite part of it is. But till then, toodle-oo~