5 Things You Must Do in Your Nightly Skincare Routine
Do you often stay up late? Perhaps an early bedtime seems like something for children, but if you want more beautiful skin, you might want to consider hitting the sheets sooner.
Late at night, your skin cells work as you sleep. They correct the damages of the day and regenerate to keep you looking younger and fresh-faced. But there are certainly times where staying up late can’t be avoided like when you have a project for work or school, or you’re cutting loose with friends.
Whatever has you up until the witching hour, try to change your habits sooner rather than later. Your skin will thank you for the extra sleep with a plump and rested look rather than a dull, tired, and dehydrated appearance.
You can (and should!) also help your skin along by doing these 5 things as part of your nightly skincare routine.
1. Take off that makeup
Clean skin is beautiful skin, so if you leave your makeup on all night long, it stands to reason you’ll have the opposite effect. Makeup traps oil, dirt, and debris in your pores. As your skin naturally sheds at night to get rid of dead skin cells, all that snowballs together to create buildup that causes breakouts, irritation, and skin that looks uncooperative come morning.
2. Cleanse and cleanse again
For your most beautiful skin, jump on the Korean skincare trend of double cleansing. All it takes is removing your makeup with something gentle yet effective like micellar water. Then cleanse your skin with a hydrating cleanser that ensures you’ve removed all impurities while depositing hydration deep down.
3. Pamper your skin with massage
It might be late, but if you take time to gently massage your face as you cleanse, you’ll wake up looking better than ever. Use circular motions with the tips of your fingers to help boost circulation which brings oxygen to your skin cells for better collagen production.
4. Target your nightly moisturization
No matter your skin type, you should look at a night-specific moisturizer that will continue to release nourishing botanicals and peptides into your skin all night long. If aging skin is a concern, look for formulas with retinol to give you an ageless appeal. For dull skin, try a vitamin C-infused cream.
5. Make a weekly date with a sleeping mask
Sleeping masks are an ideal solution when you don’t make time for a regular mask. They absorb easily into the skin, unlike those thicker clay versions, and infuse your skin all night long. You’ll wake up looking extra-refreshed and vibrant the next day!
Naturally, the best way to have beautiful skin is to make time for good sleep, good eats, and regular exercise. Your skin’s health is a reflection of what’s going on inside. But from the outside, you can also help it along with how you care for it right before going to bed.