Your skin is exposed to dirt and UV rays the moment you head out the door in the morning. But it is also your body’s frontline defense against these pollutants and environmental stressors. Nighttime is your chance to return the favor. Pamper your skin and lavish it with some TLC before calling it a day. Pay extra attention to your face because it is the most prone to irritations.
Here are 7 tips to help you reclaim that youthful and radiant glow.
- Get Your Beauty Sleep
Research shows that just one night of inadequate or shallow sleep can wreak havoc on your face. Your eyes could swell and have circles under them, your eyelids may hang, the corners of your mouth might droop, and your skin can appear paler with wrinkles and fine lines.
Sleep is your body’s repair and recovery mechanism. While you’re in deep slumber, the blood flow intensifies, bringing the epidermis back to life.
Also, as you snooze, your skin gets the chance to produce more collagen and repair the damage done by the sun’s UV rays. The result? Fewer creases and age spots.
- Remove All Your Makeup
Going to bed with a dirty face increases the chance of acne outbreak, skin infection, inflammation, large pores, rashes, and dryness.
But makeup is not dirt, right? Well, yes, but it contains oil-based ingredients that attract dust and grime like a magnet. They clog the pores and slowly sink in. So, if you don’t wash away the day before hitting the sack, those minuscule elements can harm your skin overnight.
A gentle cleansing balm is the best way to remove your makeup and get rid of dirt. If you’re acne-prone, make sure to use a cleanser for oily skin.
- Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
While washing your face and showering cleanses impurities, these can also strip away your skin’s natural oils, leaving it dehydrated. This causes dry, dull, and itchy skin, uneven tone, and more visible fine lines on the face.
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help with hydration, but it’s not enough, especially if your bedroom has low humidity. To moisturize your skin, apply a topical serum or oil after rinsing off your cleanser for oily skin.
- Choose Skin Care Products with Retinol
One of the variations of Vitamin A, retinol is an ingredient found in many body and facial creams. This nutrient can boost collagen production, making skin plump, and reducing fine lines.
Retinol also perks up your skin tone and color. Regular application will take care of those speckles and blotches.
Next time you buy a skincare product, check the label and make sure it has retinol in it.
- Eyes and Lips are Skin, Too
Don’t neglect the skin around your eyes. It’s more delicate than the skin on the rest of your body. Invest in an eye serum and apply it on your eyelids as well as under and the sides of your eyes after cleansing.
Remember, to achieve the perfect “I woke up like this” look, you have to take care of every part of your face.
- Add a Roller to Your Night Routine
Go the extra mile and give your facial skin a lavish treat with face rollers. Made from jade or rose quartz, these marvelous tools gently massage the face to stimulate blood flow and the lymphatic system.
You don’t need to do this nightly. 3-4 times a week can do wonders like adding that glow, relaxing the facial muscles, releasing toxins, and shrinking puffiness. You can use a roller right after washing off your cleanser for oily skin.
- Mind Your Pillowcase
Are you a side or stomach sleeper? If so, then your facial and chest skin rests against a pillowcase all through the night. In this case, cotton pillowcases may not be a good idea.
Pampering your skin in the evening shouldn’t stop in the bathroom. Extend it to your bed with skin-friendly pillow wraps. Satin and silk not only feel smooth and luxurious, but they also diminish skin irritation.
Copper-oxide pillow slips are another great option. Research has proven that copper oxide particles are antimicrobial, heal acne, reduce crow’s feet, and prevent fine lines.
It also helps if you change your pillowcases often.
Your skin works hard all day to protect your face and body from harmful elements in the environment. Taking good care of it every night ensures that your armor will continue doing its job. Just 20-30 minutes will go a long way.