There’s a reason it’s called beauty rest: The hours between your head hitting the pillow and your alarm going off are crucial for your skin to repair itself. Skin cells regenerate, toxins are released through your pores and, by morning, your complexion is rejuvenated.
While it’s inarguably important to get enough sleep, you also need to consider your nighttime skin regimen. Products that you apply before you catch some Z’s have the ability to seep even deeper into your skin while you snooze. So follow these steps before you hit the hay and you’ll wake up with that sought-after natural glow:
First thing’s first: You need to wipe away your cosmetics with a proper makeup remover. If you wear waterproof eyeliner or mascara, you’ll need an especially potent solution.
It sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s critical to wash the dirt and oils off your face before bedtime to avoid clogged pores and breakouts. Not only that, but clearing your face of any impurities enables your moisturizer to absorb more effectively. If your skin is especially dry, look for an oil-based or creamy cleanser that can help to maintain moisture.
Remember to rinse with cool to lukewarm water instead of hot, which could promote dryness as well as a feelings of tightness. Oily skin types should look for a gel cleanser with ingredients that can help to control oil production overnight. Then follow with a clarifying toner to ensure that any traces of oil or dirt are removed.
Twice a week, all skin types should use an exfoliator after washing, unless the cleanser has one built in. Scrubbing away dead cells promotes turnover, meaning a renewed, radiant complexion.
Wage war on wrinkles
If you’re fighting the effects of aging, your nighttime skin routine will play a major role in your efforts. Dr. Melvin Elson, a clinical professor of dermatology at Vanderbilt School of Nursing, told Prevention magazine that because your body temperature rises while you sleep, anti-aging solutions have a better chance of working more effectively as they can sink deeper into the skin. Choose a powerful product that’s formulated with retinol, which has been proven to make fine lines, wrinkles and age spots fade away. Dr. Patricia Farris, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine, advised in Prevention applying retinoid treatments before bedtime as UV rays can compromise their effectiveness during the day.
Diminish dark circles
Shadows under your peepers make you look tired, even if you aren’t. So before bed, dab on an eye cream infused with vitamin K. According to Prevention, a study by Elson found that women who used one every night for three months saw their undereye circles recede by 33 percent. Exuviance Brightening Bionic Eye Creme not only has vitamin K, but also vitamin A, polyhydroxy acids and cooling cucumber extract to target puffiness and shadows as well as brighten the overall eye area.
Pump up the hydration
Moisturizer is a must in any skincare routine, but especially before you hit the hay. While you’re sleeping, your body temperature rises and you sweat out a significant amount of your skin’s water content. In winter, this is even more of an issue as the air is naturally dry. Dermatologist Dr. Murad told Beautylish that it’s crucial to use a rich cream that has ultra-nourishing ingredients, like glycerin or shea butter, which act like a moisture magnet.