We all know that a daily skincare routine is a MUST if you want to have glowing and healthy skin.
But what about your nighttime skincare routine? Is just cleaning your face before bedtime enough? During the night, our bodies not only shut down and rest but also recharge and heal. And so does our skin.
So, here are a few things that should be a part of your nighttime skin routine and can support the healing process of your skin while you are asleep.
1. HAVE A STRESS-FREE MINDSET
Yes, having a relaxed and stress-free mindset should be part of your skincare routine since your skin is the mirror of your mind.
Yes, stress does actually make skin problems worse. For example, stress can aggravate psoriasis, rosacea, acne, and eczema. To stay healthy and keep your skin glowing, you need to try your best to keep your general stress level as low as possible.
A cup of tea before bedtime is a good idea — it will calm you down, allowing you to leave your tiring day behind and embrace the night. Yoga, stretching, and journaling are other activities that will enable you to get into a relaxed mindset before bedtime, which in turn will maintain the health of your skin.
2. CLEANSING IS IMPORTANT
You all know the importance of cleaning the face after a long day of sweating in your makeup. Sometimes a single cleanse isn't enough and you end up needing a double cleanse to properly clean out your pores.
Using an oil cleanser is a good choice for all skin types as it is non-comedogenic, doesn't strip the skin of its natural oil barrier, and leaves the skin feeling soft and nourished. Of course, people are different, so make sure to choose a cleanser that works for you.
3. DON’T RUB, PAT DRY!
Right after cleansing your face, you probably use a clean towel to dry off. However, please be gentle with your face!
We recommend pat drying — do not rub your face all over with the towel, no matter how soft it may be. Rubbing your face can cause irritations by encouraging microexfoliation and causing existing skin problems — like acne, eczema, and sunburn — to flare up.
You also need to avoid rubbing your eyes, both while drying your face and otherwise. Rubbing your eyes or aggressively patting them dry can break the tiny blood vessels in the skin around the eyes; this blood can leak and, over time, lead to the formation of dark circles.
4. CHANGE YOUR PILLOW CASES REGULARLY
Did you know that your pillow case carries bacteria and other contaminants that can hinder the skin’s healing process at night?
Pillow cases collect sweat, dirt, dry skin, and oil that come from our face, hair, and hands each night — microorganisms feast on them and these contaminants can cause irritation, acne, and breakouts.
Give your skin its best chance for recovery and regeneration by switching out your pillow case regularly. We recommend washing your pillow cases at least once a week.
5. USE AN EYE CREAM
The skin under your eyes is extremely thin, delicate, and prone to dryness. Try incorporating an eye cream into your nightly skincare routine — ideally in addition to using a night cream — and you will see a massive difference in those fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles!
It's best to go for a natural eye cream that doesn't contain harsh chemicals or fragrances and can do wonders for your skin without harming it. Be gentle and use your ring fingers to pat the eye cream into the skin.
Pay attention to your nighttime skin routine and turn every sleep into a beauty sleep!