7 Ways to Care for Your Skin Before Bedtime
Your skin is your largest organ and it works hard to protect you from environmental aggressors, pollution, and stress. But did you know that your skin also repairs itself while you sleep? That’s why having a good nighttime skin care routine is essential for keeping your skin healthy, radiant, and youthful. In this article, we will share with you 7 ways to care for your skin before bedtime that will help you boost your skin’s natural regeneration process and prevent common skin problems such as dryness, dullness, breakouts, and aging signs. From cleansing to moisturizing, from toning to masking, these tips will help you achieve a flawless complexion by the time you wake up. Read on to discover how you can pamper your skin and get ready for a good night’s sleep.
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1. Washing your face
Washing your face is an essential part of any skincare routine. It helps to remove dirt, oil, and makeup from your skin, which can clog your pores and lead to breakouts. To wash your face properly, start by wetting your skin with warm water. Then, apply a gentle cleanser to your skin and use your fingertips to massage it in, focusing on areas where you tend to get oily or where makeup tends to build up, like around your nose and chin. Rinse your face with lukewarm water, making sure to remove all traces of the cleanser. Finally, pat your face dry with a clean towel and follow up with a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. It’s important to wash your face twice a day, in the morning and at night, to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant. And don’t forget to choose a cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type to get the best results.
- Clearing your pore – when you remove makeup or impurities from your skin, your pore naturally opens up and allows your skin to breathe.
- Eliminate oil from your skin – you face will likely have oil on it towards the end of the day. If left unwashed, the oil can potentially clog pores. This causes your face to break out in pimples. Your skin can also end up being dull and unhealthy-looking.
- Lower the risk of wrinkles – Nobody likes wrinkles and fine lines to form over the face. By washing your face, you prevent any premature ageing of your skin and thereby lowering the possibilities of wrinkles forming due to the lack of moisture on the skin.
2. Relax, give yourself time, and enjoy the process
Try not to rush through the process. Instead, make washing your face a priority every evening, even when it is late at night, and you are feeling tired. By allocating some time to care for your skin, you can pay attention to your skin and give it the care and attention that it deserves. The process of relaxation is simple. Everyone can learn it and get tangible results in their relationships and life from learning how to relax and enjoy life more over time. To start slowly building up your level of relaxation and enjoying life more, you can remind yourself throughout the day to remain relaxed. Planting this seed in your mind will be very useful in moments of stress and anxiety. To plant the seed, all you have to do is begin to notice when you’re not relaxed and then, consciously choose to relax each time you notice that you’re not. Gradually, this energy and intention put towards being relaxed, alone, will go a long way in bringing about more relaxation in your life, and will continue to build upon itself as you keep reinforcing the relaxation response in your life.
3. Use warm water instead of cold water
When it comes to washing your face, the temperature of the water you use can make a big difference in how your skin looks and feels. While many people prefer to use cold water to wash their face, using warm water can actually be more beneficial for your skin. Warm water helps to open up your pores, allowing your cleanser to penetrate more deeply and remove impurities more effectively. It can also help to soften the skin, making it easier to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. Additionally, warm water can be more comfortable and soothing than cold water, especially during the colder months. So next time you wash your face, try using warm water instead of cold water and see the difference it can make in your skin’s appearance and texture.
4. Invest in a facial brush
If you’re looking to take your skincare routine to the next level, investing in a facial brush can be a game-changer. Facial brushes are designed to help remove dirt, oil, and makeup from your skin more effectively than using your hands alone. They use gentle bristles to massage your skin and exfoliate away dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling smooth and refreshed. Plus, facial brushes can help to improve blood circulation and promote lymphatic drainage, which can reduce puffiness and inflammation in the skin. When choosing a facial brush, look for one with soft bristles that won’t irritate your skin, and consider whether you want a battery-operated or manual option. And be sure to use your facial brush no more than two to three times a week to avoid over-exfoliating your skin. With regular use, a facial brush can help to keep your skin looking healthy, glowing, and rejuvenated.
5. Use serum after washing
The serum is a skincare product you can apply to your skin after cleansing but before moisturising with the intent of delivering powerful ingredients directly into the skin. The serum is particularly suited to this task because it is made up of smaller molecules that can penetrate deeply into the skin and deliver a very high concentration of active ingredients. Serums also offer a highly concentrated blast of nutrients directly to your skin. To use, apply a few drops after you wash your face but before you apply moisturiser. Serums absorb deep into your skin, rather than sitting on the surface like moisturisers. Serums work great for specific concerns like acne, dry skin, brightness, and wrinkles. After you wash your face, apply a pea-sized amount of serum to your cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin.
6. Use a face mask regularly
The purpose of a face mask depends on its type. Some masks are designed for drying out excess sebum in combination and oily skin types, while others replenish lost moisture in dry skin. Some face masks treat uneven skin tone, and others may contain exfoliants that help remove dead skin cells. Sheet masks are used a bit differently. These should always be applied before the rest of your skincare routine. However, the product that remains after you remove the mask is intended to be massaged into your skin, so you’ll need to do these after your shower, so you don’t accidentally rinse it away.
7. Get enough sleep!
A good night’s sleep can mean good skin health because when you’re sleep-deprived, your body makes more of the stress hormone cortisol. Elevated levels of cortisol can lead to increased stress and inflammation in the body, hurting your skin’s quality. While you’re sleeping, the body’s hydration re-balances. Skin can recover moisture, while excess water in general in the body is processed for removal. You are not getting enough sleep results in poor water balance, leading to puffy bags under your eyes and under-eye circles, as well as dryness and more visible wrinkles.
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