Hey beauties! Want to start a night time skin care routine, but not quite sure how to begin with? Don’t worry; we bring you the ultimate guide to night time skin care that will help you pamper your skin and unwind after a long day. As your skin naturally repairs and restores itself during night time, your skin deserves a routine as unique as you are.
Remove Makeup & Cleanse
This is the most essential step of our beauty routine. Let’s find out why cleansing your skin so important? Our skin is the first line of defense from the outside world. It is constantly exposed to dust, dirt, UV rays and pollution throughout the day. If you are a make-up wearer, remove your makeup and thoroughly wash your face. Don’t be too harsh on your skin.
Removing your make-up should be the first step to your skin care routine. You can use a mild make-up remover like micellar water that is gentle on your face yet effective enough to melt away waterproof mascara. At the basic level, cleansing comes in two parts- Oil-based and Water-based.
Oil cleanser is perfect for removing any leftover makeup such as foundation, concealer or BB cream. It is an easy and gentle way to remove any base makeup from the face. For those who do not like using an oil cleanser, consider water- based cleansing option. On days when you wear very little or don’t wear any makeup at all, you can jump right into this step.
Micellar water is a lighter and gentler cleansing alternative. It is beauty enthusiast’s favorite makeup remover known to get rid of even the most stubborn of waterproof mascara. Whether you’re using makeup or not, following up with a water based cleanser is of utmost importance to effectively remove dirt and grime from your skin. Always make sure that your skin is clean before proceeding with your night time skin care routine.
Exfoliate (Once or Twice Per Week):
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and uncovers fresh new cells below, making skin visibly clearer. It unclogs pores and lets the skin breathe. This allows moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin. Used once or twice a week, it removes leftover dirt and deeply cleans the skin. Depending on application methods, exfoliation can be physical or chemical.
Physical exfoliation is often in the form of scrub which physically removes the dead skin cells and shows you quick results. On the other hand, chemical exfoliation as the name suggests uses non-toxic, incredibly safe chemicals. Two main types of chemical exfoliators are Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) & Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA). They are not as fast acting as physical scrubbing. You can exfoliate with both scrubs and chemical treatment.
This is the step following cleansing and before moisturizing. Hydrating the skin with a toner is very important as our skin begins to feel dry after cleansing or exfoliating. Toners not only remove any stubborn dirt and oil left on the face, but also balance the pH level of our skin. It gently refreshes your skin without stripping it of natural moisture. Toners help in absorbing all the goodness that you put on your skin like serums and moisturizers. Today’s toners are filled with gentle hydrating ingredients which help replenish any water your skin barrier has lost after cleansing job. They come packed with ingredients like AHA & BHA which help prevent breakouts, unclog pores and dissolve blackheads over time.
It is time to reinvigorate and restore the health of your skin. This is the step where ingredient-infused Serum becomes a part of your night time skin care routine. Serum tackles a number of skin concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, clogged pores, acne, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. Serums are packed with extremely concentrated nutrients, anti-oxidants and hydrators that improve the overall radiance of the skin.
Water intake in any form is great for your skin. Moisturizers not only hydrate but also prevent water loss through the outer layer of skin. They also reduce the chance of developing extreme dryness or oiliness. By moisturizing your skin, you reduce the chances of common skin problems like acne.
Facial oils preserve the toner’s hydration and help strengthen the outer layer of skin by sealing it and preventing water loss. Oils can easily penetrate serums and moisturizers which mean they need to be applied last. Facial oils are beneficial for all skin types, so don’t think they are only for dry skin.
Moisturizing Night Cream
Last but not least, it is time to apply a protective coating on the skin to prevent it from dehydrating. Night cream provides the necessary moisturizer to seal in all the vital ingredients for maintaining a healthy skin. Since the skin around eyes is quite delicate, your skin care routine is not complete without a rich moisturizing eye cream that helps to diminish the fine lines, dark circles and wrinkles to give you a younger, more vibrant look. Maintaining a high water content is the key for softer, smoother and younger looking skin.
The Bottom Line:
Remember that you are unique and so is your skin. This is why knowing your skin type is extremely important for reaping the benefits of a skin care routine. Another thing you should be careful about is: Choosing the right kind of Product for your skin. We at Le Bonheur believe in crafting safe and environment-friendly products to give you a natural and effective skin care.
The most significant thing is creating a night time skin care routine that works for you and you will follow. This is all what you have to do to wake up to fresh and flawless skin every morning.