Do you come home after a hard day’s work and find it a chore to take off your make-up and apply your skincare routine for the night?
Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.
Getting your beauty rest or beauty sleep is not just a thing to say.
Oh no, it is actually very important. But more on that later.
Listen, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes your nighttime skincare routine.
It should be tailored for you, and only you.
But, there is one thing you must follow no matter what your skin type or budget is.
The order in which you apply the products.
Here is why…
The Importance of Skincare Routine for Night
Your skincare routine for the night is in fact, more important than your morning routine. That doesn’t mean that you should abandon your morning routine though.
When you are asleep, it’s your skin’s chance to breathe. More importantly, your skin is not exposed to any stressors like it is throughout the day (pollution and environmental factors play a big role).
Just like you charge your phone at night so it is full and ready to last you the next day – your skin is the same, it needs recharging.
The Order Matters
Any skin-expert will tell you that the order in which you apply your skincare routine for the night is fundamental.
Here are the steps that experts recommend.
1.Don’t Sin and Remove Your Makeup
Use a gentle makeup remover to remove your makeup. Going to bed with your makeup on is a sin. It is a crime against the health of your skin. Depending on your skin type, you can either choose water or oil-based makeup remover.
2.Use A Gentle Cleanser
If you live in areas that have high pollution like cities, you must use a cleanser. A good quality cleanser will not strip your skin of its natural oils or cause irritation. Cleansers that are rich in antioxidants work best for most skin types.
3.The Toner Dilemma
When it comes to using a toner, people either completely dismiss it or swear by it. According to skin-experts, a toner helps with the pH balance and moisture levels. If your skin type falls into the oiler type, then using a toner is highly recommended.
You should consider using alcohol-free toners with ingredients like Vitamin E, Aloe vera, or any type of antioxidants.
4.Your Tailored Treatment
This is the step that is truly customised to the needs of your skin. Do you have a prescription product, treatment or serum you like to use? This is the step in which you apply it. Whether you have a spot treatment, want to use a brightening or hydrating serum make sure you don’t skip any of the previous steps.
5.The Eyes Need Care Too
Like toners, many believe that eye creams are bogus and that moisturizers will do the job. However, the skin around your eyes is much thinner, so your moisturiser may be too heavy for the skin around your eyes. Using eye creams is beneficial because it is a targeted treatment.
Eye creams that contain peptides tend to work best, this is because peptides help keep the skin firm and boost hydration.
6.Rejuvenate With A Moisturizer
Many people choose to use the same moisturiser for day and night. But, there is a difference between the two. A night cream tends to be thicker and denser. This is because, by design, they absorb over a few hours. Night creams also maintain higher water content which is key for maintaining healthy skin.
That is why moisturising needs to be the last step because once you apply it nothing should go through it.
Hyaluronic acid helps to lock in your skin’s moisture, so you should look for a moisturiser that contains it as well as peptides (no, they aren’t just for your eyes).
If you want to pamper yourself with the occasional mask, because, well, you deserve it, do it after you cleanse.
Masks are great for giving your skin that extra boost. No matter what your skin type is, dry, oily etc, there is a mask for it.
The Bottom Line
A skincare routine for night is essential if you want to keep your skin healthy and glowing. There are so many options available for each step, you just need to find what works best for you. Just remember, you can change the products but not the order.