Night-time Routines for Clear Skin Tomorrow
Night-time Routines for Clear Skin Tomorrow.
— A step-by-step into preparing your skin for a good night’s sleep.
✎ Natalie Earles
Naturopath BHsc./ Content writer
When it comes to a night time skin care routine, it really is a case of less is more. Get the basics right removing all your make up, cleansing your skin and get yourself some beauty rest to help achieve that healthy radiant glow in the morning.
During the day our skin is exposed to a whole heap of environmental stressors including environmental pollution, sun damage and general dirt and grime. For this reason, we often need to use heavier products to protect our skin from damage during the day. In the evening our skin gets a chance to rest and heal, this is the time to make sure your skin can breathe, that it’s clean and you can combat some of the damage done by the effects of day-to-day life.
Firstly, remove all make up.
One of the biggest sins in skincare is to go to bed with make-up still on. Do yourself a favour and clean it all off your face. Leaving make up on your skin overnight will clog your pores and create dull looking skin. To reduce your impact on the planet there are some great options to replace your conventional disposable make up wipes, brands such as face halo and flora and fauna have reusable make up remover pads that can be used with water, or a gentle oil such as sweet almond or jojoba to remove your make up (if you like DIY projects you can also make your own). Just make sure if you use reusable make up pads to be diligent with your cleaning methods of the pads to avoid product or bacteria build up.
Once all make up is removed, it’s time to cleanse the skin. Choosing the right cleanser for you depends on what you want to get from your product. For best results I suggest using a gentle cleanser that is balanced to suit the pH of your skin. Avoid harsh anti-bacterial cleansers as these can strip too much of the skins natural protective oils, creating an imbalance on the skin’s microbiome. If you’ve used anything other than an oil to remove your make up you may like to use an oil to cleanse your face, this can also act as a basic overnight moisturiser too, I find a simple Jojoba oil is great for oily and breakout prone skin.
Don’t forget to moisturise.
The next step is to add a moisturiser into your routine, always use a light moisturiser that allows your skin to breath overnight this will prevent clogging of your pores. Your moisturiser should be hydrating and look to repair any damage to the skin’s barrier function. Using an oil-based moisturiser in the evening is a great way to rehydrate the skin, SKIN by ecostore Multi nutrient facial oil or Life Basics CoQ10 facial oil are great evening oil based moisturisers.
Get your beauty sleep.
Getting your beauty sleep is so important to the overall appearance of your skin the following day. Poor sleep can significantly increase trans-epidermal water loss through the skins surface, this damages the skins protective barrier function, leading to dry skin and an increase in the signs of ageing including fine lines and wrinkles. Sleep deprived individuals will also have more noticeable negative effects on areas of the skin relating to the eyes and mouth, with hanging eyelids, more swollen eyes, darker circles and paler looking skin. Whilst there is no magic number that suits everyone, aiming for 7-9 hours sleep to wake and feel refreshed will go a long way in supporting your skins overall appearance.
Including a weekly treatment is a great way to help get a nice, deep clean and improve the appearance of the skin. Pick one evening a week to become a weekly ritual in treating your skin. By using a clay-based product like MV Organic’s Signature Mineral Mask for sensitive skin, or by creating your own Bentonite Clay Mask. Using a clay mask can help balance your skins oil production, it can also help to reduce redness and even out skin tone, helping your skin look more fresh and vibrant.
Bonus treatment #1 – Introduce a serum.
If you want to get something a little extra out of your evening skin regime adding a serum specific to your individual skin concerns is a great to do in the evening. Free from environmental stressors in the evening, the skin is able to absorb more nutrients from our products, this is a great time to use anti-ageing serums such a Vitamin C or any anti-oxidant rich treatment that can otherwise have their benefits disrupted by the sun’s UV rays during the day.
By adding a few drops of a serum into your moisturiser, you are not only minimising layering of product, but creating an intense treatment for your skin overnight.
Bonus Treatment #2 – Give yourself a lymphatic massage.
If you’re someone that suffers from dull, congested, puffy or blemish-prone skin, you will really benefit from using lymphatic massage techniques in your evening routine. DIY lymphatic massage techniques help to improve skin tone, texture and appearance by supporting the movement and elimination of toxins through our lymphatic system. The massage doesn’t need to be hard, a gentle light pressure can be applied to the face, you can either do this by hand or use manual tools such as a Jade facial roller.
How to Use a Jade Roller:
Start in the centre of your forehead moving outwards and down towards your temple on you left hand side. Return the centre and repeat on the opposite side.
Then start on the section under your eyes and your cheeks in line with the bottom of your nose, start at the bridge of your nose working outwards towards the centre point in front of your ear (avoid applying too much pressure to the delicate skin under the eyes)
Move to the centre of your chin moving upwards and out towards the centre point in front of your ear and then repeat on the following side.