My 5 Minute Nighttime Skincare Routine
Your skincare routine is just as critical as your morning skincare routine that we covered last week in the blog entry “5 Minute Morning Skincare Routine.”
Last week we learned that daytime skincare is all about protection and preservation from the day like dirt and all the pollutant and fumes that blow into your face. But, nighttime is when you’re removing all the dirt and grime from the day and addresses skin issues before the regenerative process of sleep begins.
Your nighttime skincare routine is broken up between nightly and weekly.
Let’s start with your nightly elements.
1. The Double Cleanse
Just like in your morning routine and in the article where we discussed the double cleanse, you’ll want to do this as part of your nighttime routine as well.
Basically you’ll want to start with a cleansing oil followed by a water-base cleanser after rinsing off the oil cleanser. Reason for this is because your oil and water-based cleansers perform different tasks. This still holds true even for those prone to oily skin.
Your oil cleanser removes oil-based debris from your face. This is stuff like makeup, sebum, SPF and pollutants.
Your water-based cleanser removes water-based debris from your face. This is stuff like dirt and sweat.
Just like with your morning skincare routine, you’ll want to include toner as part of your nighttime skincare routine.
It’s essential for balancing your skin’s pH as well as prepping your skin for the elements you’re about to add to your skin. It’ll also hydrate your skin.
Put a few drops of the toner around your face and press it into your skin evenly. Do not use cotton pads!
TIME SAVING TIP! I PERSONALLY LIKE THE CLEANERS MADE BY SENEGENCE BECAUSE IT HAS ALL 3 OF THE ABOVE IN A SINGLE PRODUCT. IT USES MOLECULES THAT HAVE ONE SIDE MADE OF OIL AND THE OTHER WATER. IT ALSO HAS TONER IN IT TO LEVEL YOUR PH AND HYDRATE YOUR SKIN. SAVES YOU EVEN MORE TIME IN THE MORNING!
3. HYDRALURONIC ACID
You might be thinking by now, how is this any different from my daytime routine? Keep following along!
In our previous blog entry called, “Why is Vitamin C and Hydraluronic Acid Important For My Skin”, we discovered how Vitamin C Serum (in the next step) and Hydraluronic Acid when in their purest form helps our skin stay youthful and healthy.
The Hydraluronic Acid is a powerful humectant that grabs onto moisture and binds it to the skin. It help improve your skin's ability to hold in hydration and infuse it into the deeper layers. This helps diminish fine lines, signs of aging and provides yours skin with intense hydration!
4. Vitamin C Serum
Check out last week’s blog entry to learn more about this miracle in a bottle! In short, Vitamin C Serum promotes collagen production and mitigates the effects of free radicals, thus creating firmer, younger skin.
Wait, but I have oily skin!
It’s ok, you’ll still want to perform this step.
An overnight oil helps your skin combat the overproduction of sebum of pore clogging oils. Thereby preventing blackheads, breakouts and enlarged pores.
Dry and sensitive will greatly appreciate this step and enjoy the benefits of additional moisture!
6. Night Cream
This is the final step of your nightly skincare routine. Your moisturizer should seal in all the effects from the previous steps. Night creams and sleeping masks are intended to last through the morning. This means starting your morning skincare routine with an oil cleanser is an absolute must.
Now, onto your weekly elements.
It is vital to remove the dead skin cells lingering at the surface level to improve the overall texture and tone of your skin. However, stay away from harsh scrubs and granular exfoliants because they tend to cause more damage than good.
It is important to use gentle powders and polishes. Make sure you never use these more than twice a week.
According to The Every Girl blog, “Alpha-Hydroxy Acids and Beta-Hydroxy Acids are ingredients that your skin requires in order to initiate exfoliation at a deeper level in the skin rather than just sloughing away what is already dead at the surface.”
Performing a chemical exfoliation two to three times a week promotes rapid cell turnover. This can result in brighter and clearer skin. It can also slow the aging process.
A chemical peel should happen once a month if it’s a clinical strength via an esthetician. However, if you cannot get to one monthly, you can still reap the benefits via milder formulas for at-home applications.
Acid peels can be used a week at the absolute most. Warning: Test your product on a small patch of skin before apply on your full face to check for adverse reactions.
I would love to hear about what products you recommend in the comments below!
Make sure to check back next week where we’re going to move on to the next chapter called, “However, Haircare.”