Your skin actively produces new skin cells and improves your skin’s texture. When your pores are clogged, your skin does not get the chance to breathe and carry out its overnight repair process. By adopting a night face routine, you are assisting your skin in its restoration process.

Mornings are busy—not only do you have to cover the basics when you are caring for your skin, but you also have to put on sunscreen with broad spectrum protection and apply your make up, too. Now, that’s just covering your beauty priorities and not even touching on the fact that you have to get dressed, make breakfast, and get to the work on time. Also, during day time, your skin is exposed to environmental stressors like the sun, dirt and pollution. That’s is why day time skincare routine focusses more on protecting the skin from environmental stressors. That’s one big reason why nighttime is the perfect time to pay a little extra attention to your skin and its concerns.

Whether your skin is dry, sensitive or oily, here is a basic night skincare routine you can use;

· Remove makeup; sleeping with makeup can cause excessive damage to the skin. That’s why a cleanser isn’t enough to remove makeup completely. It’s always advisable to use a gentle makeup remover or micellar water. If you wear a lot of makeup, it’s important to double cleanse or use an oil based or water based cleanser to wash your face. Double cleansing is the process of using a cleansing oil to remove make up and afterwards use a gentle cleanser to cleanse and remove the residue.

· Cleanse; after removing makeup, use a gentle cleanser that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils or irritate the skin. The cleanser is meant to remove any remaining makeup residue, dirt, and dead skin cells that build up on the surface of your skin throughout the day and clog your pores.

· Face mask /exfoliator; this is at times optional but it is also very important to be included in your night time skincare routine. Face masks provide the much needed hydration and nourishment into the skin. This can be done once or twice a week. Choose a face mask according to your skin need or concern. For dry skin, try using an overnight hydrating mask that contains hyaluronic acid. If you have an oily skin, try using a clay mask or charcoal detox mask.

Exfoliators help to remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. There are two types of exfoliators: physical and chemical exfoliators. Chemical exfoliators (for example, lactic acid and glycolic acid) break down dead skin cells. Physical exfoliators (for example granules like sugar) remove dead skin cells. Exfoliation should be done one or twice a week because it can irritate the skin.

· Apply a Serum; this also depends on your skin concern. There are some serums that remove or reduce blemishes, brighten and hydrate the skin. Therefore, choose a serum according to the needs of your skin and apply it to those specific areas that need it most. If your skin is dry, look for a hydrating serum that contains hyaluronic acid. If you want a glowing, even skin tone, try vitamin c serum. Retinol serum reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

· Moisturize; it’s important to keep your skin hydrated in order to avoid getting wrinkles, breakouts (acne) and dull skin. Use hydrating moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid to help retain moisture and nourish it without clogging pores. Choose night moisturizers that are suitable for your skin type. It’s also okay to use the same moisturizer for both day and night.

· Eye cream; this is the last step in nighttime skin care routine. The skin around the eye is very sensitive and thinner. It’s likely to age faster because it doesn’t have its own oil glands. When choosing eye creams, it should be according to your eye concern. Eye creams that have peptides, squalane and hyaluronic acid are known for boosting hydration and firming the skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Don’t rush through your nighttime skin care routine; focus on your skin’s needs and give it the time it deserves so that you can wake with skin that looks rested and nourished, ready for the busy day ahead.

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