Securing the best and most effective products is nothing unattainable anymore, our exposure to the multitude of skincare schools and regimens has reached a peak where you can easily educate yourself on what your skin needs in terms of ingredients, creams and even gut health has been seriously connected and included in our endless journey to achieving a perfect canvas.
However, one glimpse at our vanities and shelves could be overwhelming enough to leave us wondering; how on earth are we going to apply them in the right order. This article will tackle the nighttime routine in a step by step order to maximize the benefit you should be receiving from your chosen products.. After all, it’s called ‘beauty sleep’ for a reason!
But before we delve into details, there are some facts you must be aware of, and those are specifically the reasons why to me nighttime skincare is the game change..
When it’s dark outside…
- The water content in the cells is the lowest due to trans-epidermal water loss..
- Your skin’s protective barrier function is decreased so there is more permeability (which is why you always want to add a serum to your nighttime skin care routine).
- Your skin’s detox enzymes are released.
- Cell division is increased.
- Mitochondrial energy is renewed overnight.
- DNA repair and renewal is active.
Step One: Wash and Cleanse
At night, your skin has special needs because it has been wearing sunscreen and/or makeup all day.The skin also has been secreting sebum (oil). Not forgetting the fact that you’ve been unknowingly touching your face all day transferring bacteria to your face.
By using a cleansing lotion, properly remove all traces of makeup and any pollutants that has resided on your skin. Start off on a clean slate..
Step 2: Mask
There are many reasons that will convince you of applying a mask every single night.. A mask resets the skin especially if you’ve been on an airplane, wearing more makeup than usual, had one too many cocktails, been out in the sun and pollution, or getting blemishes. Leave on for 5-20 minutes. Rinse and proceed to the next step. If you’re using an exfoliant prior to using the mask, be sure not to use any other exfoliating product on the same day.
Step 3: Toner
The trick here is crucial, you have a 60-second window to get your toner on before moisture evaporation occurs after cleansing. Wipe over the entire face and neck. Leave damp (don’t let it dry!) and immediately proceed to the next step.
Step 4: Serum
A quick and worthy step that will go a long way.. If you want to increase the results from your nighttime skin care routine, using a specialized serum at night will make great use of your skin’s permeability. Skin permeability is enhanced at night and serums have a small molecule to penetrate through the cell membrane, you really should be using one that you get from reputable and ingredient-focused skin care brands.. Stress on effective percentages of active ingredients to create a positive change in your skin.
It’s best to apply the serum and let it absorb for 60 seconds before applying moisturizer.
Step 5: Moisturize
Moisturizing at night does not require a “night cream” as some companies like to promote. As long as you apply a cream that doesn’t include sunscreen you’re all set.. They don’t have to be greasy or heavy by the way..
Step 6: Eye cream
Believe it or not, applying eye cream at night is a step considered optional! However, using a nourishing eye cream is a crucial step, especially as part of your nighttime skin care routine when you’re not having to deal with sun exposure or wearing makeup. After all, the eye area is the very first place on the face to show the signs of aging in the form of lines and wrinkles.
Step 7: Acne spot treatment (optional)
Wipe away the area you want to treat before applying your favorite blemish treatment. This way, you will prevent any prior product from obstructing the absorbance of your acne treatment..
Step 8: Facial oil (optional)
For dry skin types and for those in climates with low humidity, a skin oil can be a great way to provide a protective seal over the skin to prevent moisture evaporation. It’s essential that you use a facial oil in this order in your routine and NOT anytime before.
Step 9: Hang your head upside down for three minutes!
By hanging your head upside down for three minutes at night right after you are done with your routine, you should notice that after a few minutes, a slight redness will appear on the skin, and in the long run, it will appear ‘lit from within.’” That’s because the technique increases circulation in the face, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the cells in your skin and helping it achieve that coveted “inner glow.”