Nighttime skin routines are often something that a lot of people don’t take seriously. After all, how much damage could your skin be exposed to as you lie in bed for eight hours, right?
However, your nighttime skincare rituals play a huge role in the overall health of your skin. It may even affect the ability your skin has to remain healthy in the long run. Start taking advantage of a few easy steps to incorporate before heading to bed. You can use those few minutes you have before you go to sleep so you can wake up with skin that looks healthier and younger.
Suds and Skin
This step is a clear no-brainer even for someone who prefers a no-fuss nighttime skincare ritual. Getting rid of makeup and product residue after a full day means that you are removing the bacteria and chemicals on your face.
This is the only way to let your skin recover and breathe as you sleep. Don’t wear make-up? You still need to wash up before bed, because free radicals from environmental pollution, sunlight, and other sources can continue to damage to your skin anyway.
It’s not fair, but that’s just the way of the world. Don’t forget to also clean nearby areas like the neck, back of the ears and the decolletage since these can harbor lots of bacteria as well.
People don’t exfoliate because they think it’s too tedious. But the truth is, you don’t need to exfoliate every day, and you shouldn’t!
When you do incorporate this beneficial step into your routine, you are helping speed up the rejuvenation process which produces young, supple and clear skin. Exfoliation also offers a deeper cleansing than regular face washing, removing deep-seated dirt and oil from your pores to give your skin a clear, youthful glow.
Try natural exfoliators such as coffee grounds, oatmeal in honey, or an organic exfoliating brush. You can also try using a sponge to get the benefits of exfoliation without exposing your skin to more synthetic chemicals. Experts recommend exfoliating once or twice a week for a regular deep clean without the risk of irritating the skin.
Exfoliated skin is also able to absorb the nutrients in your moisturizer. This will allow you to get the maximum benefits out of any moisturizer or other skin care products that you use before bed.
Not So Sweet Dreams
Your pillowcase could be contributing to the breakouts and skin irritations that you are dealing with on a daily basis. So, it won’t even matter if you sleep with a clean face.
If you don’t replace your sheets and pillowcases every few weeks, you are essentially sleeping on dirt and bacteria that could get into your pores. Wash pillowcases regularly to reduce bacteria. Better yet, switch to silk pillowcases which are more breathable and less irritating on the skin.
Moisture In the Air
A humidifier can be your skin’s best friend, especially in winter. Air conditioning can wreak havoc on the skin, causing it to dry out and become more prone to irritation. A humidifier rehydrates your face as you sleep, keeping the integrity of your skin cells intact. Turn one on, and see the difference it can make for you.
Better Skin, Tomorrow
A better nighttime skincare ritual can do wonders for your skin. Trying these tips can start changing the way your skin looks and feels, even while you sleep. South Beach Skin Lab knows how important it is to take care of your skin, no matter what time of day it is. You might even find it helpful to use our Day and Night Olive Oil Cleanser.
It’s a great addition to have as you build your nighttime skincare plans. Keeping your skin clean, hydrated, and protected from bacteria and free radicals can go a long way in ensuring you always stay looking gorgeous and refreshed.