5 Mistakes You Need To Avoid For An Effective Bedtime Beauty Routine

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September, 2016

Self Care | Skin Care

Your nighttime skin care routine is absolutely KEY to the beauty and health of your skin. Why? Because nighttime is when our bodies regenerate and rejuvenate after a long day’s work. When you’re sound asleep, your body is repairing cellular damage that naturally occurs during the day.

At night, your skin is in a truly sweet spot for beauty care. It’s not busy with fighting off free radicals, UVA/UVB rays, pollution and other environmental factors, like during daytime.

Cleared of makeup and impurities, skin is ready to absorb and make use of nutrients, vitamins and minerals found in creams.

This makes your nighttime skin care routine a great opportunity to provide your skin with moisturizing and nourishing products.

Not only will they help it regenerate, their goodness will also be used more effectively, bringing better results.

Are You Sabotaging Your Beauty Efforts?

Having said that, some of the things you might be doing as part of your nighttime skin care routine, could be totally sabotaging your beauty efforts.

It’s vital that we pay attention to how we treat our skin, especially once we enter the late twenties.

That’s when the production of collagen starts to drop, as well as our skin’s ability to regenerate.

Unless you make an effort to take proper care of your face and body, you’re heading down the premature aging road, fast.

Isn’t that what most women are freaked out about, as they get closer or past 30 years old? I know I sure am. Who doesn’t want to stay young a supple for as long as possible?

What women need to understand, is that as they get older, their skin requires more love and attention to stay the same way as it would naturally at 20.

Let’s dive in and see if you’re making any of the top 5 nighttime beauty routine mistakes, and looking 5 or even more years older than you actually are.

1. Leaving Your Makeup On.

This has got to be the main culprit. The absolute worst thing you can do to your face, is sleeping with makeup on. Let’s take a look at the consequences of doing this on a regular basis:

  • Clogged Pores
  • Dull and gray complexion
  • Breakouts, blackheads, acne
  • Overly dried out or even dehydrated skin
  • Sabotaging your skin’s natural cycle of regeneration and rejuvenation
  • Premature aging – wrinkling, sagging
  • Swollen eyes, dark circles
  • Increased sebum production, leading to oily skin

I hope the above reasons are enough to convince you that there are NO exceptions to this rule – you have to remove your makeup thoroughly before you go to bed.

It might have been ok once a while when you were in college, but as you get closer to or past your 30s, it’s a big no no.

If you do end up sleeping in your makeup, make sure you change the pillowcase before your next snooze. 

The impurities and oily residue have transferred onto the pillow from the night before. They could cause clogged pores and breakouts when in contact with your face, especially if you have acne prone or oily skin. They will also sabotage your nighttime beauty routine efforts come next bedtime.

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2. Skipping Cleansing and Toning.

No different than in the morning, your nighttime beauty routine should include cleansing and toning, stat.

Cleansing rids of you of what’s left of your makeup after a long day, along with all the impurities and oily residue that have accumulated on your skin.

It’s important to pay attention to cleansing especially before bedtime. You should remove all traces of makeup and make sure that your skin is clean as a whistle.

Run a cotton pad across your cheek and forehead, if it’s white, you’re good to go.

Having said that, make sure your cleanser doesn’t dry your skin out. Micellar lotions and waters are an excellent solution to nighttime cleansing on point.

They’re very effective at thoroughly removing any dirt and makeup, and they’re also gentle on your skin.

Toning should naturally come after cleansing. When you cleanse, the pH balance of your skin changes. 

A pH of 5.5 is the sweet spot for the face on your skin, toners helps you get there and prepares your skin for moisturization and regeneration. 

Pay attention to the toner you use. Stay away from astringents, no matter what skin type you have. They contain a lot of alcohol which overly dries out your skin – this is not beneficial for any sort of skin.

Acne skin will not benefit from astringents either, it needs gentle moisturization more than anything else. Drying it out is a myth – don’t do it, period.

Milky textured toners with moisturizing properties are a safe bet, they’re delicate and do their job. Make sure your toner is not alcohol based!

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3. Using Your Day Cream

How many of you are doing this right now?

Having a few favorite face creams and using them for both your day and nighttime skin care routine?

Join the club ladies! I always thought that night creams were just a marketing fad, and getting the same cream in a day and night variant was not necessary.

I used to believe that there was no difference between day and night creams, thinking this was only a way for brands to increase women’s spending on face care.

Only when I started working in the beauty industry, I realized that there’s a colossal difference between the two.
Your skin has different needs in the morning vs. nighttime. Let’s take a quick look: 

Your Skin’s Top 3 Daytime Beauty Needs

Protection – from UVA/UVB rays, pollution, stress, bacteria, dirt

Lightweight Moisturization – to replenish the water that your skin has lost during the night

Revitalisation – hormonal changes and imbalance which often affect women, have an impact on skin, causing swollen puffy eyes.

Lack of sleep, stress and poor diet contribute to dark circles, dull complexion and undereye bags.

Your Skin’s Top 3 Nighttime Beauty Needs

Regeneration & Nourishment – Your skin enters reparative mode during the night. This is when it regenerates after an entire day of stressors.

It’s also much more prone to effectively absorbing nutrients, as it’s not exposed to daily stress like sunshine, pollution, dirt etc, and focused on one task – regenerating.

For this reason, when you apply a face cream / mask / treatment before bed, it’s prone to bring better, more visible results.

Intense Moisturization  – your skin loses more water when you snooze. This is why your nighttime skin care routine should involve an intensely moisturizing serum or cream.

It will prevent dehydration, which often leads to increased sebum production and breakouts, as well as feelings of discomfort and even irritation.

4. Not Moisturizing After A Bath/Shower

When I say nighttime skin care routine, I don’t only mean the skin on your face girlfriend!

Your body also needs special care and attention.

Even if you’re using a moisturizing or nourishing body wash, it’s still not providing your body with the essential amount of moisture that it actually needs. Why?

Unless you’re using emollient or oil based body wash (in which case you should moisturize post shower anyway), your shower lotion most probably contains soap and SLS.

Both of these are responsible for that rich lather you love and enjoy. Unfortunately, they also contribute to drying out your skin.

I don’t know about you, but I get that uncomfortable, tight, irritable feeling on my skin if I don’t moisturize after a shower or bath. Even if you don’t, try rubbing your skin gently an hour after a shower sans moisturization.

Chances are, it won’t feel super soft, supple and smooth.

It might feel rough, especially on your knees and elbows. Around your 30s, skin has a tougher time maintaining a right water balance. Whatever your skin type, your body will benefit from a surge of moisture and nutrients post shower.

The Low Down On Body Care Products

There are so many types and varieties of body care products, it's confusing and pretty tough to choose the right one for your skin's needs. Let's go over the basic ones:

Body Butter - by definition rich and thick textured, nourishing and moisturizing. Perfect for dry, dehydrated skin and during fall and winter. Often enriched with plant oils like shea, cocoa, argan and olive.

Body Lotion - light and delicate texture, more milky and easily
absorbed by the skin (or at least it should be!) Perfect for normal/combination skin, as well as the warmer months of spring and summer.

You often see varieties targeted at specific problems such as cellulite, aging and sagging, skin tone adjustment, lack of elasticity etc.

Dry Body Oils - have the nourishing and protective qualities of plan based oils, without leaving a greasy film on your skin like baby oil would for instance. Great for sunburnt skin, dry and dehydrated as well as normal and even sensitive.

Most popular varieties contain+ argan, shea, olive, macadamia, marula, cocoa and jojoba.

In Shower Lotion -  by far my favorite recently! You use them like you would a standard body lotion, except you do so right after using body wash, on slightly moist skin, and rinse right after.

They leave a soft film on your skin, similar to dry body oil. Nivea has a great line of these, also for dry and sensitive skin.

Body Milk - not as rich and thick as body butter, yet more nurturing and dense than body lotion. Body milk is often infused with plant oils and emollients, leaving a noticeable protective layer on your skin post application. Perfect for sensitive, dry and dehydrated skin.

5. Going To Bed Dehydrated

I will say this over and over – your skin loses water more dynamically during the nighttime.

That’s why your nighttime skin care routine should definitely involve moisturizing from the inside aka drinking water!

You can use moisturizer by the ton, but if you’re not hydrated properly, your skin will still feel the difference.
This goes especially for Wine Wednesdays and post party nights. 

Alcohol dehydrates your system, having a significant effect on the wellbeing of your skin.

However, wine does have an amazing concentration of antioxidants which are a blessing for your complexion. BUT – you still need to drink that water gal pal!

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