Everyone wants to maintain a youthful and healthy appearance as long as possible and healthy looking skin is key to that youthful appearance. However, many factors have an effect on our skin and contribute to the aging process such as time, external environmental elements, genetics, stress, illness, lack of sleep and nutrition.
The best ways to prevent skin damage and premature skin aging is by maintaining a proper skin care routine, using sunscreen daily, and maintaining a healthy diet and exercise. How well you cared for your skin from a young age, and more importantly how much you limited sun exposure before the age 20, can make a difference in wrinkle formation. What you do in your 20s will ultimately reflect how you look in your 40s, 50s, and beyond – and wearing sunscreen is key.
During the day, our skin is subjected to dirt, sun, wind, temperature, pollution and bacteria. It is necessary to protect your skin from these elements by using a well-suited moisturizer and sun screen to act as a barrier. Day moisturizers will also prime your skin for a smoother makeup application.
But a proper skin care routine doesn’t only refer to daytime care, it also refers to nightime care. By the time you are in your mid-twenties, you should be considering adding an anti-aging regime at night. The main reason for this is that most damage repair goes on at night, when skin has time to effectively absorb treatments and refresh itself while your body is in a relaxed state. Most night products contain concentrated ingredients that specifically help skin repair and rejuvenate itself during the night to repair damage and prevent accelerated ageing. Because everyone has their own specific skin type, it is important to use products that match your skin’s sensitivity.
Consult a skin care professional for the best advice on finding a skincare routine and products that fit your specific needs.
What are the benefits of a night-time skin care routine?
The benefits of a night skin care routine include improving skin tone and color, reducing skin blemishes, and hydrating and rejuvenating the skin. By implementing a nightly care routine, your skin will maintain a youthful appearance longer as well as look and feel smooth, soft, clear, and most importantly, healthy.
What should my night-time skin care routine look like?
Establishing a nightly skin care routine only takes about five minutes of your time. The essentials of a night routine are (1) cleansing, (2) toning and (3) moisturizing with treatments designed for your particular skin needs.
1. Cleanse your face every evening before you go to bed. If you wear make up, the first step is to use a quality make-up remover to remove make up. Then gently massage the cleanser into the skin. Wash your face and neck thoroughly with warm water and the cleanser. Allow your face a little bit of breathing time;
2. Use a toner to remove all traces or remaining dirt and make-up remover which can still be found on the face after washing. You might be surprised about how well the toner will remove the remaining traces of dirt;
3. Apply a moisturizing night treatment suitable for your complexion to allow the skin to be deeply moisturized and regain its youthful appearance and elasticity.
Should I be using a cream at night or something lighter?
Some experts believe that while the skin goes through its rejuvenation process at night it needs to be left free to ‘breathe’, and therefore recommend that you choose lighter options at night. From lightest to heaviest here’s how the weight of a product usually breaks down: Treatment sprays or water-based ampoules, serums or gels, lotions, face oils and vitamin capsules, and finally night creams.
Can I use my daytime moisturizer at night?
Yes, but there are some wonderful rejuvenating night specific treatments available which are more appropriate and formulated to work while you sleep. Try to avoid anything really heavy at night. Benefits can include:
• Deeply moisturizes skin to plump up complexion.
• Prevents sagging and wrinkling.
• Increases the skin’s radiance and clarity.
• Contains antioxidants to helps restore damaged cells from free-radicals and the glycation process that causes skin’s loss of suppleness
What else can I do to improve my skin’s appearance?
Exfoliate: It is also recommended that you exfoliate once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells, cleanse deeper and help remove blackheads. Be gentle while rubbing, especially if the exfoliating substance has coarse granules. Do not exfoliate if there is acne on skin. Wait for break-outs to clear. Do not exfoliate skin if there are cuts, rashes or sunburns on the skin.
• First clean the skin to remove any dirt and the residue of make up
• Always use lots of water and scrub very gently on the wet face.
• Use gentle circular motions to remove the dead skin.
• Rinse with water and pat dry with soft towel.
People with oily skin need to be extra gentle when exfoliating their skin so as not to over stimulate the oil glands which will increase the amount of oil that the skin produces. Very sensitive and oily skins may opt for a gentle fruit acid peel instead of a scrub.
Eye Creams: Because there are no oil glands around the eye, using an eye cream on the skin around the eye will replenish the skin and reduce puffiness and dark circles. Gently apply the product under the eye and according to directions.
Facial Masks: Masks have been used as cosmetic treatments since ancient times to help nourish and rejuvenate the skin. They can be hydrating, exfoliating, lightening, nourishing or deep cleansing depending on the skin’s needs and desired effect. It is very important to apply the facial mask on a clean complexion since they may contain penetrating properties and higher concentrations of active ingredients. Depending on your skin’s specific needs, they can be used daily, or once or twice a week.
Moisturizers: Moisturizers are meant to create a protective barrier over the skin to keep the moisture in the skin from evaporating, and keeping environmental irritants and debris out. Use a quality moisturizer that will not irritate the skin. An all natural organic moisturizer is a good choice because they do not contain any chemicals or harsh additives. The type of moisturizer you use will depend on your skin type such as normal, dry, sensitive, oily, acne or a combination of any of these. A good moisturizer will soothe and rejuvenate the skin, provide nourishment, maintain normal ph levels, and help with cell regeneration.
Serums: Serums should be used when you feel like your skin is in a rut and you’re not getting the results with your basic products. Serums can really make a big improvement! I’ve seen it with my very own eyes as an esthetician working with skin for 25 years.
Serums are ultra-concentrated formulas that infuse the skin with a deep concentration of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They are made to penetrate deeply, and to not protect on the surface like moisturizing creams and lotions. Serums, while also meant to hydrate, should never be used alone as they don’t contain the protective properties that creams do.
Serums usually come in a gel, creamy gel or oily form and are meant for use under a moisturizer or mask. A skin serum is that one beauty product that has the ability to penetrate deep within the layers of the skin and get completely absorbed to give phenomenal results. Loaded with nutrients and vitamins, these skin serums have the molecular ability to penetrate three layers of the skin and deposit the nutrients where they will be absorbed the most. There are different kinds of serums available today, from the ones that help in reversing or reducing the signs of aging to the ones that help prevent acne to the skin brightening ones. One of the most popularly used serums is the Vitamin C serum which stimulates collagen production, improves skin texture, restores skin radiance and fights wrinkles.
Using a quality serum helps restore collagen, reduce redness and discoloration, and reduces age spots, fine lines, brown spots, and wrinkles Both serums and moisturizers help generate new cells to the surface revealing a smoother and softer complexion.
Moist skin is ten times more permeable than dry skin so it is beneficial to apply the serum on damp skin. After cleansing, use an alcohol-free toner and leave it damp on the skin before applying your serum. By leaving your skin damp with toner, the action ingredients in your Serum will penetrate deeper within the skin giving you better results.
During the dry season, the single best thing you can do for your skin at night is keep a humidifier in your room. You’ll hydrate your face (and body) continuously while you sleep.
Should I get a facial?
There are many benefits associated with getting a facial. It is the opportunity to work with a professional skin care specialist who will analyze your skin, hear your concerns and show you how to properly care for your skin based on your unique needs and skin type. Getting a professional facial is so very important for the health of your skin. It also gives you a chance to try out a particular skin care product line to see how it behaves on your skin, before you purchase it.
The benefits of getting a facial treatment include:
• Learning about your particular skin type and how to care for it
• Maintaining healthy skin and having radiant-looking skin;
• Correcting certain skin conditions such as overexposure to Ultraviolet Rays from the sun;
• Treating conditions such as dryness, oiliness or redness;
• Deep cleansing and releasing environmental pollution like smog that may be trapped in your pores;
• Exfoliation to slough off dead skin cells making your skin feel smoother and softer;
• Increasing circulation;
• Relaxation of the body and mind through facial massage and aromatherapy;
• Looking younger and more radiant;
• Slowing down premature aging and softening lines and wrinkles;
• Helping clear up blemishes and minor acne;
• Reducing stress.
• You will sleep better tonight after experiencing an aromatic facial and relaxing massage.
Facials are great for both men and women, and a facial is a great introduction to skincare for a teenager.
How often should I get a facial?
It would be wonderful if we could all treat ourselves to a monthly facial, but ideally speaking a few facials a year will be very beneficial, especially if you live in a climate of ever-changing seasonal weather. Winter months can be very drying and require more moisture while summer humidity can cause over stimulation of oil glands and have just the opposite effect. Aside from providing a deep cleanse and boost of nutrients for the skin, regular facials and skin analysis can ensure you are continuing to use the appropriate route and treating your skin with the products for its particular needs.
Care for your skin if you want your skin to look gorgeous and radiant for many years to come.
Why should I get a facial at night?
As discussed earlier, one critical time for skincare is before bedtime because your skin, like the rest of your body, renews itself while you sleep. Overnight, your skin can absorb and completely benefit from the ingredients it just received, without fighting the stresses of exposure to dirt, sun, wind, temperature, pollution and bacteria. Capitalize on this by nurturing your skin at night while you sleep and it will have you wake up looking refreshed with a smoother, more supple texture to your complexion.
Getting a facial in the evening will also help you relax and with the use of essential oils such as lavender, can reduce anxiety.
Mobile spas offer the perfect solution if you are looking for the ultimate relaxation facial just before bedtime. You will discover a perfect union of luxurious therapies infused with the intimacy and comforts of home.