It’s widely understood that going to bed with your makeup on is a major no-no. What’s not so clear is what a healthy nighttime beauty routine looks like. Are there certain steps to follow? Products to use? Yes, and yes! While we sleep, our skin’s goal is to repair the damage from the day. It has taken me about a year to completely perfect my nightly beauty routine, but after lots of trial and error and asking my beauty guru friends, I consider myself a self-proclaimed pro. Here are my five no-fail steps.
1. Exfoliate. Regularly exfoliating your face gently removes the rough outer layer of your skin and reveals soft new skin. This gives you a healthy glow and clears buildup in your pores. No one likes blackheads! I use a simple combination of coconut oil and baking soda as my exfoliating agent. It is both gentle on the skin and cost-effective. I smooth a little bit of the mixture on my face and rub it in with small circular motions.
2. Cleanse. After using my coconut oil and baking soda concoction, I wash it off with a gentle cleanser such as CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. This washes away all the dirt and oil I scrubbed off my face earlier. I use a cleanser that is noncomedogenic, which means it won’t clog my pores. I would hate to undo all the progress I made with my scrub!
3. Apply a retinoid cream. You can get retinoid creams at your local drugstore. This product will reduce your clogged pores, even out your skin tone, and boost your skin’s anti-aging abilities. I apply a small amount all over my face, avoiding the skin around my eyes.
4. Add moisture. I love moisturizers with Vitamins C and A because they help repair the damage that happened to my skin during the day. A good nighttime moisturizer is thick in consistency to allow the skin to drink in the moisture all night long.
5. Give your eyes some attention. Incorporating eye cream into your nightly beauty ritual is a great way to keep your skin looking youthful. The skin around your eyes is the most delicate on your body, so it is important to protect and hydrate it. I use a simple Vitamin E eye cream and gently tap it all around the area under my eyes.
Skincare isn’t rocket science, but sometimes it can feel like it. Everyone’s skin is different and requires variations in products and processes during their nightly beauty routine, so try a few things and see what works best for you. We’re all in this together, my friend.
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