Women who are conscious about their complexion know that every last pore needs and deserves careful attention. The diligent process of fine tuning your skin begins with routine cleansing, and creating a nightly ritual involving hydrating and rather reparative must-haves. This process can be quite confusing at best, and dauntingly perilous at its worst. However, did you know that enhancing your overall results could be as simple as using certain products at night?
As you sleep, the skin cells regenerate up to 2 times faster than in the daytime, to repair the damage caused by exposure to UV rays, stress, and pollution during the day. While you might do your best to protect your skin from such damage with sunscreen and antioxidants every morning, some damage is still inevitable. Therefore, you need to adapt a nightly skin regimen that compliments the function of your skin at night.
Nighttime is ideal for a reparative regimen, where you can apply concentrated products to address specific concerns such as acne, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and lines. This way, you can enhance the natural reparative processes of your skin, as it can utilize the active ingredients more efficiently during this cycle.
Keep your Skin Clean
Just like with your morning regimen starts with cleansing, your night regimen should start the same way. It’s crucial to remove all of the traces of make up to enhance the absorption of your treatment products. If you find that some make up is still on your cotton wipe after toning, use a makeup remover before cleansing. Then, you can choose the most suitable reparative treatment product depending on the concerns you need to address. Here are some of the essential ingredients you should include in your nighttime skin care regimen.
This serves to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines on your skin. By encouraging the production of collagen and increasing cell renewal, retinol also helps to even your skin tone.
2. Hydroxy Acids
These are mostly used for exfoliation, as they allow your skin to shed its uppermost layer, to reveal a supple, younger, and healthier looking skin. You can also keep your pores clear and reduce breakouts with regular exfoliation.
Always keep in mind that retinol and hydroxyl acids should not be used at the same time. But if you have to use both of them in your regimen, then use retinol at night, and hydroxyl acids during the day.
3. Sulfur or Benzoyl Peroxide
Effective in killing acne bacteria, and great for spot treatments and the occasional hormonal breakouts or pimples.
Be sure to apply some eye cream and moisturizer after the treatment products absorb. If you are prone to dry skin, you can use a richer moisturizer or a hydrating serum under the moisturizer. This should help prevent water loss through evaporation from the top layers of your skin (trans-epidermal water loss).
The last step is the most important part of your skin care regimen; get enough quality sleep to allow your skin to successfully undergo its repair functions. A combination of this and the rest of your regimen will certainly result into a glowing, supple, healthy skin.