An effective night-time skincare routine is the secret to younger-looking skin among many others. Once you’ve developed a routine that’s suited for you then you will have no problems achieving your most desired youthfulness.
Of course, you need more than just washing your face to achieve that! Here are night-time skincare habits you can try to achieve that youthful glow.
Important Note: We have different skin types, with that you need to be aware that some of these suggested habits may not work for you.
Night-Time Skincare Routine That’ll Make You Look Younger in 8 Hours
1. Wash Your Face — Thoroughly
Common sense, right? There’s a reason this is always included whenever we speak of skincare. This is a must, a part of the commandments in skincare. The goal of this procedure is to take away all day’s accumulated dirt, oil, grit, cosmetics, and environmental debris.
Use a gentle cleanser that is right for your skin type. I’m a sucker for Japanese brand skincare products and right now I am about to finish a tube of Hada Labo Hyaluronic Face Wash.
I have combination skin and there are times I feel extra oily, I opt to use an oil control facial wash like the Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser. It’s still gentle.
Remember: Especially with what’s going on, always wash your hands first before washing your face.
Tip: For 30 seconds, gently rub the lather over your face and neck. Don’t forget your eyelids.
2. Exfoliate With a Chemical Acid
Okay, I know the thought of putting acid on your face is like a scene from a scary movie. However, the acids I’m talking about are the good kinds, the ones that will help rid of the top layer of dead skin cells to give you extra radiance.
Choosing the right chemical exfoliant for you can be overwhelming because that’s definitely an entirely new topic. Bear in mind though that most contain acids that come in two forms, which are: Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs).
They also range from mild to deep exfoliants. Whatever your choice is it’s important to start slow and get your skin accustomed to the chemicals first.
- Do this once or twice a week for the best result. Never exfoliate on a daily basis.
- Even if you’re not exposed to the sun, wear sunscreen!
3. Facial Oil in Your Night Routine
With just a drop or two of facial oil, you’ll get a boost of radiance in the morning. It penetrates the skin better than other products. Make sure you do this at the end of your night-time routine, though.
I’m currently using the Drunk Elephant Marula Oil, while it’s an amazing product it’s really expensive! I would love to try The Ordinary’s version for a fraction of a cost.
4. Pamper Your Skin With Moisturizer
We all know that a moisturizer is a staple regimen for your night-time skincare routine. I would even skip putting on moisturizers in day time but never at night. I sometimes find moisturizers too thick for a day time skincare but it’s super nourishing when applied at night.
It’s a great habit that keeps my skin soft and supple when I wake up in the morning. I have a few on my rotation. As mentioned, I love Japanese brands and right now I’m trying to finish a bottle of Hada Labo Lotion. It has a thin consistency that I can manage to apply it even with a hot humid weather.
I own travel sizes of the Drunk Elephant Protini™ Polypeptide Cream and Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. I’ve used both and I really like them both and I’m thinking of getting a full-sized version of the Drunk Elephant one.
5. Retinol Is Powerful
Nighttime is best reserved for Vitamin A-rich Retinol treatments (since these can cause sun sensitivity). Retinol treatments (such as prescription-strength Retin-A or OTC formulas) help your skin naturally exfoliate itself, which leads to softer, more even-toned skin with fewer signs of lines, wrinkles, and discoloration.
Retinol is effective for fine lines while Retin-A and Renova are for more severe cases of wrinkles, but be sure to consult your doctor before using such. Both improve skin by stimulating cell turnover and collagen production. There’s also evidence that they can prevent or reverse a certain amount of sun damage.
Where to apply: Retin-A and Renova should be used on specific trouble spots, as directed by your doctor. But all other treatments should be applied to your entire face.
Tip: Since some people experience redness from Retinol treatments, it’s advisable to start off using this type of nighttime beauty treatment every few days, and building up to daily use. After a few weeks, your skin should be able to handle this type of skincare treatment without showing any unwanted reactions (such as redness or flakiness).
6. Antioxidants in Your Night Routine
Just like our body, our skin could use lots of antioxidants. Vitamins C is the most famous in the skincare world. It helps repair our skin cells and protect them from pollutants.
The Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum has been making a lot of noise in the beauty industry. I love the packaging and how it’s greatly designed making sure the product is sealed properly. However, for the performance, I honestly think there are more affordable options. By the way, I know it says “day serum” but that doesn’t mean it’s limited for day time use.
Another famous one — resveratrol — can improve the skin’s night-time repair functions, boost antioxidant production within skin cells and even produce more collagen. There are some skincare products now that contain this ingredient like DHC Resveratrol Lotion.
7. Eye Cream for the Win
I have been taking this regimen for granted. I thought why need a separate product for your under eyes? Apparently, the skin surrounding the eyes has special needs because doesn’t have oil glands making it more vulnerable to fine lines.
Eye cream helps minimize these unsightly problems and even prevent these issues from occurring again. But choose your eye cream wisely — find a hydrating eye cream with anti-aging nutrients, such as vitamins and antioxidants (that combat free radicals).
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is my go-to but I’ve been wanting to try eye creams from bigger brands like the Dior Capture Youth Age-Delay Advanced Eye Treatment.
8. Body Cream as Usual
Yes, it’s a given that we take good care of our face since we want to look younger but don’t neglect your body. Oftentimes, women obsess over how their faces look, but seem to get lazy when it comes to their bodies.
The skin on your body (aside from our chest, neck, and hands) tends to be thicker so it’s less prone to show signs of aging than your face (which is easily exposed to the harsh elements on a daily basis), there’s still a need to take care of it if you want to look good (imagine having a perfectly smooth skin on the face while the skin on your body is well — has already aged). Apply moisture-rich Body Creams regularly to prevent dryness, flakiness and rough patches.
9. Face Mask Night Routine
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Truth be told I only apply face masks for fun! However, I noticed that a soothing face mask thus seem to help my other skincare products sink in more efficiently.
Face masks from Korean skincare brands are cute and amazing! I have no particular favorite but I’ve seen some fun designs that I’ll definitely try soon. I’m a bit hesitant to purchase online. I’m afraid there might be delays in shipping due to the current coronavirus crisis.
10. Sleep Is Your Bestfriend!
Aim for an eight-hour sleep or enough to wake up rested. Having enough sleep delays your skin’s aging. And be sure to sleep on your back to drain away fluid from the face so you’ll be less likely to look puffy in the morning.
That being said, I will definitely be catching on some sleep tonight and pamper my skin with these night-time routine treatments, you should too!
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