How To Perfect Your Bedtime Skincare Routine

Clare Cherry

Posted on February 18 2019

flowers, leaves and petals spilling out of a skincare tub

During the night, your skin absorbs nutrients better than it would in the day time, so there is some truth to the whole “beauty sleep” and bedtime skincare routine saying. There are no additional environmental stresses at night, such as sun and environmental factors, so whilst you sleep, skincare products are able to better penetrate your skin.

Your bedtime skincare routine is hugely important. Whilst there is no one-size-fits-all secret, there are some steps that everyone should have in place.

5 Steps To The Perfect Bedtime Skincare Routine

Step 1: Remove Your Makeup

Going to bed without removing your makeup is a huge sin and usually, cleansers don’t do enough to remove everything. To get your bedtime skincare routine started, use a gentle makeup remover with cotton wool pads to easily get rid of any makeup residue on your face.

Remember, your skin is likely to have been wearing suncream or make up for the majority of the day. Skin products sebum (oil), and you will have been touching your face throughout the day. Removing your makeup is an important step in getting partly rid of any products laying on your skin.

Step 2: Invest In A Gentle Cleanser

No matter what type of skin you have, a gentle cleanser won’t strip your skin of its natural oils or cause irritation, so finding one which is right for you is hugely important. Whether you prefer a cleansing oil, balm or even the double cleansing method, finding a product which works for you will play a large part in your routine.

Step 3: Toner

Much like Marmite, people either love or hate toner. It is most probably the most divisive of skincare steps, with some people swearing by it and some who think it serves no use. However, toner helps to recalibrate your skin by balancing pH and moisture levels. It is especially beneficial for those who are prone to oily skin.

When applied, ensure that it is left damp on the skin. This gives your skin an extra moisture boost before you apply your treatment and moisturiser. You are also helping to repair your skin’s protective barrier, creating the ultimate balance for your skin’s health. After cleansing, you have a 60-second period to apply toner before moisture begins to evaporate from your skin, so applying toner is an important step.

Step 4: Add Your Treatment

This step is where you can completely customise your bedtime skincare routine to your personal skin concerns, whether you are applying a serum or prescription product. This could be a facemask, which will be hugely beneficial to your routine. They help to reset the skin, particularly if you have been travelling, wearing more makeup than usual or are getting blemishes.

Step 5: Moisturise

It’s important to add any heavier creams or serums into your bedtime skincare routine, as these will sit better on your skin during the evenings and, after cleansing in the morning, won’t have an effect on your usual makeup routine.

Adding moisturiser will help to rejuvenate the health of your skin. It is recommended that you choose something which is hydrating and which won’t clog your pores. Bedtime moisturiser doesn’t need to be heavy or greasy, but it does need to be nourishing and full of repairing emollients.

Your bedtime skincare routine plays a huge part in repairing your skin from any damage caused in the day. If, by the time it comes to you going to bed, you feel too tired to tend to your skin, then try to do it earlier in the evening, maybe as soon as you get in from work. It’s important to never skip steps in order to let your skin “breathe”, as this is a myth and may result in water loss for your skin cells.

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