What you do — or don't do — before you retire for the night has a bearing on your skin complexion the following morning. If you happen to look into the bedside mirror before you snooze that alarm and don't like what you see staring back at you, then you know it's time to take your skin seriously. For a smoother and more radiant skin at daybreak, here are the top 5 ways to care for your skin before bedtime.
1. Cleanse your skin twice.
You are probably using a long-lasting makeup and which is living up to its expectation. Your favourite mascara, foundation or eye shadow contains a polymer that doesn't easily dissolve with a water-based makeup remover, or soap and water. Consequently, it shouldn't come as a surprise when you wake up smudges under your eyes.
Before you go to bed, be sure to wash off all the makeup from your face. Cleansing your face once may not be enough due to the polymers in the makeup. Use oil-based cleansers since oil breaks down the polymers more effectively than soap. A good cleanser, such as the Rejuvenating Foam Cleanser, should do the trick. It will get rid of any residue left after that first wash.
2. Moisturise your skin.
If you need to wake up to soft radiant skin, then you need to hydrate it sufficiently before hitting the bed the previous night. Moisture not only rejuvenates the skin but also soothes it especially after exfoliation. Before you turn it, use reliable skin care products such as the Pure Hydration Concentrate, to properly moisturise your skin.
3. Sleep on your back.
You will wake up to a crumpled skin if you sleep on your face. Besides, the pillows and sheets can leave undesirable marks on your face when you get out of bed in the morning. And it gets even worse. Research shows that applying pressure on your face over time can lead to wrinkles — quite terrifying, right? Sleeping on your back also prevents the build-up of fluids under your eyes, hence, you won't have to worry about ugly bags under your eyes when to kick the sheets away at dawn.
4. Remove dead skin.
Sleep does not take away dead cells, in fact, it may multiply them overnight. If you need a fresh glowing skin in the morning, get rid of the dead cells before hitting the sack. The skin sheds its cells naturally once every month but before then, these dull and lacklustre cells stick around on your face. Use an acid-based exfoliator since it reaches deeper into the skin, acting on the bonds between dead cells and setting them free. Much the better if you happen to be fighting acne since the acidic nature of such cleansers helps rid your skin of excess oils.
5. Steam bath for your face.
For healthy glowing skin, the following morning, you need to find ways to constantly unblock your skin pores. Makeup and natural body oils and dirt often block the pores, preventing the skin from breathing properly. One way to unblock these pores is by exposing your face to a steam bath for a few seconds before going to bed. You should do it before the application of any efficient skin care products. If you can't access a steam bath at home, just soak a hand towel and stick it into a microwave for 20 seconds before patting it against your face.
If you want to wake to beautiful skin in the morning, then you have to invest in nighttime skin care. Be sure to use quality skin care products before hitting the bed.
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