Good nights lead to better days
ON WELLNESS BY NATIVSK/N
Here are three things to consider before you skip washing your face at night.
Makeup left on overnight can clog your pores and lead to acne, rashes and irritation
Debris left on the skin hampers the natural exfoliation process, causing it to look dull, flaky, dry and uneven
Your skin repairs itself while you sleep. Cleansing thoroughly before sleep helps skin absorb all the good stuff in your serums or moisturizers
Yes, your beauty sleep is important. But your pre-bedtime routine makes a huge difference in your complexion as well. So, if you’re tempted to go to bed without washing your face, consider these three things before you skip this very important part of your skin care ritual.
take it all off
Pores clogged with makeup can lead to acne, rashes and irritation.
It’s important to get all your makeup off. If you use long-wearing makeup (which really does live up to its claims), the polymers used in these products don’t easily dissolve with soap and water, or water-based cleansers. To get the most out cleansing, try these helpful tips:
- Take a cue from K-beauty skincare regimens and ‘double cleanse’ using an oil-based cleanser (to break down the waxes and polymers). Then follow with a gentle non-soap cleanser to remove any residue.
- De-gunk your pores by exposing your skin to steamy, hot water. This will open up your pores to help loosen any oil, dirt, sweat and bacteria. Avoid direct contact with the hot water.
- Give yourself a ‘mini-facial.’ Put a wet hand towel in the microwave for 20 seconds. Gently pat the towel against your face. This will also open up your pores.
keep those dead skin cells moving
Build up causes skin to look dull, lackluster and uneven.
Leaving the day’s activities on your skin overnight slows down its natural exfoliation process. If your skin looks dull and lackluster, chances are dead skin cells are to blame. To keep those dead cells moving consider the following:
- Use a gentle cleanser that is alpha-hydroxy acid-based. Twice a week is enough to leave your skin smooth and glowing. The acids are effective at breaking the bonds between dead cells to help speed up sloughing
- A cleanser with a salicylic acid will help clear away excess oil and fight acne.
'don't block the blessing'
Thorough cleansing supports your skin’s natural process of healing and repair, and can help you look younger in the morning.
By not washing your face before bed, you’re missing out on a chance to target problems. Clean skin does a better job of absorbing those hydrating goodies in your moisturizer and serum while you sleep. There’s also a great blood supply to the skin and a number of different metabolic processes happening at night while you sleep. As rejuvenation products become more gentle, and efficacious, a cleansed face can also accomplish more ‘damage reversal’ in your skin’s appearance. Here are a few suggestions for treating cleansed skin:
- Toners aren’t what they used to be, and many are now applied as a leave-on treatment. Look for toners that contain mild acids and antioxidants which help to diminish discoloration, soften wrinkles and tone enlarged pores.
- Apply a light-weight hydrating overnight gel mask. This will soothe the skin after you exfoliate. Hydrators plump the skin, soften the appearance of fine lines and give your skin a smoother texture.
- Look for light-weight moisturizing formulas that help your skin hold on to or attract water.
- If your moisturizer or hydrating mask is cold upon application, it will help minimize redness and tone your pores. You gotta love that!
Ok, just going overnight without washing your face isn’t going to age you five years. But you’d be doing your skin a huge favor by sticking to your pre-bedtime cleansing ritual and using results-driven treatments that target uneven skin tone or other problems. But if you’re just too tired to properly cleanse your face before hitting the hay after that long day (or night out), at least splash some warm (not hot) water on your face, and wipe away the day’s debris with a soft cotton pad or cotton ball. Sleep well.
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