While it's easy enough to give your face a wash in the morning, sometimes when it comes to the end of the day we're just too tired to look after our skin. The trouble with that is that our skin is carrying pollution, worn down make-up and all the food, oils and germs we've transferred to our face with our fingertips while we've been going about our day-to-day business!
To allow your skin to breathe again and free it of build-up that’ll cause havoc with your complexion, all you need to do is follow these three easy steps.
For your night-time routine you’ll need two different types of cleansers. A heavy cream cleanser that is suitable for removing make-up (if you wear it) and dirt, and the same cleanser that you use during the morning. If you don’t already have a morning skin care routine then see our Morning Skin Care Routine in 3 Easy Steps beauty blog for tips and advice.
Make sure your hair is out of the way and massage your cream cleanser over your face using the massage techniques outlined in our Skin Care Tips: How to Give Yourself a Facial Massage beauty blog. Remove the cleanser with cotton wipes or a tissue (in gentle upward movements) and then repeat with your usual cleanser and rinse with some cool water and pat your face dry.
A toner should be applied after cleansing to close your pores and stimulate circulation. Your toner should be selected based on your skin type or you can use simple water (in which case you can skip this step as rinsing off your cleanser has already toned your skin). Other toners can be applied directly to your skin with a cotton pad.
For night moisturizing you’ll need a heavier moisturizer than what you’d apply during your morning routine. Apply a small amount of moisturizer while your skin is still damp from toning using the same massage techniques used for cleansing and then apply some eye cream to your eyes using light, gentle circles.
Beauty Tip: Eye cream should be used from the age of 25 when the skin around your eyes starts to develop fine lines.
Due to the heaviness of night creams you should remove any excess cream before going to bed with a tissue (try to make sure your cream has been left to work for at least 20 minutes). This will stop your eyes and skin from looking puffy when you wake up in the morning.
Once you’ve applied your moisturizer then your night skin care routine is complete!
By incorporating this routine into your beauty regime you’ll be well on your way to skin that looks refreshed and feels soft and supple. Unfortunately it does takes time for the good things we do to our skin to show through, while the bad stuff like too much junk food and a night on the town can appear right away. But the sooner you establish and incorporate a simple daily skin care routine, the better off your skin will be!