Your bedtime routine is something that everybody does differently. But one thing we can all agree on is that it is the time for your skin to breathe, even if we don’t let it as much as we should! So you wipe your face down, put some moisturiser on, and then get under the covers to sleep the night away. But is that all you should do?
When it comes to a nighttime routine, there’s a lot you need to do to make sure you wake up with the best foundation to work with. And that means you need to clean your face and do it properly; here’s a few tips on making sure your skin can properly breathe throughout the night, that you won’t wake up with new blemishes, and that your makeup will glide on smoothly on tomorrow.
You need to be rid of your makeup and dredges of the day behind you before you do anything else, and you shouldn’t ever lay your head down on your pillow when you’ve still got some concealer clinging to your cheeks and mascara continuously drying on your eyes. Not only is it going to be much healthier for the future of your skin, but it minimises on the laundry you’re going to have to do that week as well!
So you can wash properly with some soap and a sink of water, but you should take the top layer of makeup off first. And if you don’t have makeup wipes in order to do so, don’t worry; normal wet wipes work just as well, or just some cotton pads and a bit of water to be as gentle as possible to avoid the soreness of constantly scrubbing the eyeliner away. But next time you’re at the store, make sure you pick up some makeup remover. There’s all kinds out there, for all different skin types, and you can save your pennies buying the store brands rather than the named brands: they’re about the same as each other.
Then get your cleanser out to open up your pores; it’s something a lot of people forget to do in their routine, but it’s going to mean you won’t wake up with an errant spot or pimple on your forehead in the morning. Get the dirt out and literally feel the weight falling off of you.
Exfoliate the Dead Cells Off
This is where some cold water comes in from the aforementioned sink, and then you can pull out the proper face exfoliators to make sure you get the last dredges of skin cells that are doing nothing for you anymore. A whole new layer of healthy skin is underneath, don’t you absolutely want it to flourish under your care?
So before you give up on your routine and head to bed, this is the final necessary step before any of the finishing touches that you don’t actually have to do. Always make sure you’re using water at this point to make sure you’re not causing too much sensitivity in your pores; plenty of spots can form at this point as well, and that’s something you’re trying to avoid!
Use Some Creams
If you have any to spare that is. A lot of people prefer to use these in the morning before you put the rest of your makeup on, so you’re perfectly fine to leave these until then if you’re too tired. But if your skin is looking a little bit red, or you can feel the dryness starting to seep in, this is the time to rub in some moisturiser. All over your face that is, you don’t want to forget your lips before you nod off; mouth breathing is more of a killer for your smooth skin than you think!
You don’t need too much cream or oil here, as only a touch on the most neglected parts of your face are going to do wonders for that area. So if you have dry patches, or you have a blemish that’s just starting to appear with how much cleansing you’re doing, put those problem spots to bed now.
Preparing your face for bed is a bit of a task, so don’t worry if you’re not always up to it. But the sooner you turn it into the habit it should be, the more effective it’s going to be for your looks and your health. It’s something lots of people dismiss, but when combined with sleep? The best move!