It is when you are asleep that your body naturally increases its ability to fight environmental damage. Because your body doesn’t have to work to protect your skin during the night, it can zone in on repairing the damage done throughout the day. Therefore, products used at night will be much more effective. Given that we naturally lose moisture during the sleep process, it is vitally important we add this moisture back in topically. Use a moisturiser that is specific to your skin type and look for products containing hyaluronic acid to lock in hydration and attract moisture to the surface of the skin. If you are looking for a before bed snack, enhance hydration even further by choosing water rich fruits and vegetables such as cucumbers, watermelon, and apples, your skin will hydrate from the inside out and release powerful free-radical fighting antioxidants while you sleep. And of course before applying anything to the skin – remove all traces of make-up! Make-up clogs the pores and will prevent any product you apply at night from penetrating the skin correctly. If you are struggling, try these tricks:
Keep your evening products next to your toothbrush. You wouldn’t dream of going to bed without cleaning your teeth, right? Seeing your products along side this bedtime ritual will remind you that you need to show your skin the same night time respect as your teeth!
Set an alarm for half an hour before you usually go to bed. This means you won’t be too tired by the time you actually go to bed and you won’t have any excuses to slip between the sheets without completing this vital step of your ritual.
Make it easy by choosing an eye make up remover, cleanser and toner in one. There are so many great options out there these days. We love
AHAVA all in one toning cleanser for those looking to rebalance skin
Estee Lauder perfectly clean Triple action for those who like to use water for that ‘washing the face’ feel
Thalgo cleansing water 2-in1 for those on the go
Babor cleansing gel tonic 2-in-1 for those concerned with blemishes