Your skin performs significant functions of repair and renewal while you're sleeping. In this blog, we'll lay out the 6 easy skincare steps pre-bedtime, to give your skin the TLC it deserves.
Skincare Steps to Follow Before Going to Bed
Step 1: Remove your makeup
Jump into bed and cozy up under your sheets all you want… but first, remove your makeup. Here’s a step that mustn't be skipped: Use a makeup remover or a cleansing oil to wipe off all your makeup. Always remember to be very gentle while using cotton pads, especially on the eyes.
Step 2: Cleanse
Let your cleanser remove all your makeup residue, oil, dirt and whatever gunk that has accumulated on your face throughout the day. On wet skin, dispense one to two pumps of cleanser onto your palm and gently massage it in circular motions over your face. Rinse off and repeat if you’d like a double cleanse (optional step).
Tip: Check if your cleanser contains ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), parabens and alcohol— because these are horrible ingredients that should be left out of your skincare products entirely.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): Commonly used in skincare products like body wash, cleansers, shampoos and hand washes, SLS is a foaming agent that’s also usually found in detergents and household cleaners. It strips the skin of natural oils and causes dry skin, irritation and sometimes, inflammatory skin reactions.
- Parabens: Parabens are synthetic chemicals and a type of preservative used to prolong product shelf life. However it also disrupts hormone function by mimicking oestrogen and is linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues. Parabens also impact the environment and marine wildlife too, as it gets washed into the sewage system and out into the environment 😧
Alcohols: Alcohols like isopropyl, SD alcohol 40 and ethyl alcohol gives a weightless effect to thicker bodied skin care products and may help other ingredients penetrate the skin better, but essentially breaks down the skin’s natural barrier.
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Step 3: Toner First
A necessary pre-skincare step! Because of its low viscosity, toners penetrate your skin easily and into its deeper layers. It rebalances your skin’s pH levels, gives your skin that shot of hydration it needs and preps your skin for the other serums and creams to come, allowing better skin care absorption.
Tip: Just remember to avoid alcohol-based toners, as those will dry out your skin, even those with oily complexions.
Step 4: Serum Second
Let the serum work its wonders while you get your beauty sleep. Highly concentrated, our personalised serums carries a bunch of active ingredients that your skin needs. Apply a light layer on your face after the toner and allow a few minutes for absorption before moving on to the next steps.
Read More: The Complete Facial Serum Guide
Step 5: Goodbye, Under Eye Bags
A good eye serum reduces and prevents aging around the eyes such as: crow’s feet, dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging eyelids. Plus, applying an eye serum at night will reduce eye puffiness the next day. The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate and fragile, so use a targeted eye serum instead of opting for a regular moisturiser, which may end up damaging the skin instead.
Tip: Incorporate this even if you are in your early 20s. Prevention is always better than cure. 💁♀️
Step 6: Moisturise
We’re almost there! A moisturiser helps your skin in regenerating itself and fixes the damage overnight. It locks in the necessary moisture and rejuvenates your skin. Definitely feel the difference the next day when you wake up with healthier looking skin.
...And you are all set for sleep (We hear you — beauty sleep is a real thing!)