Our faces take a lot of punishment during our busy days – sun, wind, temperature fluctuations and pollution – which all take a toll on our skin. One of the best things you can do to aid its repair is to get a good night sleep. The phrase “beauty sleep” is a very accurate term for it, as there is full on body repair happening while we sleep.
During sleep, all our cells, not just our skin cells, are being restored, and your body is doing a full detox, so when you get a terrible night’s sleep or not enough sleep, you will end up looking like you pulled an all-nighter and feeling like it too.
I know that for myself, one bad night’s sleep and I look older than my age and I feel hung over. Skin cell regeneration doubles at night and peaks between 11 pm and 4 am. To help take advantage of this natural repair cycle and help your skin to repair itself, you must prioritize nighttime skin care as it is essential to help restore moisture, boost collagen production, remove toxins and regenerate our skin cells.
Always Cleanse – No Matter How Tired you Are
Remember when you could head out at night, dance your face off, come home and fall into bed without washing your face, and wake up and not look too exhausted? Well, it has been over 20 years in my case since this scenario has happened and now I cannot even imagine not washing my face before bed.Cleansing is so important because it will remove all the pollution that our faces have been exposed to during the day. Not only that, but going to bed with makeup on will hinder the repair process as your skin needs oxygen to repair itself, and you will end up with enlarged and clogged pores. Eventually, this can lead to sagging and dull looking skin, and of course breakouts.
My nighttime routine begins with coconut oil remove my eye makeup and the excess makeup on my face. Then I follow up with a gentle cleanser, which does not have to be fancy to do the job. Vancouver-based Be United and Free has a full skin care line, and their Balance Cleanser is a PH balanced enzymatic cleanser that is gentle enough for sensitive skin without an overpowering scent that will leave your skin clean but not tight and dry – available at Welk’s General Store on Main Street.
Moisturizer is a Must Both Day and Night
During the night, the water loss through our skin is increased, and our temperature is elevated, so this is why we can feel tightness or itchiness of our skin at night. Moisturizer helps to get the skin hydrated and speed the repair process.
Night creams are different than day creams as they are usually much richer and denser and do not contain sunscreen. Moisturize your entire face and neck, but avoid the eye area. Using a cream that is too rich around the eyes can lead to Milia, those ugly white bumps that tend to appear around the eyes. Milia are formed when keratin becomes trapped beneath the skin and blocks the pore. As face creams are too rich for the delicate eye area, the body has trouble clearing the excess product and it will build up in the pore and form these tiny cysts.
To avoid this, use a good eye cream like MyChelle Fabulous Eye Cream and exfoliate regularly to ensure your pores and free and clear of product buildup. Be sure to gently tap on your eye cream using your ring finger to ensure you are gentle with this delicate area after you have applied your moisturizer.
Sleeping masks are popular, but what exactly are they? Moisturizer is a product that should be used each night for nourishing the skin and providing moisture while we sleep. Sleeping masks, on the other hand, are power packed full of active ingredients, so they provide a deeper level of hydration – think of it as a rescue for your skin. Sleeping masks form a more protective shield while sleeping to keep all that moisture in. The consistency of a sleeping mask has a more gel-like consistency, and you will still feel it on your skin in the morning.Sleep masks can be used twice a week to give your skin that big boost before an event; I love Portland Oregon based vegan and crueltyfree Pacifica Vital Immersion Deep Hydration Mask for my weekly treatment.
Serums are a moisturizer’s BFF; they are thinner in consistency but are power packed with additional nourishing ingredients for your skin. The best way to use your serum is right after you have cleansed and toned your skin, and before you put on your moisturizer. This will help the serum deeply penetrate your skin, so you are getting all the benefits.
For an ultra rich nighttime treatment, especially in Winter when the furnace is on, and we are not drinking enough water, try an oil treatment like the 24 Karat Skin Potion from Eluma Creative made in Victoria BC with organic pumpkin seed, rosehip, and jojoba oil.
Warm your moisturizer in your hand before applying as this will help it penetrate your skin more deeply. Also, warm your facial oil in your hand and then gently pat your facial oil on over the top, do not rub it in as this will just mix the moisturizer and oil together which is not what you want. The oil helps to keep the moisturizer locked in and will keep your skin ultra hydrated through the night.
Do not apply your facial oil and then your moisturizer; the oil will stop the moisturizer from penetrating your skin like a thin layer of plastic wrap, and you will not get the benefits of the treatment. On the nights where you use the oil, you may want to use an old pillow case as the oil can stain the cloth.
If ever there was a reason to get more sleep, the anti ageing and health benefits alone top my list. No amount of makeup can do for you what a solid amount of sack time can, so make yourself and your sleep a priority!
Peace, Love, and Lipstick,