Woman using moisturizer

 

Sometimes, after a long day, the last thing you want to do is more. At these times,  the thought of just looking in the mirror can be exhausting, much less the thought of applying layers of creams and lotions to your face. However, tired though you may be, before bed is really the best time for skin care. After all, you can literally do the hard part "in your sleep." Here are some pre-slumber rituals that can pay off in the morning.

 

Double Cleanse

You know how hard it can be to find makeup products that stay on, but sometimes, they can be equally as hard to take off. "Long lasting" eyeliner, foundations, mascara, and shadows all contain polymers that don't easily dissolve with soap or water based removers. Luckily, you have only to look to Korean skin care for the answer. The method of double cleansing, an invaluable part of the Korean 10-step ritual, involves the use of two types of cleansers to make sure you get all your makeup off.  

 

Use an oil-based cleanser first to remove makeup, followed by a gentle non-soap cleanser to clean up any residue. The oil is much more effective at breaking down the polymers and waxes in your long-wear products.

 

Steam

Your skin will really thank you for this. You don't need a sauna to clean out your pores. Just step into a steamy shower stall for a minute or two before washing your face. Avoid contact with water, just expose your face to the steam long enough to allow your pores to open.

 

You can get similar results by wetting a hand towel and sticking it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Remove from microwave and gently pat the towel on your face to loosen oil and dirt for a deep cleanse.

 

Bring Out The Dead

If your skin is looking less than radiant, dead skin cells may be the cause. Although the unwelcome hangers-on are supposed to shed on their own every 28 days, unfortunately this is not always the case. Speed them along by using an alpha-hydroxy-based cleanser twice weekly. The acids in these cleansers can reach deeper into your skin than most physical scrubs, loosening and breaking bonds between dead skin cells. If you are acne-prone, look for a cleanser with salicylic acid to keep breakouts to a minimum.

 

Moisturize

Hydrating overnight masks can plump your skin, decreasing appearance of wrinkles and soothing skin after exfoliation. Apply a hydrating mask before turning in. These lightweight gel masks are made primarily of water and glycerin, which are lightweight and help skin lock in moisture while pulling additional moisture from the air. For best results, store in the refrigerator. A cold mask will tone down redness in the skin by tightening pores and constricting blood vessels.

 

Sleep On Your Back

Sleeping in a fetal position is natural, but, unfortunately, sheets and pillows can lead to crease marks. Research also shows that the added pressure on your face can lead to wrinkles. In other words, if you sleep on your right side, chances are, you will develop more wrinkles on that side. If you can possibly resist the temptation to curl into a tight ball, use a silk pillowcase to prop your head up and prevent fluids from pooling under your eyes. You may want to dot some caffeine including eye cream around your eyes for double duty.

 

Buenos noches, all! Let us know how you keep your skin happy in the morning!