Do you feel lost in the wide range of skin products used by dermatologists and beauty experts and wonder what and how you need to use them? Do you always wonder about the order in which you need to apply skincare products and if the order even matters? Skincare sequence matters! This article will help you with the manner and the order in which you can use different products so that you can fully benefit from their nutrients and properties.
Why is it essential to take care of our skin at night? While we sleep, we lose more skin hydration, according to the leading New-York city dermatologist Dr. Doris May, so it is essential to hydrate our skin at night, and repair it from the damage of the sun, pollution, and stress that affect our skin throughout the day. Nonetheless, according to the research conducted by the University of California, Irvine, our new skin cells have a faster growth while we snooze.
1. Remove your Makeup
Are you guilty of going to bed with your makeup on? You wish that you could sleep with your makeup on and wake up in the morning with your face made up, looking fresh and healthy, ready to go to school, work or go out with your loved ones. I am not exaggerating to say that we all are guilty of it especially when we feel good about our makeup look. So, we wonder: Is it bad to sleep with makeup on?
According to the Huffington Post article, '"sleeping in your makeup can result in unnecessary exposure to the free radicals in the environment, which the makeup holds on to,” says Dr. Schweiger. “Free radicals cause the breakdown of healthy collagen, which results in fine lines on the skin. Additionally, makeup can clog the pores while you sleep, resulting in the development of acne.”'
Therefore, to maintain a youthful, healthy skin, it is essential to take great care of it. Some of us might think that makeup could always cover up blemishes, so there is no need to worry about skincare. But, think of your face as the canvass of a painting, if the canvass is not smooth and fresh, no matter how talented the artist is, the painting will not do justice to your beautiful features. So avoid sleeping with your makeup on, remove it. For makeup removal, I personally do not recommend using facial wipes or towelettes as they tend to be more drying than other makeup removal products.
2. Cleansing and Rinsing
It is crucial to remove the skin build-up of a long day even when we are not wearing makeup in order to clear and open pores, so that our skin can breathe. Cleansing removes excessive sebum (skin oil) and dead skin from the pores and thus prevents premature aging, wrinkles, and breakouts. I personally use for my face (not around the eyes as they are very delicate) the Burt's Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream; it is free from parabens, phthalates, and petrochemicals.
Wet your face. Apply cleanser with fingertips or a wet washcloth. Massage gently, and avoid contact with the eye area. Rinse thoroughly. Follow with your favorite toner (if necessary) then serum.
3. Apply a Toner
Tone your skin only if you are having skin problems, since most new cleaners already include toners. So there is really no need to use a toner unless you are experiencing skin problems. Toners could be drying and irritating if they are used on the wrong skin type. Otherwise, they can be used to supply the skin with good ingredients, namely, antioxidants, and vitamin B derivatives. Stay away from alcohol-based toners (and those with fragrance) as they over-dry the skin, and from water-based toners as they are not as effective in helping the skin absorb other active ingredients as well as they should. I personally recommend using pure rose water for toning. It works for all skin types.
4. Apply Serum
Serum is a nourishing dense product that is used to address specific skin concerns (dryness, wrinkles, acne, irritation, and inflammation...etc) and protect it from damage such as antioxidant serum. Serum delivers important and potent ingredients directly into the skin. However, do not overuse it.
At night, it is safe to use natural moisturizers like pure coconut oil (not for very oily skin), unrefined pure olive oil, unrefined Shea butter; we can use these three moisturizers in preparing food, so we can definitely apply them on our skin. The best thing about them is that we can soak our skin with them at night and wake up to a beautiful silky skin; however, it is recommended to wear a cotton (towel fabric) headband to prevent our hair from getting greasy unless we are planning to wash our hair the next morning. In that case, we could also apply them on the hair. Shea butter is yellow, so use white pillowcases to avoid staining colorful pillowcases. Despite the fact that they could be messy, you know that you are applying 100% natural product with no side effect. I personally alternate between the three, and I particularly love using Shea butter as it tends to be less greasy than coconut and olive oil. If you prefer using a non-natural moisturizer, research its ingredients and ensure that it's appropriate for your skin type and concerns.