Skin care practices will differ from day to night, mornings are focused on waking up and protecting the skin from our external environments while evenings and sleep assist in rejuvenating and repairing the skin. Skin health is also directly effected by our sleeping habits, as their are many cellular transformations occurring throughout the body while we sleep. We must prepare and nourish the skin before we sleep for optimal skin repair. Take a look at Morning Skincare to help fine tune your a.m. practices and continue reading below to learn how to get the most out of your evening rituals.
Sleep. We release Human Growth Hormone while we sleep, which helps us grow when we are young, increase muscle mass, thicken skin and strengthen bones as we age. Sleep debt will cause a lack of this skin rejuvenating hormone and can also trigger inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. Skin is rebuilding and renewing while we are at rest so it is vital to go to bed with a cleansed and nourished complexion.
Cleanse. Night time cleansing should gently remove make-up and wash away the days impurities without disrupting the skin barrier.
Treat. Exfoliate. Mask. Evening rituals are the ideal time to use any botanically active cleansers, scrubs, masks and serums, as skin has ample time to rest, repair, receive nourishment and avoid exposure to outdoor elements after use. Reserve a couple nights a week to treat your skin to whatever it may be intuitively asking you for.
Oily or congested; Opt for a clay based masque.
Dry skin; Try a hydrating balm mask.
Red or inflamed; Soothe and calm with botanicals such as chamomile, calendula and helichrysm.
Tone. Hydrate. Hydrating facial toners are an essential step for optimal skin health, hydration and product absorption. A hydrating facial toner supports skin's water factor/hydration component, which differs from facial oils and serums, which support skins moisture/oil component. Mist your facial toner over cleansed skin before serum application; skin must be hydrated first in order to retain moisture.
Another option is to spritz toner onto organic cotton and swipe over complexion using upward and outward strokes. This hydrates and preps while removing any cleanser or make-up residue (more for night time concerns) that can leave skin feeling heavy and disrupt absorption of serums.
Eye Cream. The skin around our eyes is the most delicate skin on our bodies and battles the wear and tear of the environment and make-up products daily. Our eyes are a large reflection of internal health and are usually one of the first areas to show signs of aging. A healthy eye serum/cream will help support hydration and nourish delicate eye area, a key component in addressing any concerns in the area. Apply eye treatmeants with ring finger, dab lightly to spread and gently massage in, assisting in both lymphatic drainage and product absorption around delicate eye area.
Serum. Moisturize. Apply your facial serum or oil to cleansed, hydrated skin after toning and gently press onto skin and massage in lightly with upward and outward circular motions. Taking the time to lightly massage products into your skin will support micro-circulation throughout complexion and allow for deeper penetration of active ingredients. While p.m. rituals are sometimes thought of as a time to heavily moisturize the skin, it is imperative to let complexions "breath" during sleep, as the skin is a pathway the body uses to release metabolic impurities from the digestive process through your many tiny dermal pores during rest. If dry skin is a major concern, be sure you are thoroughly hydrating skin with your toner before applying your serum, followed by a non-comedogenic balm or moisturizer if needed.
Most important, stay consistent.
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