We’ve all heard the age-old adage “get your beauty sleep,” but most people don’t realize just how crucial catching Z’s is to achieving a healthy, beautiful complexion.
Your skin doesn’t just sit there as you snore; on the contrary, it’s uber-productive, renewing and repairing skin cells at a speed much swifter than that of the waking hours. Freed from its daytime duties of fending off aggressors such as UV exposure and pollutants, it can focus on providing essential nutrients and oxygen to the skin, removing toxins and regenerating cells at a record pace.
But just because your skin shows superhero-like stamina while you sleep, that doesn’t mean you’re cleared from a nighttime skincare regimen. In fact, your before-bed ritual becomes even more important because of skin’s nocturnal abilities.
Make the most of your eight hours by bringing these skincare tips to bed every night:
Never fall asleep with your “face” on. Your skin shouldn’t have to be “on guard” while you sleep. If you choose to snooze in full makeup, that’s exactly what it will have to do, as free radicals from daytime exposure will cling to unclean skin. The result? A breakdown of collagen (hello wrinkles and premature aging), not to mention bacteria-clogged pores (hello breakouts). And yes, even mascara counts. Lashes can become brittle and fall out if you repeatedly sleep with makeup on, so rely on Control Corrective’s Soothing Chamomile Eye Makeup Remover to ensure a completely clean slate.
Turn up product intensity before your turn down. Since nighttime is where the magic happens for your skin, now is the time to get the most out of your skincare products. Turn to your intensive lineup, such as anti-aging serums, hydrating oils and acne-fighting creams, since they have skin’s undivided attention and the best chance of performing, well – their best. These products are also typically sun-sensitive, due to ingredients like Retinol and AHAs, so the dark sleeping hours are when they can shine.
Differentiate from your a.m. routine with beneficial add-ons. While daytime and nighttime skincare regimens can be similar – both typically incorporate cleansing, toning and moisturizing components based on skin type (see recommended skincare regimens by skin type here) – you get to skip the SPF step at night, leaving room for some beneficial add-ons. Try incorporating your favorite Control Corrective mask twice a week and/or a serum. The Sulfur Calming Mask also works great as an overnight spot treatment, and Retinol C Serum helps support the cell growth process during sleep while also keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay. And unless you have oily skin, feel free to swap out your daytime moisturizer for a thicker, more luxurious night cream, such as our Anti-Wrinkle Face & Neck Cream.
Wash when you wake. After following a healthy p.m. skincare regimen, your skin will likely wake up feeling fresh and renewed. However, all the reparative work skin put in in the last eight hours will have left behind secreted toxins and sebum (oil). This can prevent your daytime products from working effectively, so be sure to start each day with a freshly washed face.
Skincare. Sleep. Skincare. Repeat.
What skincare products do you add to your regimen at night?