Give your skin a nightly boost for luminous natural beauty
A winning facial routine is designed to repair skin damage from pollution, sun and stress during your day; and to revitalise and hydrate your skin. It will also combat moisture loss while you sleep and support overall skin health. A good night time skincare routine is especially important because new skin cells grow fastest while you are sleeping.
Star night time skincare ingredients
For visible skin rejuvenation, look for skincare products that contain antioxidants, retinoids, peptides, Vitamin C and Vitamin A to help repair the actual cells in your skin. Why?
- Antioxidants – combat the damage caused by free radicals in the environment on our skin, repair skin cell structure for plumper skin and reduced lines, repair sun damage and reduce inflammation
- Retinoids – prevent enzymes from causing collagen loss, minimise wrinkles and fine lines by increasing cell turnover, acts as an antioxidant to combat free radicals
- Vitamin C – helps collagen production, acts as antioxidant to inhibit oxidation, can help to repair UV damage and repair scars and acne damage
- Vitamin A – boosts collagen and elastin in skin cells, heals skin by repairing skin cell structure, reduces scarring and pigmentation and increases blood flow for healthy skin
- Peptides – boost collagen and elastin production
- Hyaluronic acid – these incredible bio molecules can absorb 100x their own weight in water and help the absorption of skincare actives
Beware of moisturisers which are mostly water and don’t contain any skincare actives – they simply focus on making your cells absorb water for an hour or two, without providing any lasting effect. All skincare and skin treatments should be noncomedogenic – that is a fancy way to say ‘won’t clog your pores’.
Oh Natural’s recommended evening skincare routine
Essential first step: Remove your makeup
No matter how gorgeous and natural your makeup is, it still needs to be thoroughly cleaned off, so no impurities remain on your skin overnight. If you work in the city there will be tiny particles of pollutants on your skin also. Use a makeup remover
A cleansing skincare ritual
A skin cleanser is essential to help ensure skin is completely clean and ready to absorb all the delicious skincare actives that come next. Apply your cleanser in gentle circles, going especially lightly on the delicate skin around the eye area. Rinse with cold or luke-warm water, as hot water strips essential oils from your skin. To dry your face use a very clean cloth and pat the skin rather than rubbing. Leave the skin very slightly damp to help absorbtion of the skincare that comes next.
Apply the super actives: Serums and facial oils
A serum or facial oil is a great way to deliver effective anti-aging skin repairing cell plumping skincare actives right into your skin while it is clean and ready to absorb the magical ingredients. If you are under thirty you may feel confident skipping this step – but for those of us whose skin is feeling the effects of time, serums and facial oils can make a dramatic difference. Apply your serum or oil gently and wait one minute before the next step.
Moisturisers do the most repair work at night, and have special effectiveness in winter while the cold air is more drying on the skin. Your daily moisturiser should contain sunblock, but your night moisturiser should be rich and nourishing to give your skin some serious TLC.
Nourish the eye area
Eye creams formulated with caffeine, which reduces puffiness, and niacinamide, which increases moisture levels, keep skin from drying out and stave off wrinkles.
We love the 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream
Once or twice a week: Exfoliation and face masks
About once a week it’s a good idea to use a gentle exfoliation product to give your skin a gentle buff.
Spoil yourself with a soothing facemask, which will open pores so the active ingredients in the mask can penetrate and easily absorb into the skin. Even the relaxing time waiting for the fragrant mask to do its magic is good for our stress levels, which helps our skin’s health – it’s a win-win!
Possibly the best thing you can do for your skin
Sleep. That magical word. Do your best to get enough sleep and your skin will love you for it.
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