Not only will building an effective PM regimen help you relax and collect your thoughts after a hectic day, it will also be incredibly beneficial for your complexion. Check out these 9 tips for your perfect evening skincare routine.
Do a Double Cleanse
During the day, our pores pick up more dirt and grime than you might think. Between air pollution, excess sebum and makeup buildup, it might feel as if your poor skin is on the verge of suffocating by the time to you get to your nighttime routine.
And when your face is clogged up with all this gunk, then your run-of-the-mill face wash simply won’t cut it anymore.
This is why you might want to try out the technique of double cleansing next time you begin your PM regimen.
The idea behind this two-step cleansing method is to start with a heavier product to remove makeup and break down dirt, while the second cleanser should remove any residual product and give your pores a squeaky-clean feeling.
For the first step, something like cleansing balms or oils will be perfect for wiping the first layer of sebum and makeup while keeping your natural moisture intact.
If your skin is on the oiler side, don’t be intimidated by thicker consistencies, since these products are designed to wipe away all the pollutants without stripping your skin off its natural moisture or further clogging up your pores.
The second cleanser will largely depend on your skin type. And if you’re not really sure what that means in practical terms, here are a couple of pointers:
- Oily skin types will benefit from foam or water-based face washes
- Dry and dehydrated skin should go for milkier, gel-like formulas
- Sensitive and irritation-prone skin should avoid any product that contain fragrance, artificial coloring or parabens
Once you’ve finished cleansing, you can move straight into your hydrating routine or do a bit of exfoliation first.
Spend More Time Exfoliating
Even if you do take good care of your skin, exfoliating is something that a lot of us forget to do on a regular basis.
And while it could be argued that this step isn’t as crucial as, say, moisturizing, regular exfoliation can have numerous benefits on your complexion, including:
- Brighter, more even skin tone
- Less flakiness and rough patches
- Diminished breakouts and clearer skin
- Reduced areas of hyperpigmentation, such as sun damage and acne scars
- The rest of your skin care becomes more effective
- Creates a better base for makeup
There days, exfoliators come in all kinds of formulations and packaging.
Especially popular are the exfoliating acids, such as AHAs and BHAs, which have the power to remove dead, damaged layers without physically ripping your skin.
Of course, you can still opt for the more traditional face scrubs, although they should be used with caution, as any harsh astringents can cause tears in the skin and contribute to even more damage.
And if you’re looking for the most convenient option, you can always go for exfoliating pads, cotton rounds that have been pre-soaked in product infused with skin-boosting ingredients. Simply take one out of its packaging and swipe it across your face before you move onto moisturizing products.
How often you exfoliate will largely depend on your skin type. Generally, it is recommended to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week.
Layer Your Skin Care
If you are into learning about new beauty techniques and trends, then you’ve probably heard of the famed Korean 10-step skin care routine. The idea behind this method, which includes stacking cosmetic products of varying consistency on top of each other, has been hailed as the newest skin lifesaver.
Of course, you don’t have to go for the full extravagance of the die-hard K-beauty followers; still, your PM routine could benefit from implementing a few simple rules taken from this technique.
For example, if you feel like your skin isn’t getting sufficient amount of hydration from your regular moisturizer, perhaps you can try adding one or two additional hydrating formulas into your regimen.
The first one, which can be applied right after your tone, is essence – a watery skin care product whose role is to provide the first bout of nutrients to your cells and prep the canvas for extra hydration.
If you feel like that’s not enough, you can elevate your moisturizing game by incorporating a serum or an ampoule as a prepping step before your face cream.
Slap On a Sheet Mask
Sometimes it may seem like, no matter how much time you spend applying all those serums, essences and moisturizer, your skin somehow never feels hydrated enough. This can especially be the case if you live in notably arid or cold climates.
However, you shouldn’t despair: from time to time, your skin just needs an extra hand to becomes its glowing, supple self.
And there is no better product to kick-start your complexion than a refreshing sheet mask, a cosmetic innovation designed to supply your cells with all those rich, nourishing components and keep them firmly locked in.
Other than being supremely hydrating, sheet masks can also address a host of other beauty concerns, such as redness, aging signs, dull complexion, etc.
Even though they might seem a little daunting for first-time users, their application is actually super easy: just take it out of the packaging, unfold it, and place it on your face so the openings align with your eyes and mouth. Leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes; you can use the excess product from the packaging to lather on your hands, neck and chest.
After you’re done, remove it and pat the residual formula into your skin – no rinse necessary.
You can leave your skin as is or add a layer of moisturizer on top for an extra dose of hydration.
Go for a Richer Moisturizer
While you snooze the night away, your skin uses this time to regenerate and repair from the previous day. And you can certainly help it in that endeavor by supplying it with nourishing ingredients that will accelerate these processes and help you wake up with a clear, supple complexion.
That’s why evening skin care is the ideal time to feed your cells with products that might be too rich or impractical for daytime use. And this is especially the case for moisturizes which, when too thick, can cause pores to clog up or disrupt the way your makeup looks.
Luckily, at nighttime you don’t have to worry about any of these things, so don’t hesitate to go for a thicker, more nourishing formula.
This way, your cells will be even better equipped to fight off all the external baddies that your skin gets exposed to during the day.
And if you are looking for moisturizers that work extra hard during the night shift, look for formulas enriched with these goodies:
- Hyaluronic acid
- Vitamin E
Due to their intense reparative properties, these components will supercharge your cells and make your skin look fresh and healthy when you get out of bed.
Treat Your Eyes
When your skin isn’t getting enough rest, the first place you’ll begin to notice the signs of sleep deprivation will be in the under-eye area.
Other than getting a sufficient amount of zzz’s, you can also help diminish dark circles by replenishing your under-eye area with a nourishing cream before you head to bed.
Not only will this make you look more well-rested in the morning, it will help stave off any signs of premature aging, such as fine lines, saggy skin and discoloration.
If you want to maximize on the benefits of your eye cream, try looking for formulas enriched with brightening and cooling ingredients, such as:
- Caffeine (helps eyes look more awake)
- Co-enzyme Q10 (firming effect)
- Cucumber extract (reduces puffiness)
- Hyaluronic acid (plumps up the skin around the eyes)
If you want to truly pamper your peepers, invest in a pair of nourishing eye patches, which you can slap on your under-eye area and let work their magic while you’re getting ready for bed.
Have a Mini Facial
If your schedule is packed from the early hours of the morning, chances are you don’t have the luxury of dedicating a lot of time to your skin in the AM.
You can redress this during in the PM, and try to give your complexion all the TLC it needs.
And what better way to do this then with a relaxing massage, that will not only help you unwind after a busy day of running errands, it will also make your skin look radiant and more awake the morning after.
It doesn’t take a lot of time and effort to show your skin some lovin’ – all you need is a good base product and a couple of massaging techniques.
As for the former, opt for a nourishing formula that will lubricate your skin so that you can avoid any unwanted pulling or tugging.
Cleansing oils or balms can be especially useful for this purpose.
Take a quarter-size amount of product and warm it up between your fingers so you don’t shock the skin.
Start applying it on your face in circular motions, pushing the skin upwards. You can spend as little or as much as you like on your face massage – even a minute or two a day can have a transformative effect on your complexion.
Hydrate Your Lips
Even when we are diligent about our skin care, it’s easy to forget about the lips – even though they are just as prone to damage and dehydration as the rest of our face.
That’s why your evening beauty regimen gives you the ideal opportunity to focus on your pout and make it look plump and juicy in the AM.
When it comes to your lips, the first thing you need to do is get rid of all the signs of damage, such as flakiness and chapped texture.
Luckily, you don’t need any fancy cosmetic products for this – a simple homemade concoction will do just as well.
For a more intense repair, you can always coat your pout with a lip mask and leave it to work its magic overnight.
Fix Cracked Skin on Your Hands
When you’re dedicating all your attention to your precious visage, it might be easy to forget that your mitts need restoring, too. Being one of the most exposed areas on our body, our hands are vulnerable to all sorts of outside harm, including sun, harsh weather, over-washing and other external factors.
Since sleep is the only time when you don’t actively use your hands, this provides a perfect opportunity to repair all the roughness and damage your hands might be experiencing.
Doing this is easy as peas: all you need is a gentle scrub and a nourishing hand cream.
Once you’re completely finished with your skin care, slather your mitts with a reparative moisturizer and you are bound to wake up with smooth, buttery soft skin in the AM.
And that’s it – all the advice you need for whipping up a though-out skin care routine that will replenish your complexion and relax your mind. Play your cards right, and your skin will look radiant, well-rested and ready to tackle whatever the day has in store for you.