10 Nighttime Skin Care Tips from Renée Rouleau


Updated 8/12/17. Beauty sleep. Your body needs it and so does your skin. Here are 10 effective tips for bedtime to help your skin look fresh and rested when you wake in the morning.

Tip #1: Cleanse your skin nightly.– Did you know that touching your face all day long, without intentionally doing so, makes your face one of the dirtiest parts of your body? It sounds like a no-brainer, but according to our recent poll, 47% of those surveyed said they did not wash their face every night. It’s so important to clean the skin to avoid the spread of acne bacteria that can increase breakouts. In addition, your skin repairs itself once the day turns from light to dark. Removing makeup gives your skin a clean palette for applying your night time performance products. I certainly understand the discipline and effort it takes to perform your nighttime skin care routine diligently, especially when you’re exhausted. But, you really must do it. This is skincare 101.

Tip #2: Wash your skin earlier in the evening. Too tired to wash your skin at night? Try performing your nighttime skin routine earlier in the evening, instead of waiting until right before you go to bed. As mentioned above and below in this YouTube video, research shows that the natural repair processes of the skin happen when the sun goes down. For the best beauty sleep, apply your nighttime products earlier rather than later.

Tip #3: Never skip moisturizer at night. Some people avoid using a night cream to let their skin “breathe” while they sleep. This is a false assumption because the skin doesn’t have a respiratory system–there is no overnight “breathing” happening! Avoiding night cream does not benefit the skin. In fact, when your face is bare, the skin’s moisture evaporates more, resulting in dry skin cell build up. This then makes the skin look dull and tired. It’s important to use a moisturizer (one suited for your skin type) because at night when your skin is at rest, the skin’s permeability is at its highest. This allows the active ingredients of a moisturizer to absorb even deeper into the skin and prevents any natural moisture evaporation processes.

Tip #4: Use products with performance ingredients.  During the day your skin requires ingredients that protect it from the environment like vitamin C and sunscreen. At night when your skin is regenerating, you should use products geared towards repair, exfoliation, and anti-inflammation. Firm + Repair Overnight Serum is loaded with all the best ingredients that your skin needs for optimal nighttime restoration and skin firming. If you’re looking to smooth the skin and make pore size, fine lines and crepiness less noticeable over time, then using a well-formulated retinol serum is the way to go. For quick surface smoothing, exfoliating acid serums are best.

Tip #5: Change your pillowcases frequently.  Why? Bacteria and oil may be reintroduced to the skin when you sleep. Especially for people with acne-prone skin, it’s best to sleep on a fresh, clean pillow case (each night, if possible).

Tip # 6: Use baby wash cloths instead of regular wash cloths.  Even if your skin is not sensitive, it’s always a good idea to treat it gently. Regular wash cloths can be too aggressive, so instead, opt for gentler baby wash cloths.

Tip #7: Avoid applying eye cream too close.  It’s important to avoid applying eye cream too close to the lash line because it can actually eventually end up in your eyes. Every time you blink, your eyelash hairs can lift microscopic amounts of product off the skin. This product is later deposited into the eyes. Anything that enters the eyes can be an obvious irritant and cause unnecessary puffiness. Watch this video: How to Apply Eye Cream The Right Way. I recommend Total Eye Repair Creme, as it contains all the ingredients that your delicate under-eye area needs. It’s really an incredible formula.

Tip #8: Sleep with your head elevated. Keep your head elevated by sleeping on two pillows to reduce under eye puffiness. This helps to reduce fluid retention in the eye area so you’re less puffy in the morning.

Tip #9: If you’re prone to clogged pores and bumps, avoid using greasy hand creams. If you sleep with your hands on your face at night, you may suffer from a condition I call “hand cream acne.” Most people apply hand cream right before bed. So if you sleep on your side with your hands on your face, the cream can get into the skin and clog pores. If you find that this is the case, avoid breakouts by sleeping with cotton gloves.

Tip #10: Get your beauty sleep. There is no doubt that getting enough sleep every night offers many skin benefits. Most noticeably, sleep can reduce dark circles. A lack of sleep compromises your body’s circulatory system, which can prevent blood in the vessels under the eyes from draining properly. The stagnant blood results in a darkened appearance under the eyes. Lack of sleep also causes the skin to look pale and tired because circulation has been impaired. Finally, it’s important to get a good night’s sleep because sleep deprivation also causes stress. Stress can aggravate all skin conditions, including acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Bottom line: when you’re tired, you look it!

As you can see, there is a lot to consider at night when it comes to keeping your skin looking beautiful. Be sure to tend to your skin—the right way—every single night.

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