10 Nighttime Skin Care Tips from Renée Rouleau

Updated 11/12/14. Here’s 10 effective tips for bedtime to keep your skin looking young and rested when you wake in the morning.

Tip #1: Cleanse your skin nightly – Touching your face all day long, without intentionally doing so, is making your face one of the dirtiest parts on your body. It’s important to clean the skin at nighttime to avoid the spread of acne bacteria that can cause increased blemishes. In addition, your skin repairs itself at night, so removing makeup gives your skin a clean palette for applying your night time performance products for maximum absorption. According to our recent poll, 47% of those surveyed said they did not wash their skin every night. I certainly understand the discipline and effort it requires to perform your nighttime skin care routine, especially when you’re exhausted. But, you really must do it.

Tip #2: Wash your skin earlier in the evening – Too tired to wash your skin at night? Perform your nighttime skin routine at 7:00 or 8:00. Earlier is better than never.

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Tip #3: Always use moisturizer at night – Some people avoid using night cream to let their skin “breathe.” This couldn’t be farther from the truth simply because the skin doesn’t have a respiratory system. Avoiding night cream offers no positive skin benefit. In fact, when your skin is bare, the moisture evaporates right out of your skin resulting in dry skin cell build up making the skin look dull and tired. It’s really 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 therefore allowing the action ingredients of a moisturizer to absorb deeper within the skin.

Read: What Exactly is a Night Cream?

Tip #4: Use products with performance ingredients – During the day your skin requires environmental-protecting ingredients but at night when your skin is regenerating, look for repair, exfoliating and anti-inflammatory ingredients.

-Repair ingredients like retinol, Red Marine Algae and Snap-8 to encourage collagen activity.
-Exfoliation with ingredients like glycolic and lactic acid to stimulate new, healthy skin cell growth while removing surface dry skin cells. Skin rejuvenation is all about “out with the old, in with the new.”
-Soothing ingredients like White Tea Extract and Bisabolol to provide anti-inflammatory relief.

Tip #5: Change your pillowcases frequently – Why? Bacteria and oil may get reintroduced into the skin when you sleep so it’s always suggested for acne-prone skin to have a fresh, clean pillowcase to sleep on.

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. Or better yet, try Renée Rouleau Facial Sponges.

Tip #7: Avoid applying eye cream too close
– It’s important to avoid applying eye cream too close to the lash line as the product will actually end up in your eyes, picked up by your eyelashes. Every time you blink the hairs will lift microscopic amounts of product and it can eventually deposit into your eyes.  Anything that enters the eyes can be an obvious irritant and cause unnecessary puffiness. Here’s my recommendations for well-formulated eye creams.

Read: Where Exactly Should I Apply Eye Cream?

Tip #8: Sleep with your head elevated – Keep your head elevated by sleeping on two pillows at night 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: Avoid using greasy hand creams
-You may suffer from a condition I call ‘hand cream acne’ if you sleep with your hands on your face at night. Most people are more likely to use hand cream during the dry winter months. Most often this cream is applied right before you go to bed. So, if you sleep on your side with your hands on your face, the cream may be getting into the skin and clogging the pores. If you find that this may be happening to you, sleep with cotton gloves.

Tip #10: Get your beauty sleep – There is no doubt that getting enough sleep every night can offer many skin benefits. Sleep can reduce dark circles because a lack of sleep compromises your body’s circulatory system and you get stagnant blood in the vessels under the eyes because it hasn’t properly drained. Lack of sleep also causes the skin to look pale and tired because the circulation has been impaired. In addition, it’s important to get a good night’s sleep because sleep deprivation also causes stress, which 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 so be sure to tend to your skin—the right way—every single night.

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