I will spare you the menial details of showering, having some toast and a cup of tea (like a true Northerner), and the time at which I go to bed, by which I mean if I got to bed… I’m a student after all.
Night time, as you sleep, is the most important time period for you skin. It is a time for rejuvenation and repair. Think about it: as you sleep, your body can use the energy that it no longer needs for digestion and movement, to heal and reenergise your organs, the biggest of which is the skin.
I am slightly biased, obviously, but if your skin is the largest organ in the human body, and the one which protects all the internal ones, isn’t it best to show it the upmost respect? For in doing so you respect the heart and lungs; and hunny I’m no genius, but we need them.
I like to exfoliate my face three times per week. Exfoliating removes the dead skin from the surface of the skin, allowing the rest of your routine to sink in and repair the healthier, upcoming skin. Is there a point in moisturising skin that is about to shed? I think not. I’d rather get value for money and hydrate skin that is going to be around for a bit. Another benefit of exfoliation is that you reduce the appearance of blackheads and the likelihood of breakouts. I use Pai Kakui & Jojoba exfoliator for this. It truly is a gift from God.
If I am having a bath, I will do a face mask. My regular these days is the Pixi Glow Mud Mask. It has a high concentration of glycolic acid, which assists the exfoliation process, breaking down bonds between molecules of skin. I only do this once a week, of course, because over exfoliation is bad. It comes back to the Golden Rule of ‘everything in moderation’. I have seen a noticeable difference in the luminosity of my skin since using the mask, so it must be potent.
Before bed I like to use rosehip oil by Pai. I don’t know why, but I like the idea of strong, reparative oils sinking into my skin as I sleep. This oil has amazing reviews and I can see why. I would urge you to try this out for yourself. The only downside is that the smell is quite overwhelming so put it on a while before you attempt to sleep. You grow accustomed to it after a few uses nonetheless.
Don’t be shy, give it a try.
The last and arguably most important step is the night cream. I have tried many over the years but I am quite happy sticking with Antipodes Avocado Pear night cream for the near future. It has some pretty large claims of a 92% increase in collagen production. It is nourishing and my skin feels so soft the next day: perfect for makeup application, as you reduce the chance of your makeup clinging to dry patches.
Now this is all very magical, providing you can stick to two rules:
- You adhere to the schedule and never waver from it.
- You get at least 8 hours sleep to give the products a chance to work.
I stumbled upon a mystical spray called Deep Sleep Pillow Spray by This Works. It is proven to improve sleep quality by inducing states of deeper relaxation. Sounded like garbage when I first read it but, in the spirit of a true blogger, I thought I’d give it a try.
Slept like a baby.
I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.
I appreciate that this might be a placebo effect. Do I care? No. I don’t care how it works; just that it does.
And it works pretty well at that.
I really cannot stress the importance of getting a night-time routine that is doable and affordable.
Try get the best products in your budget and really do not go to bed until you’ve used them. Glycolic acid won’t do nothing sitting in a bottle in your drawer, next to your cleanser.
All the products I have mentioned, as per usual, can be purchased at https://www.lookfantastic.com/