Where nighttime skincare products are concerned, options abound. From eye cream to Vitamin-C serum to toners and primers, the choices are enough to make anyone's head spin. Are you interested in products to improve your skin but unsure how and in what order to apply them? If so, fret not. Read on to learn how to utilize your skincare products in a sequence that will maximize their benefits and leave you waking up daily with healthy, glowing skin.
Nighttime is your skin's opportunity to repair and renew. As such, start your night routine with a clean canvas by washing your skin regularly with a gentle facial cleanser. Use a product that rids your skin of daily impurities such as dirt, makeup, oils, and environmental pollutants.
Additionally, double cleansing is a new and effective practice to incorporate once or twice a week. It involves first washing with an oil-based cleanser to dissolve makeup and dirt. After gently wiping away the soap with a damp washcloth, follow up by washing your face with your regular cleanser. This method is an excellent way to prime your skin for the products that follow.
In the past, toners carried a somewhat of a bad reputation. Dermatologists would often not recommend them to their patients with sensitive skin, as at the time, they tended to be harsh and irritating. Luckily, products today are much less abrasive and much more effective than they were in the past. Now, you can find a myriad of products to suit sensitive, dry, oily skin, or anything in between.
Toners, also referred to as essences or boosters, serve as a delivery system for products into the skin's surface. They allow serums and moisturizers to penetrate the skin more effectively than they would alone. Further, toners restore the skin's pH balance if it alters as a result of harsh cleansers.
If your toner comes in a spray bottle, mist your damp face lightly and evenly. If your toner or essence is in liquid form, pour a dime-sized amount on your palm, rub your hands together, and gently press the liquid into your pores.
Often, dermatologists will prescribe several toners or boosters to be applied nightly. In this case, always use the thinnest product first, and work up to the heavier, thicker serum. Allow each layer of toner to dry before moving on to the next step.
3. Eye Cream
The skin surrounding the eyes is some of the most delicate, sensitive skin on the human body. Therefore, always treat it carefully and gently to avoid damage that could lead to premature wrinkles, discoloration, or thinning skin.
The main functions of eye cream are to protect the delicate skin around the eyes and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Dermatologists suggest introducing eye cream to your skincare routine when you reach the age of 20. The goal is to help maintain eyelid thickness and health as you age. Further, this miracle cream acts as a barrier from your harsher, preventing your harsher, more potent products from damaging the skin around your eyes.
That said, apply your eye cream directly following your toner application. Use your ring finger to lightly dab the salve under your eyes and on top of your eyelids. Don't forget to apply the cream to your crow's feet and carefully pat it into the inner corners of your eyes as well.
Where eye cream is concerned, consistency is essential. Effects do not appear overnight, and doctors recommend twice-a-day applications for the quickest, most effective results. Further, consider using an eye cream containing SPF during the day to protect the fragile skin from the sun's harsh rays.