lazy busy person, because a lot is going through during the day, he or she sometimes ends up just washing his or her face before heading to sleep. But little do we know, washing alone is not enough. We need to thoroughly remove any dirt buildup acquired throughout the day. We also need to nourish our skin in order to help repair itself overnight. That is why I have to extend my patience in dealing with my face at night.
I am a fan of Korean skin care, but they have a 10 to 17-step process. Since I don’t really have the time to do a very long one, I’ve shortened it. Only enough to address my skin’s concerns.
I am going to share what I usually do to my face before I go to sleep.
- Removing of makeup
- If I am too tired to do this, I only use makeup removing wipes. Most of the time, I use oil cleansers. I have an oily skin and I had doubts about applying oil on my face. The first time I did it, my skin didn’t break out and it felt softer. Removing make up is really important because dirt and makeup contain stuff that are harmful to the skin. Not to mention, they also speed up skin aging.
- To exfoliate and get rid of dead skin.
- I only do this twice a month, since frequent scrubbing can irritate the skin. It also makes the skin produce more oil because scrubbing tends to dry the skin.
- Never ever use an alcohol-based toner (astringents). The purpose of toner is to hydrate the skin and to prepare it to receive additional nutrients. It also neutralizes your skin’s pH level. Get a good one that doesn’t contain alcohol. Your skin will definitely thank you.
- Things I use in this step would vary (serums, emulsions, ampoules, essences, sheet masks,sleeping masks, oils, etc). There are a lot actually, but what you need to remember is that the thicker ones go last. You don’t have to use them all. Just pick those that will address your skin care problems. For me, I choose the ones that are anti-aging and brightening.
- Personally, sheet masks are my favorites. They tend to force all the ingredients into your skin. I let a sheet stay on my face for 15-20 mins. Every time I wake up, my skin feels softer. I use sheet masks twice a week (I used to do it every night but it’s too expensive).
- Using of eye products
- The skin around the eyes is sensitive. Therefore, it needs extra care. To address this, I use eye gels or eye patches. Most of the ones I tried have a cooling effect and made my eyes relax.
When I am dead tired, I always have one of these kept somewhere and it only takes 3 steps:
A friend introduced this to me when she went to South Korea.
How about you? What are your night time rituals? Let me know and comment below.