When it comes to beauty sleep, I think we generally fall into two categories; those who have managed 8 hours of sleep a night and those who haven’t. For the ones who haven’t, they consequently have to do a darn good job faking it.
So, why does this happen? Simply put, sleep is an essential component to an effective skin care regimen, a time when our skin heals and repairs itself. Therefore, if you’re not getting enough sleep, your skin may start to suffer.
If you need help utilizing the small number of hours you do get or you want to ensure you are stretching your 8 hours as far as they can go, you need the right tools. There are specific night time products that can work in harmony with your skin’s renewal process. More than not, these products will be heavier and thicker consistencies. For this reason, washing your face in the morning is equally as important as washing it at night – you need to remove these heavy products or your skin may become congested.
First, I always recommend using a serum. Facial serums are used to address specific problems such as wrinkles, aging and brightness. Apply a few drops to clean skin and using your hands press the serum into your skin.
There are many different serums that target different skin problems you may have such as redness, anti-aging, etc. It's important that you find something to suit your skin type and needs. Like any other skin product, 'one size does not fit all'. One of my favorite serums is the Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum. This is great for those with dry skin. During the summer months, I only apply this to my cheeks and forehead and then throughout the winter, I apply it to my full face. It runs roughly $65 at Sephora stores. Yes, this is a little pricey, but it's worth it (to me at least) to take care of your skin in the long run. If you prefer something a little less pricey, you could always go with something from Olay.
2. Add The PrimerEspecially in the colder months, you want to follow step one with a layer of oil for added hydration. Plus, you will wake up with beautiful and plump skin.
When it comes to oils, I have to admit it has been something that has scared me for years. I have combination skin that tends to lean towards the oily side during the hotter months. I have tried an argan oil from Josie Maran once, but that was it. Just like serums, different oils do different things for your skin as well. Tea Tree oil is said to be great for those with acne prone skin. Studies have shown that 5% Tea Tree oil is just as effective as 5% Benzoyl Peroxide when it comes to treating acne and is much gentler than other acne treatments. Grapeseed oil is good for those with oily skin and if it's anti-aging properties you want, then reach for argan oil.
3. Don’t Forget To Moisturize!Lastly, simply apply a moisturizer. My advice is to opt for a comforting and hydrating formula. I like to see it as a blanket; keeping in the goodness of the serum and oil.
For regular moisturizers, I love Olay. I have been using the Olay Daily Moisturizer for a while now and it remains my favorite. It has SPF in it so there is no need to add an additional sunscreen when you wear it during the day. They have a nighttime version of the Olay Daily Moisturizer, but I opt to use the same one day and night.
4. Last But Not Least - Give Your Eyes Some LoveDon’t forget an eye cream! Try to use a powerful wrinkle reducing formula. Make sure you always use a very tiny amount; overloading the skin around your eyes with too much of a heavy product can cause puffiness and sometimes breakouts.
Eye specific creams are still new to me, I got my first one for Christmas out of a free gift with purchase deluxe sample bag from Ulta. It is the Vichy's Anti aging cream. It's nice and thick and honestly, I love it. When I looked up the price of a full tub, it runs about $50 for something roughly three times the size of the deluxe sample that I received. However, for that price,I feel like it would be worth it because I still haven't used even half of my sample tub for something I use nearly every night. Another eye cream that I adore is the Benefit It's Potent Eye cream. It really brightens up your eye area from any dark circles overnight. I received a bunch of minis and samples of that one and it really is an awesome product.
On days when you have little to no time or just want to fall into bed, try an overnight facial. Now this doesn’t mean you have to lie still with your face up to ensure you don’t cover your pillow in product. You can use facial creams that are highly concentrated and you use like a serum or moisturizer for a powerful whack of goodness.
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