When you wake up in the morning, you don’t always have enough time to put yourself together. But by creating a nighttime beauty regimen, you can ensure that your face, hair, skin and nails are touched up and ready for the next day. Use the following 10-step beauty routine as a guide. You may want to follow all of the steps, or just some of the steps, depending on your preferences. For instance, if you prefer to get your nails done at a salon, you can skip step eight.
Step #1 – Cleanse Your Skin
This first step is probably the most important step in your nighttime beauty regimen. Cleansing removes dirt, makeup and oil from your skin as well as dead skin cells. Some people choose to wash their face in the morning, but it can be beneficial to do it at night since you’ll be removing all of the debris your skin has collected during the day. The skin also repairs and rebuilds itself at night, so cleansing it before bed can lead to healthier skin. Use a gentle skin cleanser that won’t dry out your skin by stripping away its natural oils.
Step #2 – Exfoliate
To make sure you’ve thoroughly eliminated all of the dead skin cells and to help your moisturizer do its job, you’ll need to exfoliate. But you don’t need to use special scrubs or loofahs to exfoliate; just use a good old-fashioned washcloth. A washcloth is gentle and won’t irritate your skin the way some facial scrubs can. And it can be used with your cleanser, to save time.
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Step #3 – Apply Toner
After you’ve cleansed and exfoliated, use a toner to remove any soap residue or excess debris that may be left behind. A toner will also restore your skin’s pH balance, which is important for maintaining your skin’s moisture level and protection from germs and pollutants. Be sure to choose a toner that is specifically designed for your skin type.
Step #4 – Use A Serum
Although some studies have shown that serums can’t really eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, they can help to prevent them. Choose a serum that contains lots of vitamins and antioxidants, such as vitamin C and green tea, which can nourish your skin and give it a radiant glow. If you tend to have oily skin or prefer to just stick with your moisturizer, you can skip this step.
Step #5 – Moisturize Dry Areas
Instead of using 50 different creams and lotions for different parts of your body, stick with one moisturizer that will hydrate all of the dry areas of your body. Look for a face cream that is filled with vitamins and minerals and don’t be afraid to dab it onto the other dry areas of your body.
Step #6 – Customize
If you have any blemishes, acne, puffiness or bags under your eyes that you want to treat, now is the time to do it. However, if you don’t have any special areas to treat, you can just move on to your hair.
Step #7 – Do Your Hair In Your Sleep
Sometimes blow-drying your hair takes way too long; so instead, let your hair dry itself overnight. Just squeeze out any excess water and apply a styling mousse to your hair. Section your hair, twirl each section, and then secure them on top of your hair. In the morning, your hair will be dried and curly. Just take down each section and shake your hair out.
Step #8 – Give Your Skin a Glow
If you want to give your skin a soft glow and a little bit of color, try a gradual self-tanner. You can event use it instead of regular lotion. Just apply the lotion to your skin, wash your hands afterward and watch your skin become tanner with each application.
Step #9 – Do Your Nails
The simplest way to do your nails before bedtime is by using nails polish strips. Just cut each strip to fit your nail, press it on and shape it. Nail polish strips come in a variety of colors and patterns and since they’re basically stickers, you won’t have to worry about waiting for them to dry.
Step #10 – Whiten Your Teeth
Who doesn’t want whiter teeth? But who has the time or the money to get them professionally whitened? Thankfully, whitening your teeth is as simple as switching to whitening toothpaste. You can also try using the 30-minute strips, which you can apply before starting your beauty regimen, or you can try using a five-minute touch-up kit, which can eliminate any stains that may have built up during the day.
Nighttime Beauty Tips
Here are some tips that can further improve your nighttime beauty regimen:
- Don’t use makeup remover – Unless you wear waterproof eye makeup, you can do away with the makeup remover. When you cleanse your skin, the makeup should wash away on its own.
- Don’t sleep on your face – Sleeping on your face creates a lack of circulation to the skin, which is squished into the pillow. This can lead to wrinkles, fine lines and creases, not to mention puffiness around the eyes, which is caused by the pooling of blood. If breaking the habit is just too hard, try sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase, which won’t compress the skin as much.
- Skip the Vaseline – Oftentimes people use Vaseline to hydrate their skin, but some people complain that it creates clogged pores and breakouts. If you have oily skin, skip the Vaseline as it will definitely create more problems for your skin. However, if you have very dry skin, a little bit of Vaseline can hydrate it quickly.
At first glance, this beauty regimen may seem like a chore, but the more you practice it and shape it to your own needs, the easier it will get. Plus, once you wake up ready to go, you won’t want to attempt a rushed beauty routine in the morning ever again.