No matter our age, the majority of us yearn for that baby-soft skin - and no thanks to the whole aging process we're forced to dream of keeping our younger, supple skin for as long as humanely possible.
Unfortunately (mostly for our wallets), it's difficult to keep that youthful glow without an efficient routine — and that routine consists of some tried and true products that contain a mixture of effective ingredients. Although sometimes pricey, skincare is the investment that is worth splurging on and can make a huge difference in our confidence and skin health. It's a must to avoid signs of aging, so you know we’re huge advocates on starting a daily regimen as soon as possible.
Most of us have a daytime routine, but whether you cleanse and prep as soon as you wake up or right before your make-up application, it is essential that you remove it completely and correctly in the evening. While we sleep, cells undergo major repair and growth, which means we need to prioritize a cleansing routine so bacteria does not get in the way of the skin renewal process. Now, I know you might be groaning internally at the thought of a dreaded routine after a long day at the office, but we’re here to share our secrets for a quick, yet effective skincare regimen. That’s right, say goodbye to 20 minute face masks before bed… Save those for a girls night in!
Step 1: Remove Makeup
This is an absolute must every night! We recommend a cleanser that does it all in one go. Skip the foam cleansers, followed by waterproof eye-makeup remover, followed by a cream cleanser — sometimes the first step seems to go on forever. Grab yourself a great balm like the Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm* from the brand Farmacy. Take the smallest amount onto your fingers and rub into your face. You’ll feel it melt away all your makeup instantly. After, simply wash off the product and your makeup with water. It’s easy, it doesn’t get gunky or oily and it won’t irritate your eyes. But it most definitely will remove every dirt particle on your face.
Step 2: Exfoliate
We recommend exfoliating your skin with the utmost kindness, which means no harsh bead exfoliators. Try the Treatment Enzyme Peel* from AMOREPACIFIC. It’s actually a powder that turns into a soft creamy lather with just a little bit of water, and it works wonders. It’s so important to remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin to even out texture and brighten dull skin. We have yet to find a more gentle exfoliator. It’s perfect!
Step 3: Prevent Moisture Loss
This step is simple but effective for drawing water to the skin and helping prevent moisture loss. It’s been working for us and it’s essential in keeping skin supple and contributing to our anti-aging goals. What is this miracle product? The highly coveted hyaluronic acid! We love The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5*. A little goes a long way and it takes about 3 seconds to slather on your face, where it instantly dries so you can move onto your next step.
Step 4: Peeling Serum
Another one from The Ordinary: this Retinol 0.5% in Squalene* is one of our favourites for keeping those pesky pimples out of sight and out of mind — for good! Retinol is one of those miracle products that works overnight. It’s like an oil; you rub it into your skin, focusing on your spots, acne scars, aging spots, and any other skin concern. In the morning your skin will peel slightly to remove the layer of “bad” skin, and eventually with regular use, all your problems will fade away. Literally. As this is a powerful serum, make sure to protect your face with a high SPF after you cleanse in the morning — it’ll be sensitive and more susceptible to burns.
Step 5: Lock it all in!
Five minutes later, you should be ready to hit the hay. Don’t forget to lock in all those steps with a great moisturizer! Give your skin the hydration it needs (yes, oily faces too!). It’s important for cell growth and skin repair to keep skin moisturized with something like the Origins Drink Up™ Intensive Overnight Mask*. Your skin can’t do its job of becoming the youngest and brightest its ever been if you don’t allow it to quench its thirst. This overnight cream is going to have you back here next week for more skincare tips. That is a promise.
Next time you’re lost in the skincare section of the beauty department, think about these practical steps. It isn’t necessary to buy 20 different products to get great results. When it comes to our skin, sometimes less is more — so invest in a few good products and follow these steps every evening consistently for at least a few weeks. Let us know which products are your favourites for flawless overnight skin!