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Night moves: How to take care of your skin after dark

SleepYou work hard, your days are long. Often, the last thing you want to do is wash your face before tumbling into bed. But we’re here to tell you that it matters. Be consistent and thorough with your evening skincare regimen.

It all starts with proper cleansing. Using the Biologique Recherche cleansing milk appropriate for your skin, massage upward and outward from the neck to the forehead. Rinse. Follow by swiping a cotton pad with P50 over your neck and face. Apply a targeted serum to treat your skin’s specific imbalances and then finish with your normal moisturizer. Now that you’ve removed makeup, dirt and pollution, it’s time to sleep to detoxify and repair your skin.

Sleep matters

Now that you’ve got your evening skincare routine down, let’s talk about sleep. You probably know that a good night’s sleep is essential to good health but it’s also critical for radiant youthful skin. Sleep is the body’s (and skin’s) method of self-repair. When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin could appear patchy, dry and lifeless, and you’ll have fine lines and dark circles under your eyes. Prolonged lack of sleep can result in cortisol levels rising, free radicals running amok, and collagen breaking down. In other words, your skin will age faster. No bueno.

There are so many factors that contribute to poor sleep: exposure to your device’s screens, stress, poor diet, caffeine, alcohol. When you think about it, it’s amazing that we get any shuteye at all.

Regardless of the reasons that result in fitful sleep or insomnia, however, sleep is critical to your skin and overall health. Staring at the ceiling in the dark while your mind spins is unhealthy and you need to take steps to mitigate the problem. Some solutions include melatonin and other herbal remedies, a consistent sleep schedule, sleep rituals such as meditation or a lavender oil bath. Good sleep and skincare hygiene will keep your skin clear and glowing.

(photo: morroccomethod.com)

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maryjane

great information.

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