Work, meetings, kids, meals, cleaning- it seems like the day's work is never done! By the time darkness falls, you're ready to hit the pillow hard. But before you crash, you need to spend some time giving your skin some attention.
It may seem unimportant, but neglecting your skin at nighttime can be a huge mistake. After all, your cells regenerate faster at night and are more receptive to the ingredients in creams and other products, so showing your skin some love with a serum or mask can give your complexion the rest and renewal it needs to wake up brighter and more beautiful. That gives a whole new meaning to the term "beauty rest"!
If you're not used to having a nightly beauty routine, try AHAVA's "night passport" to get you started. It's our comprehensive (yet super easy) list of things to do before bed to give you the best and most skin-and-body-nourishing sleep ever. Start tonight, and you'll feel rejuvenated, rested and ready to face your day!
1. Brush Your Teeth
Start by touching up those pearly whites. Just as your skin is growing and renewing at night, unfortunately so is the bacteria in your mouth - yuck! So give your teeth a good brushing and flossing, and maybe even reach for some fluoride mouthwash for some added protection.
2. Remove Makeup and Cleanse the Skin
Let's be real, we've all had one of those nights where we've hit the hay without bothering to wash off the residual makeup first. But remember how we talked about how your skin is more receptive to active ingredients at night? Well, this trait can be a blessing as well as a curse. Chemicals in your makeup and any dirt that has gotten trapped throughout the day can seep into your skin and cause pimples and clogged pores, so make it a priority to give your face a good cleanse every single night.
After you've cleansed, applying a toner helps tighten your pores and purify the skin, so make this your next step in your nightly passport to better sleep. Just put a few drops on a cotton ball, gently dab over your face and let it dry. Now you're ready to moisturize!
3. Apply Nighttime Serum and Moisturizer
As your skin is using the wee hours of the night to regenerate and heal itself, give it a boost with a night time serum for added nutrients. Then add a dose of moisturizer so you wake up with soft, fresh skin.
4. Apply Nighttime Eye Serum
That tender, delicate skin around your eyes needs some TLC to stave off bags and fine lines. A good eye serum is the perfect way to refresh those areas so your eyes are bright and healthy, with none of those fatigue-induced bags that are common to busy ladies.
5. Keep Your Hair Back
If your hair is long, it can hang on to oil, bacteria or allergens - all of which are not helpful for your skin! Put your hair in a ponytail or topknot before you crash. You'll sleep better without hair and dust in your face, and you can be confident your skin stays clean to boot.
6. Moisturize... Again!
It may be difficult to remember, but it's important to show the rest of your body some night time love too! This is especially true if you sleep with heavy air conditioning or a space heater. All of that air may keep you cool or warm but it dries out your skin very quickly. In order to keep your entire body looking flawless and feeling soft, don't forget to apply moisturizer to any areas that need it most! We recommend doing this step right before you sleep.
7. Make Sure Your Pillow Case Is Clean
Of course, all of your cleansing and moisturizing is for naught if you're sleeping on a dirty pillow! Change your pillow case once a week, often enough to ensure that there's no oily buildup undoing all your skin care.
8. Get Plenty of Sleep
Since your skin needs sleep to repair and renew itself, not getting your full night's rest can interrupt that repair cycle and lead to wrinkles and other damage. Work on going to sleep earlier so that you can get a full eight hours every night. Not only will it do wonders for you complexion - you'll have more energy and feel better throughout your day too!
Let us know in the comments below if any of these night time tips helped or if you have any additional tips you'd like to share! Following the night passport will help you get your best sleep yet... or at least your best beauty sleep! Good luck!