Skincare Tips: What is the 7-Step Night Skincare Routine?
Just like how you don’t wear pyjamas out during the day or office attire to bed, your skincare routine for daytime versus bedtime should be different as well. Your skin’s needs differ from morning to night due to several factors such as your biological make-up, external pollutants, stress and exposure to environmental factors, hence it is essential to tailor your skincare routine accordingly.
What’s the difference between day and night skincare?
During the day, your skin is constantly exposed to dirt, sebum, make-up, UV rays, pollutants and more, which contributes to the wear and tear of your skin. To combat this, your daytime skincare routine includes products that are more focused on protection and hydration rather than repair. However, your skin repairs itself at night and the likelihood of being exposed to pollutants is significantly lower. Hence, your night time skincare routine should include products that emphasise hydration, nourishment, repair and anti-ageing.
7-Step night skincare routine
7 steps may seem like a lot but your skin will thank you for it. Your skin recuperates as you sleep and although our bodies are usually efficient at doing the maintenance work at night, it doesn’t hurt to speed the process up a bit during the crucial night time hours. Plus, our skin’s ability to regenerate slows down as we age, thus making it important to supply the nutrients and hydration it needs. Ready to wake up with radiant and refreshed skin every morning? Add these steps to your nighttime skincare routine and see the difference!
1. Make-up Remover
Before you can get to cleansing your skin, it is important to first remove sebum, make-up and any impurities that may have gathered on your skin during the day. Using a waterproof make-up remover that’s effective but gentle on the vulnerable eye area such Clarins’ Gentle Eye Make-Up will help to wipe off all the gunk that has accumulated on your skin throughout the day without irritating your eye area. To use, moisten a cotton pad with a sufficient amount of product and place on each closed eye then gently tap the cotton pad on the eyelid for 10 seconds before sweeping over the eyelashes and the rest of your face.
Detoxifying and cleansing your skin before bed is essential to remove traces of dirt, environmental pollution and prevent clogged pores. Using a cleanser also helps to prepare your skin for subsequent products without causing clogged pores. Using a mild cleanser that contains hydrating ingredients will help eliminate impurities and make-up residue from your face to prevent breakouts.
Exfoliating is basically a deep cleaning of the face. Exfoliating cleansers such as our Gentle Peeling Smooth Away Cream help to further purify skin and rid it of dead skin cells which cause dullness. Using an exfoliator twice a week will help to keep your skin soft, smooth and radiant. Not a fan of cream-textured exfoliators? Take your pick from our extensive range of exfoliating options on our site.
Have you ever wondered how your favourite K-pop starlets achieve their glass skin complexion? The secret’s in the toner. Using a hydrating toner doesn’t just help remove any sebum produced during the night and residual dirt, it also balances your skin’s pH levels and helps prevent breakouts. Toners are formulated to soothe your skin, so to ramp up the calming benefits, opt for an alcohol-free toner enriched with calming plant extracts such as our Toning Lotion With Camomile. Targeting a different skin concern? Browse more toner options at our site.
A serum helps target specific skincare concerns depending on the one you pick, delivering a powerful shot of whatever nourishment your skin needs to solve the skin issue at hand. However, if your skin isn’t in any dire need of acne-busting or extra hydration, then pick an anti-wrinkle serum such as our Clarins Double Serum to restore your skin to its youthful glory. As a plus, this serum also firms up skin, evens out skin tone and reduces visible pores, in addition to its anti-ageing properties. Don’t forget to give your vulnerable eye area some much-needed nourishment and hydration in the form of the Clarins Enhancing Eye Lift anti-ageing eye serum as well. The eye area tends to show signs of ageing long before the rest of your skin does, so it is advisable to start using eye care products such as eye serums or eye creams for dark circles to prevent it before the fine lines start to set in.
6. Moisturiser & Overnight mask
Compensate for water loss as you sleep. Rehydrate, soothe, reduce inflammation, repair and rebuild weakened skin barriers – these are just some of the benefits you receive from applying a moisturiser or using an overnight mask. Younger skin can benefit from using a lightweight sleep mask such as our My Clarins RE-CHARGE Relaxing Sleep Mask but if you’d prefer to enhance your skin’s radiance while you snooze, opt for our White Plus Brightening Revive Gel instead. Infused with extracts of Acerola Fruit, Spergularia and Huang Qi, the White Plus Brightening Revive Gel helps reinvigorate your complexion and diminishes dark spots to reveal softer, smoother and more radiant skin.
7. Lip care
One of the parts of the face that we often forget about is our lips. Dry, chapped lips are not only unsightly but may be painful as well, so remember to keep them hydrated throughout the night with a moisturising lip balm such as our Hydra-Essentiel Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm. Infused with soothing Blue Lotus Essential Wax, it will help restore your lips to its soft, smooth, kissable condition with its luxurious melting formula that moisturises and nourishes as it protects.
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