The Nights are Drawing In!! Here are 3 Sensational Night time Skincare Routines
The Skinsmith | 4th December 2023
Step 1: Cleanse:
The first thing you should always do is a little housekeeping!! There’s no point in adding all the good stuff on top of the bad so morning or evening, cleansing properly should always be the first step in your skincare routine order to remove pollutants and wash dirt from the day.
If you wear makeup or SPF (as you should!!), workout or your skin type is on the oily side, you may want to double cleanse before bedtime. Double cleansing is the best way to break down make-up or other impurities like dirt and oil. We recommend using an oil-based/creamy cleanser to clean the surface of makeup, oil, and dirt (oil attracts oil) before following with a foaming or gel formula for a more thorough cleanse that targets dead skin cells and pores without stripping the skin of moisture.
Step 2: Exfoliate:
Exfoliating can not only help to prevent your pores getting clogged and breakouts occurring, but also reduce the appearance of the first signs of ageing. For clearer-looking pores and a smoother, more radiant-looking complexion, swipe a gentle, skincare acid across your face on a pad twice daily to exfoliate, smooth and brighten your skin’s appearance.
Step 3: Serum:
If you’re new to incorporating a serum into your skincare routine steps, these potent formulas are ideal for targeting specific concerns and do much of the heavy lifting of your routine. Applying a vitamin C serum in the morning not only helps to brighten your complexion but protect your skin from external factors including pollution.
Step 4: Moisturise:
Following with a good moisturiser helps to lock in all the benefits from your serum. As your skin is more likely to lose moisture overnight, it’s a good time to pump it full of hydrating ingredients and creams that complement its overnight recovery process and help target signs of skin ageing.
Step 5: Overnight Mask:
Whether you’re battling a breakout, your sensitive skin has flared up or you just fancy a little self-care to help you unwind, an overnight mask is a great way to calm your skin and mind. Play those calming tunes and apply these over your serum a few days a week (depending on individual mask instructions) to target specific skin concerns such as hydration and signs of ageing while you relax.
Step 6: Finishing Touches:
Almost done but there are certain areas it doesn’t hurt to give a little more TLC to such as the skin around your lips and eyes which are usually the first to show signs of ageing. These areas can also tend to be overlooked so make sure to gently pat on a hydrating eye cream and add a slick of lip balm as the last step before bed (or before you apply your serum).
Why do I need a Night time Routine?
If you have time, it’s a really good idea to follow all these steps in the following nighttime routines but if you don’t, the most important thing is to make sure you cleanse and moisturise. There are ways to make your products do double duty in some areas which are discussed in each nighttime skincare system. Taking care of your skin at night is so important as this is absolutely when skincare is most effective, hence the term beauty sleep! At night your skin actively produces new skin cells and improves your skin’s texture because the skin absorbs and replenishes while you sleep. When your pores are clogged (usually by skipping the cleansing process!!), your skin does not get the chance to breathe and carry out it’s overnight repair process. By adopting a night face routine, you are assisting your skin in its restoration process so you should be using your heavy lifting skincare. While missing your night skin routine for the odd night won’t do irreparable damage, leaving it out altogether can have adverse effects: premature ageing caused by free radical damage, dry dull skin, breakouts caused by clogged pores, and even inflammation from failure to wash your face before going to sleep. Following are 3 great skincare systems aimed at prioritising different skincare issues.
Balancing, Luminosity Night Treatment System
Defending against damaging environmental stressors while supporting your moisture barrier is key to achieving vibrant, hydrated, and healthy-looking skin. Here’s a night treatment system to help you achieve this:
Start with the Stone Crop Cleansing Oil to restore moisture to the skin and remove impurities and then use the Kombucha Microbiome Foaming Cleanser to leave a clean, refreshed and healthy looking complexion and prime skin for further treatment. For the exfoliating step in this treatment system use Calm Skin Chamomile Peel which is a gentle exfoliating peel which renews sensitive skin without irritation with lactic and mandelic acids. Chamomile refreshes, calendula moisturises and soothes the look of redness, and the arnica flower reduces the appearance of inflammation revealing a calm, balanced and more luminous complexion. This peel solution is mild enough to be used even on sensitive skin 2 to 3 times a week.
Kombucha Microbiome Luminosity Serum accelerates and boosts the process of skin renewal to expose visibly renewed skin while protecting skins microbiome and skin barrier function leaving skin vibrant, luminous, healthy-looking, and smooth. After your serum pop on a bit of lip balm to keep your lips plumped and moisturised, Citrus Lip Balm is a great option for this step. Don’t forget about your eyes, it’s so very important to take care of them and for this night time system Snow Mushroom Moisture Cloud Eye Cream is just ideal as it’s great for destressing and revitalising. Kombucha Microbiome Leave-on Masque is the perfect next step to leave the skin looking vibrant, healthy looking and smooth. This masque will soothe all skin types with 3 unique ways for application:
- Day: Apply a thin layer to cleansed skin, allow a few minutes to absorb then follow with your daily moisturiser or SPF product.
- Night: Apply a thin layer and allow to fully absorb. Leave on overnight and awaken to a hydrated, vibrant complexion.
- Weekly: Apply a thin layer 2-3 times per week or following weekly exfoliation.
You can either use the Kombucha Microbiome Leave-on Masque as a mask overnight or you could use in in a similar way to the day application with another masque on top, if you choose to do this we’d recommend Snow Mushroom & Reishi Masque as a great part of this system. This mask contours and tightens your skin as well as de-puffing, detoxifying, and reducing inflammation to reveal smooth radiance. Purifying clay removes impurities while paracress extract stimulates skin cells to contract, revealing a firm, healthy complexion at any age. You can leave this on overnight and cleanse when you wake in the morning and start your day treatment system.
Brightening Night Treatment System
Fight off the appearance of uneven pigmentation with Vitaskin Bright Skin and Stone Crop. Eminence’s Bright Skin collection contains Natural Hydroquinone alternative and Swiss Alpine Plant Extracts to help brighten the skin’s appearance and reduce the appearance of dark spots and the signs of ageing. Stone Crop has the 3 H’s, its healing, hydrating and helps brighten the appearance of skin tone!
We’d suggest following this routine for any issues with hyperpigmentation or if you’d like to see luminous, glowing, bright, and even complexion. For your cleansing stage use Stone Crop Gel Wash or Bright Skin Cleanser for perfectly cleansed and balanced skin. To exfoliate either add a little Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant to your Bright Skin Cleanser to create a fabulous physical exfoliator or use the Bright Skin Licorice Root Exfoliating Peel which really reduces the look of uneven pigmentation and is a gentle peel that can be used 2-3 times a week. For your serum stage use either the Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster-Serum or Stone Crop Serum followed by your lip care option of Rosehip & Lemongrass Lip Balm SPF15 which is really, hydrating and protecting and great to use during the day to protect from the sun’s rays. For the eyes Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum is lovely to smooth and rejuvenate. Bright Skin Overnight Correcting Cream is a wonderful ultra-rich moisturiser which addresses hyperpigmentation at night when the majority of skin repair and regeneration takes place. It delivers a potent active, clinically proven to inhibit melanin production while visibly reducing age and sunspots for a luminous complexion. For your mask option go for either a Bright Skin Masque which is great for brightening normal to dry and mature/ageing with Natural Hydroquinone and Gigawhite™. Alternatively, Stone Crop Masque is wonderful for radiant and youthful skin.
Age Corrective Night Treatment System
Eminence’s ever popular Age Corrective collection is as perfect for night as it is for the day, it visibly rejuvenates the skin for a more ageless appearance. The collection visibly firms and tightens the skin for an age-defying look, the collection has a higher oil content and richer textures than some other products. The collection contains Natural Retinol Alternative which visibly firms and tightens your look without the side effects seen with traditional retinol like peeling and increased sun sensitivity. Natural Retinol Alternative is a natural complex from Chicory Root Oligosaccharides and Tara Tree that mimics the positive effects of retinol without exfoliation. Oligosaccharides are a beneficial carbohydrate for the skin that stimulate the same factors in skin cells as retinol. This brightens, softens, and stimulates collagen production without contraindications.
Start with your cleanser Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser which is a refining 2-in-1 cleanser and exfoliant for normal, dry and mature skin types. You can either just use this to cover your exfoliating step or use Firm Skin Peel Acai Exfoliating Peel which hydrates the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Lavender Age Corrective Night Concentrate is a hydrating and replenishing night treatment, it’s Rich argan oil, jojoba oil and shea butter and improves the look of your skin’s density and aid in reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Then use Lavender Age Corrective Night Eye Cream to fight the appearance of crow’s feet and leave skin looking radiant. Marine Flower Peptide Lip Serum really leaves your lips softer and plumper and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles round the lips.
We have a few options for the next stages, you can use your lovely Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face and Neck which is a deeply hydrating cream smelling of wonderful monoi and containing Eminences exclusive anti-ageing stem cell complex that will have you waking up with smoother, finer and more youthful skin. You can then follow it with the Bamboo Age Corrective Masque which you can leave on overnight for some collagen boosting and your skin will feel firmer and tighter, toned, hydrated and more elastic. All you need to do is apply and go to sleep, cleanse in the morning as usual. If you want to go for a leave on treatment, Linden Calendula Treatment is luxurious with extracts derived from fresh linden and calendula plants that deeply nourish and refresh the skins appearance. Fine herbal oils and honey restore the look of youthfulness and elasticity.
That’s 3 fantastic treatment systems for you to consider, they are perfect for skin-maximalist or a skinamalist also know as skin-extrovert or skintrovert!! If you are a more is more person go for the whole routine and your skin will love you for it but likewise it will also be incredibly beneficial for your skin if you go for a cleanser and moisturiser. If this is more your scene, your routines for the 3 systems would be Kombucha Microbiome Foaming Cleanser and Kombucha Microbiome Leave-on Masque to become your Balancing Night Treatment System, brighten up more simply with Bright Skin Cleanser and Bright Skin Overnight Correcting Cream or get Age Corrective with Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser and Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face and Neck. Remember that night time is where the magic happens!!