The best products to use at night for beautiful skin
Night time is the right time to take advantage of our body’s natural repair process. Wake up with beautiful skin by adding a few products to your night time routine. With a bit of luck, you'll wake up to a fresh and regenerated reflection.
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Start in the bathroom
Our skin is a lot less able to regenerate and repair itself if it’s covered in the day’s grime. “Double cleansing your skin is a must in the evening to ensure the pores are clean and clear and you have removed all traces of make-up, dirt, oil and pollution,” says Murad’s Australasia Pacific education manager Katy Bacon.
And the earlier the better. “Our bodies’ circadian rhythm works to regenerate skin between 9-12pm so it’s important to have your night-time products applied before 9pm to ensure healthy, regenerated and youthful- looking skin in the morning.”
So what should we put on our skin after cleansing? Katy says retinol is her number one to make your skin look more youthful. “Retinol stimulates new collagen and rapidly turns over old skin cells,” she explains. Another favourite is vitamin C to aid detoxification and brighten skin as you sleep.
Oils are also wonderful. “Think of an oil as a topical multi-vitamin capsule,” says Katy. “Often antioxidants are better absorbed by the skin via a lipid delivery system which make them the perfect night-time partner to your serums and moisturisers.”
bh loves: Break open a capsule of Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Line Erasing Night Serum, $85 (for $30), and smooth its contents over clean skin for wrinkle smoothing while you sleep. Add a healthy dose of vitamin C with Nivea Q10 Plus C Anti-Wrinkle+Energy SkinSleep Cream, $24, to help your skin look well-rested.
Annoyingly, as we get older, it seems to get harder to get a good night's sleep. Unfortunately, beauty sleep is the real deal and a lack of sleep can affect our skin. and beauty going hand in hand, the more we do to encourage a solid amount of shut-eye, the better we’re going to look when we wake up.
The raising and lowering of our body temperature 1-2 hours before bed with a warm bath can be a helpful way to calm the mind and the body, especially when coupled with the power of aromatherapy. Be careful to choose body products with oils that have relaxing qualities, such as vetiver, chamomile and lavender. Orally, consider herbal remedies that will work to help you drop off quicker.
bh loves: Massage Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil, $113, over your torso and inhale its aroma deeply before you step into the bath or shower; put half a dropper of Nod Deep Sleep Support Drops, $48, under your tongue before bed fora natural alternative to sleeping pills.
If there’s one area of our faces that can really let us down in the morning, it’s our eyes!
“Puffy eyes are caused by an accumulation of fluid, which is why you notice it in the morning,” explains Katy.
It can be exacerbated by various factors such as lack of sleep, allergies, PMS, alcohol and genetics. One way you can help reduce the swelling while you sleep is to use a product containing caffeine, tapping it on the skin to apply. “This stimulates blood flow and aids lymph drainage,” says Katy.
Adhesive patches are also gaining popularity for smoothing wrinkles while you sleep. Designed to be worn overnight, the medical grade silicone patches work by helping to keep skin taut so you’re less likely to get those “sleep creases” while the silicone stimulates hydration and blood flow. The crescent-shaped patches sit perfectly under the eyes and wrap up to address crow’s feet at the same time, while other varieties are shaped to prevent creasing on the décolleté, neck and forehead.
bh loves: Gently pat Murad Revitalixir Recovery Serum for Face & Eyes, $179, around the eye area – caffeine and other ingredients specifically target stress and fatigue, while its cannabis (yes, cannabis) sativa seed oil addresses inflammation. Wrinkles Schminkles Eye Smoothing Kit, $59.95, includes three pairs of medical- grade silicone pads that you can wear 10 times per pair.
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What do you like to put on your skin at nighttime?