Q. I usually get lazy and neglect my skin at night. I’m starting to see this bad habit take its toll. What do you recommend for a simple p.m. skincare routine?
Dr. Linda Miles D.O.M. responds:
You’ve heard it before: get your beauty sleep! And, it’s true. A good night of sleep plus a basic nighttime skincare routine is the best way to look and feel better for the long haul. I know that is easier said than done, but think of it this way: nighttime is the best time for skin to naturally repair itself back to a healthy, youthful radiance. Benefit from this restorative process, and fight that sleepy urge to ignore your skin at night, with this simple skincare routine before you hit the sack. It should take no longer than two minutes, and trust me, it’s worth it!
Step 1: Cleanse away build-up. After a long day, the best thing you can do for your skin is to remove makeup, dirt, oil and impurities. After all, clogged pores can cause irritation, blemishes and dullness, leaving skin looking old and damaged before its time. Reach for derma e ® Refining Vitamin A and Glycolic Cleanser. Naturally exfoliating and sulfate free, this formula contains skin-renewing vitamin A plus sloughing glycolic acid, marine plant extracts and papaya. Skin will feel clean and look healthy and refreshed.
Step 2: Balance the skin’s pH. The best way to reap all the benefits from your moisturizer is to use a toner beforehand that preps pores and restores skin’s pH balance. derma e ® Soothing Toner with anti-aging antioxidant Pycnogenol ® does just that. Plus, with added natural botanicals green tea, chamomile and lemongrass, this formula leaves skin calm, soft and healthy.
Step 3: Deeply moisturize, replenish and revitalize skin. Antioxidants are your nighttime go-to for resolving age and environmental damage. Try derma e ® Age-Defying Night CrÃ¨me with anti-aging antioxidants astaxanthin and Pycnogenol ®. This advanced, high-potency formula helps visibly diminish multiple signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, and it also helps to soothe irritation. Skin will feel soft and smooth while looking more refined and youthful.
Taking care of your skin at night does not have to be a burden! It can be a cinch to take care of your skin. Getting eight hours of uninterrupted beauty sleep is often the harder part!
Dr. Linda Miles L. Ac., D.O.M., is Vice President of derma e ® Natural Bodycare. Read beauty q & a with derma e for great tips on natural beauty and skincare.