Sleep is a great time to let your skincare put in the work for you. When we sleep our skin goes through processes including skin renewal, regeneration and moisture-locking.  Waking up to fresh, hydrated, glowing skin is everyone’s dream. But how do we get there? What’s the perfect skincare routine that’s sustainable and effective? While there are many multi-step routines out there like the 7-step double cleanse K-beauty routine, doing a 7 step routine every single night won’t be as sustainable for those of us exhausted and just wanting to crawl into bed. 

Maybe it is not the number of products we use on our skin that matters but the quality of the products we’re using instead. In fact, it’s better to use one quality product and apply it every single night than a bunch of products every once in a while. When you start using a new product, it takes about a month to show effects according to dermatologists, and a new skincare routine can take up to three months to truly see benefits. So using quality ingredients in a minimal step routine every single night, consistently, can be the best way to go. 

So here’s a nighttime routine that we can wrap our heads around. Four steps..not too much, not too little!

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Gentle Cleansers

Step One: Cleanse

In the evenings, it’s very important to wash off dirt and grime collected throughout the day. Also, some of us wear makeup and SPF which needs to be removed. Choosing the correct type of cleanser can help remove impurities on the face without stripping your skin of its natural oils and protective layer. It is recommended by dermatologists that surfactants on the face should be avoided. 

Cleansers with surfactants can strip away natural oils and the protective layer on your skin. Surfactants are what causes some shampoos and washes to suds up and become bubbly. But this sudsing effect isn’t always the best sign of cleansing. Instead go for a non-sudsing gentle cleanser and avoid products with ‘SLS’ listed as an ingredient.   

It is important to wash your face for an appropriate amount of time as well. Dermatologists recommend washing your face with a cleanser for around 60 to 90 minutes. This time will help the ingredients take effect onto the skin. Use fingertips or a soft face cloth for gentle cleansing rather than a harsh exfoliating scrub. If you do need exfoliation, look for cleansers with exfoliating active ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid or lactic acid. These will gently exfoliate while cleansing the face. 

Last tip for cleansing is that the water temperature should actually be lukewarm when washing your face. Not too hot, not too cold! In fact, temperature extremes can irritate the face more than do good, so try not to wash your face in your hot shower. Using lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser is the best way to cleanse the face without disrupting the natural skin barrier and irritating the skin. 

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Nourishing Serum

Step Two: Serum 

Obviously, our favourite step is going to be adding serums as we have four amazing serums to choose from. Serums are highly concentrated ingredients that can add nourishment and hydration back into the skin after cleansing. The great thing about serums is the variability in benefits. You can choose serums specifically for the benefits your own skin complexion needs. Night serums tend to be more concentrated and thicker for more moisture and hydration while you sleep. 

Popular nighttime ingredients for serums would be retinol, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. Retinol helps with fine lines and wrinkles as well as collagen production in the skin. Niacinamide helps to heal acne spots and reduce the appearance of acne scars. Lastly hyaluronic acid helps to gently exfoliate skin and hydrate the skin leaving plump softness. 

Our phyto-retinol CBD night serum is a great addition to a nighttime routine for anti-aging and collagen production treatment. Our serum is formulated with natural rosehip oil which is high in vitamin A and natural retinoids. Paired with CBD for antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. This serum can help you wake up feeling dewy and refreshed in the morning. 

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Applying Moisturiser

Step Three: Massage in Product 

After applying your serum, you can massage the products into the skin more by using your hands or a gua sha. A gua sha helps to depuff skin and improve lymphatic drainage in the face. It can also be the perfect relaxing step to send you straight to sleep. Facial massage can help the products you use in your nighttime routine soak more into the skin so you are getting more benefits from them. The serum should act to give enough slip for a facial massage so that your hands or gua sha can glide across the skin without pulling.   

This step is optional so if you need to be quick, or are just too tired one day, feel free to skip!

Step Four: Moisturise

After applying a thin layer of serum onto your face, you’ll want to lock in moisture and hydration with a moisturiser. For sensitive skin, the moisturiser should be fragrance free to steer away from any potential irritants. Adding a moisturiser to your nighttime routine can help renew skin overnight as well as protect the skin barrier and keep moisture and serums in. 

There are many night creams on the market that offer thick moisturisation for an overnight treatment to leave your skin feeling very soft in the morning. A thicker night cream is recommended at night to help repair and protect whilst you sleep while a thinner moisturiser can be used in the daytime underneath your makeup. We recommend gently patting moisturiser onto your face, pressing with your palms to push the product gently into skin. 

And there you have it! An easy four step nighttime routine for healthy, glowing skin! Doing this routine every night will help to protect your skin’s natural barrier, get accustomed to products, and hydrate the skin for a bright refreshed morning face. 

There are other things you can add to also help with your skin during the nighttime. Drinking water before bed can help your skin stay hydrated from the inside out. Have a glass before going to bed so that through the night your body can stay hydrated. You can also go to sleep early giving your skin the best chance of renewal with a good night’s sleep.7-8 hours of sleep is usually recommended for us to feel fully rested. Lastly, sleeping with a silk pillowcase can help reduce the signs of ageing by minimising tugging on the skin at night as well as keep skin hydrated by absorbing less moisture than regular cotton pillow cases. This also ensures your precious skin products stay on your face, and don’t absorb into your pillow! Plus it’s good for your hair!

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