Have you ever wondered why Hollywood stars look so young for their age? I’ll tell you this: While a lot of it is certainly due to genetics, at least as much is due to their beauty regimen. They know that their youthful appearance is the key to their continued success, and they do everything necessary to ensure this.
As a result, in this first installment of The Ultimate Skincare Guide, we’ll start with the basics of helping you achieve and maintain a healthy, youthful appearance—and it all begins at night.
What You Do at Night Determines How You Look in the Morning
I’m sure you’d agree that it’s pretty easy to tell whether or not someone washed off their makeup the night before. If they didn’t, their skin will often appear oily, and not especially pleasant to look at.
The truth is, beauty begins at night. Washing off your makeup before going to bed protects your skin from premature aging, because this allows it to breathe and rest (just like the rest of your body). This is why it’s important—no matter how late you may come home, or how badly you want to go to sleep—to always wash your face at night. It simply must happen.
What’s the Best Nightly Beauty Regimen?
You may be thinking to yourself “Well, I wash my makeup off every night, and my skin is still oily.” If this is the case, then keep reading, because I’ll provide you some tried and true solutions below. And while we’re at it, be sure to build on the knowledge we’re providing here by checking out 4 Skincare Mistakes You Should Avoid.
Wash Off Your Makeup
If you’re looking to prevent premature aging on your face, washing off your makeup every night may be one of the most important things to remember. This is because environmental pollutants that you acquire throughout the day can stick to your makeup, which can stress your skin and lead to reduced collagen production. And because collagen is the primary ingredient for youthful-looking skin, it’s important to keep it in good condition.
Also, when washing your face, remember to use lukewarm water. This is because hot or cold water can result in broken capillaries, in addition to dryness and/or redness.
Apply a Face Toner
A good quality toner can provide a wide range of benefits, including removing your makeup, tightening your pores, eliminating oils from your sunscreen, and preventing ingrown hairs. Makeup is the leading cause of clogged pores, and removing it with a gentle toner will give you a clean palate for your night cream.
Use a Night Cream – Sleep provides our bodies with a time to heal, and using a night cream helps to promote this process and to re-energize our skin. As a result, you’ll notice a healthy, youthful glow in the morning, and your skin will be moisturized, with minimized dark circles and tightened skin around your eyes.
But remember: When you’re applying anything to your face, do not pull down. Instead, apply using circular motions that move outward and up.
Don’t Skip the Eye Cream
It’s important to pay special attention to the skin around your eyes, because this area is more delicate and prone to fine lines, dryness, and wrinkles. As such, this is often where the first signs of aging begin to appear. And because your skin is thinner near your eyes than anywhere else on your face, eye creams are designed to specifically tackle this region.
If you’re like me and struggle with existing pimples, then you know that taking care of them quickly is an absolute must. Throughout my life, I’ve learned that maintaining healthy conditions on your face are equally as important as pimple spot treatments, my favorite of which is Anna Lotan Herbal Drying Lotion for oily skin. This is a paste that is applied directly to pimples, and helps to treat the problem from the inside out.
The First Step to Younger Looking Skin
Ironically, the first step toward achieving younger looking skin occurs during the last part of your day. And really, what’s more simple than washing your face at night, especially with all the benefits it can provide? When it comes down to it, would you rather have someone say to you, “Wow, you look glowing!” or “Wow, you look tired!” I’m sure the answer’s obvious.
Best of all, this is something so simple that you’ll be “in the groove” in no time. Put your nightly skincare regimen in place, make sure to use high quality products, and start seeing results in no time. After all, who doesn’t like a compliment now and then?
Continue Reading: The Ultimate Skincare Guide – Part II
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