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Nighttime Skincare Routine Tips

        Tending to a skincare routine right before going to bed might feel like the last thing you want to do after a busy day. Properly caring for your skin at night is an important part of keeping it clear, healthy, and glowing. Each night it is important to cleanse your skin of makeup, oil, and dirt from the day, yet sometimes we are just too lazy and cannot seem to make the effort. Creating your nighttime skincare routine can help keep you on track to ensure you wake up every morning with gorgeous skin.

        One of the most common excuses for not cleansing nightly is being too tired. You do not need to wait until right before bed to wash your face. Starting your nighttime skincare routine at 7pm or 8pm will make you less likely to skip it. Even if you do not wear makeup every day, you might have touched your face all day long and that makes it the dirtiest part of your body. Cleansing the skin at night will help avoid bacteria from spreading and causing acne. The skin also repairs itself at night, removing your makeup and washing your face is a necessity for keeping your skin healthy. It requires discipline to keep up with your nighttime skincare routine, but it is always worth it.

         You should always use a moisturizer at night. Some people avoid using night cream to let their skin breathe, but this is far from the truth. Avoiding using a night cream offers no positive benefit to the skin. When skin is bare, any existing moisturize evaporates right out of it. This results in dry skin build up and a dull, tired complexion. It is important to use a moisturizer suited for your skin type.  The skins’ permeability is at its highest at night, allowing the ingredients in your moisturizer to absorb deeper within the skin.

        Use products that will regenerate the skin at night. Look for repairing, exfoliating, and anti-inflammatory ingredients. Some of the best ingredients to find in night creams are retinols, hyaluronic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids, and antioxidants. Retinols help with fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots. Start with a very small amount of be careful if you have sensitive skin. Hyaluronic acids absorb moisturize to plump your skin and helps with fine lines, wrinkles, and skin pigment issues. Alpha-hydroxy acids gently exfoliate and soften skin and help the cream to penetrate the skin. Antioxidants such as green tea, help to repair the damage to the skin developed during the daytime.

        Eye serums eliminate the appearance of eye bags, darks circles, fine lines, and puffiness around the eyes so they are a necessity for your nighttime skincare routine. Try to avoid applying night cream too close to the eye. If you apply night cream too close to your eyelashes, they can pick up the product and migrate into your eyes. Pulling on the corner of your eye, tugging at your eyelids, and rubbing your eye cream too hard can contribute to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. When you sleep, your hands might be touching your face. Many people use a thick hand cream before going to bed. If you sleep on your side with your hands touching your face, this cream may be getting into your skin and clogging your pores. If you find this happening to you, try to avoid using a greasy hand cream.

        One last nighttime skincare tip is to change your pillowcase frequently. Bacteria and oil are reintroduced into the skin during sleep, so it is always suggested to have a fresh, clean, pillowcase to sleep on. Make sure you get enough sleep. Getting enough sleep can offer many skin benefits. A lack of some quality sleep compromises the body’s circulatory system and causes stagnant blood in the vessels under the eyes because it has not properly been drained. That means bags under the eyes. Lack of sleep also causes the skin to look pale and tired. Sleep deprivation also causes stress which can aggravate some skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. When you are tired, you look it so get that much needed beauty sleep.

         If you are not sure which products will work best for your nighttime skincare routine, Dr. Kurzman has his very own line of amazing skincare products and he can suggest the perfect ones just for you! It may seem overwhelming to take care of your skin after a long day, but when you slowly incorporate these tips into your nightly skincare routine you will definitely see the benefits and be thankful that you did!

Samantha Durst

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