Looking to benefit your skin with a good night’s sleep? We give our tips on choosing the right skincare products to apply before bed.
The best night-time routine for beautiful skin
Getting your skin ready for sleep
Did you know that a good night’s sleep is essential for our skin’s health? By using the right products in your evening routine, you can help support the skin’s natural healing and regenerating processes.
Dermatologist, Dr. Nina Roos believes that a thorough cleanse is a crucial first step, as this removes any dirt and grime that may have built up throughout the day. It’s also a great way to unwind and relax before bed – try applying a cleanser, such as Vichy’s Pureté Thermale Fresh Gel using a gentle massage technique. This fluid gel formula removes impurities from the skin leaving it feeling clear, fresh and radiant.
When done correctly, facial massage can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, tighten skin and encourage microcirculation, improving blood flow and radiance. It can also help the ingredients within your skincare to better penetrate the skin, ensuring maximum benefits.
Vichy’s top massage tips
Using the tips of your fingers, begin by making large circles across your neck and under your chin, working upwards towards the face. Pay attention to the pressure: the skin on your face is more delicate than on other parts of your body, so try not to press too hard. Continue outwards towards your jawline and the sides of your cheeks, moving towards your cheekbones. Pushing gently up and outwards with the tips of your fingers will help stimulate circulation, but take care not to drag downwards on skin. Finish with broad, circular strokes from the temples into the centre of the forehead and back, before lightly tapping the delicate skin under eyes with your ring finger to de-puff and brighten.
Choosing the right skincare ingredients
Antioxidants are one of the most effective ways of fighting the effects of oxidative stress found in our environment – particularly cities where pollution is higher. Vichy’s Slow Age Night Cream & Mask is enriched with Baïcalin Root Extract a, known for its broad spectrum antioxidant properties to prevent and correct UV-induced pigmentation.
If you’re looking to give your night-time skincare regime an extra boost, try a micro-exfoliant such as an Lipohydroxy acid (LHA). This will help increase cell turnover and regeneration. If your skin is sensitive, Vichy’s Idéalia Night Peeling is a gentle alternative. This targeted night treatment is enriched with soft peeling and natural active extracts and is designed to work while you sleep, restoring a healthy glow and leaving the skin feeling refreshed.
The evening is the best time to use exfoliating products such as this as they can make the skin photosensitive, leaving it prone to redness when exposed to daylight. Protect your skin by applying broad-spectrum sun protection the morning after use.
Finally, the skin loses water during the night, so it’s important to hydrate skin with an effective night cream or mask. Try an overnight treatment such as Vichy’s Slow Âge Night Cream & Mask (as a cream every night, or as a mask in a slightly thicker layer once or twice a week), proven to effectively prevent moisture loss.