Looking after my skin is one of my priorities these days; at the ripe old age of 23, I’ve decided that prevention is better than cure and am now more stringent than ever with my beauty routine. Of course, cleansing and moisturising is top of my list when it comes to bedtime, and I’ve found that a decent skincare routine is just as essential as a good nights’ rest when it comes to my complexion looking its best. So I’ve compiled my pre-bedtime skincare favourites, read on for more…
Step One – Cleansing Part One
Makeup removal can be a messy step depending on your weapon of choice. I like to start fuss free, with a sweep of Johnson’s Makeup Be Gone Refreshing Wipes. One quick wipe over my makeup removes most of the debris, and I can take a little more time to gently wipe off my mascara afterwards. Simple and effective!
Step Two – Cleansing Part Two
Of course, a makeup wipe isn’t man enough for the job alone. Once the majority of my makeup is gone, I reach for The Body Shop Sumptuous Camomile Cleansing Butter – my favourite product for the task. This silky smooth cleansing balm melts away even a full face of makeup, but I prefer to use this to make sure every last scrap is gone. A small amount of the balm is enough to gently shift the last of your makeup, and it feels incredibly luxurious to use. A few minutes with this and a hot cloth, et voila – bright, clean, plump skin!
Step Three – Exfoliation (or Cleansing Part Three)
Most nights, I leave it at the cleansing balm and move on to moisturising. But a couple of nights a week, I like to ramp it up a bit and use a gently exfoliating additional cleanser, to buff away dead skin and brighten my complexion. Twice a week, I use The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion pre-shower, but a couple of evenings during the week, I like to use something a lot gentler. My product of choice is the Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm; this oil-based balm is super-gentle and uses finely-ground oats along with essential oils, to polish skin and leave it looking radiant.
Step Four – Oiling Up
I’ve already professed my love for The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum In Oil, and it’s making a reappearance here. This has now become an essential step in my night-time skincare routine; this oil feels so indulgent to use and after a few weeks of use, my skin has never looked better. I simply use a few drops after cleansing and massage into skin, right before bedtime. I try to pay particular attention to typically dryer areas such as my nose and forehead, and am very gentle with the eye area to prevent wrinkles in the future. I love everything about this oil, it’s the perfect prep pre-bedtime!
Step Five – Moisturise
This might seem like an odd step to include after using the oil, but most nights I like to make sure my skin can soak up as much moisture as possible. My night cream of choice is another Body Shop favourite, the Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream, which is so gentle, smells gorgeous and sinks in beautifully. I like to use a small blob and massage in all over my face and neck, again paying particular attention to dryer and more delicate areas. Adding in this step has meant that I wake up with plump, dewy and super-soft, super-bright skin every morning – long may this continue!
Step Six – Lips and Tips
Finally, it’s time to get into bed and settle down for sleep. But before I drift off, I like to use a quick slick of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, to nourish and moisturise my lips throughout the night and prevent any dryness or chapping. I also like to massage a small amount into my nails and fingertips to keep them in tip-top condition too!
So there we have it – my night-time skincare routine all wrapped up! What’s your pre-sleep regime?