What does your nightly routine look like? Is it a lengthy ritual you've taken pleasure in perfecting or a 'as-quick-as-you-can' 2 min cleanse and moisturise?
Either way, the hours when you're asleep are unique, as your skin goes into "repair mode", your skin cell turnover is stimulated and collagen is restored - essential for healthy skin. So the products you apply and the way you treat your skin before bed can make a huge difference to the end result, aka that morning glow.
Want to make the most of it? We've answered some of your questions, so you and your skin will wake up on the right side of the bed.
Do I need a retinol to prevent wrinkles?
In short no. Retinol, vitamin A is renowned for boosting collagen production and smoothing out fine lines. However, it can cause side effects such as flakiness, dryness, irritation and increased photosensitisation, which can make it difficult to use and unsuitable for sensitive skin. However, there's an alternative. Bakuchiol has the same effect, improving skin texture. Plus, it's natural, vegan and more gentle. We've paired 1% bakuchiol with olive squalane to make our Bakuchiol Booster for soft, renewed skin. Add to your nightly routine for a smoothing, rejuvenating boost.
Which ingredients reduce spots overnight?
Salicylic acid or salicylates are a good one to look out for. They aid the regulation of sebum production and help to unclog and decongest pores without causing irritation. You can find salicylates from white willow bark extract in Crystal Clear, our foaming gel cleanser.
You can also find microbiome-balancing inulin in our gel cleanser. It's a prebiotic derived from chicory root, which feeds the microorganisms on your face, and can increase hydration whilst also removing the bad bacteria which causes breakouts. Use Crystal Clear before bed to effectively clarify skin, without stripping it or causing tightness.
How can I get grime out of my pores?
Pollution, dirt, dust, suncream, makeup and grime - our pores take it all. Draw out impurities from your pores with an oil cleanser. It may seem counter intuitive, however oil attracts oil, so they're the perfect cleansing product after a long day.
Jojoba is excellent for drawing out excess oil from the skin. Moringa and black cumin oils provide a thorough cleanse, plus they're naturally antibacterial and can remove stubborn dregs of grime and makeup. Hibiscus and papaya seed oils are high in AHAs, they're great for gently exfoliating the skin, dissolving excess sebum and breaking down dead skin cells.
You can find all of these pore purging oils in Swipe Clean, our facial cleansing oil and makeup remover. Use before Crystal Clear as a first cleanse to remove makeup and effectively clean your skin.
How do I hydrate my skin when sleeping?
Take a two step approach. Hydrate deeper into the epidermis of the skin with an essence or mist. Hyaluronic acid is a great humectant, which draws moisture into the skin. You can find this moisture boosting ingredient in Mega Mist, our hydrating and refreshing facial spray. It also contains floral waters, aloe and algae extract to plump and calm skin.
Next up, use a rich, nourishing night cream like Night Nutrition to seal in the moisture. Whilst you sleep, skin becomes more permeable which means nutrients & actives may penetrate more deeply for maximum benefits. Therefore, it is essential to choose a night treatment that is loaded with high-potency actives for optimal results. Night Nutrition literally feeds your skin with nutrient dense actives, such as broccoli and raspberry seed oils to deeply hydrate and condition skin overnight.
Whilst more permeable skin allows more nutrients in, it also means moisture can escape- a process known as trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), which causes skin to feel dehydrated and dry upon wakening, a bit like when you get off a long-haul flight. Ensuring you deeply hydrate skin overnight is essential to plumped, supple skin and using ceramide rich ingredients, like oat kernel oil, will help lock in moisture and protect against water loss for smooth, dewy looking skin.