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The best night time skincare routine

Date Posted:23 May 2024 

Having a specific night time skincare routine is a great way to start seeing results from your skincare faster. A night specific regimen allows you to use a larger variety of products as well as heavier, more targeted skin treatments. Read on to see founder Aida's very own night time skincare routine. 

 

From double cleansing and exfoliation to serums and overnight masks, we'll cover all the essential steps and products needed to achieve radiant skin. You'll also learn about the importance of incorporating key ingredients like hyaluronic acid, bakuchiol, and antioxidants into your routine.

Don't let your skincare routine end with your morning cleanse. Embrace the power of a consistent, effective night skin care routine and wake up to skin that glows from within. Get ready to unlock the secrets to a radiant complexion with our ultimate guide to a nightly skincare routine.

 

 

Why have a night time skincare routine

There are many benefits to having a day and night time skincare routine. Firstly, during the day our skin is exposed to environmental stressors and things like dirt and pollution. For this reason, it can help to have a daytime routine that focuses on protection like antioxidants and SPF. A night time routine, however, can focus on restoration and targeting your unique skin concerns like ageing or dehydration. At night you don’t have to worry about things like SPF or applying makeup (if you wear it), or even going out – this makes evening the perfect time to use heavier creams or oils, treatments and face masks.

Having a consistent night skin care routine is essential for maintaining radiant and healthy skin. While we sleep, our skin goes through a rejuvenation process, making it the perfect time to nourish and repair any damage. Neglecting your nighttime routine can lead to clogged pores, dullness, and premature aging.

Additionally, a nighttime routine gives you the opportunity to target specific skin concerns. Whether you're dealing with acne, dryness, or signs of aging, incorporating targeted treatments and products into your routine can help address these issues more effectively. Consistency is key when it comes to skincare, so establishing a nightly routine will ensure that you're consistently providing your skin with the care it needs.


What’s a good night time skin routine

Wondering what’s a good night skin routine? Obviously, this depends on your skin type and skin goals. But there are a few general things that any good night time regimen should contain. First things first you need to remove any makeup, grime and impurities that might’ve built upon the skin throughout the day. For this, we recommend using a face cleanser. A good cleanser is one that’s natural and contains no harsh chemicals, soaps or SLS, which strip the face of its natural oils.

Once the skin is cleansed you want to move on to hydration. Night time is a great opportunity to use a few more products in your routine or thicker creams that can settle on the skin overnight. If you’re looking for more hydration, then adding a hydrosol to your routine can help. A hydrosol is a water based product that’s made by distilling fresh flowers, leaves, fruits and other nourishing plants. They’re like essential oils but water based. All the water, combined with the nutrients of the plant extracts, means a hydrosol deeply hydrates your skin, leaving it looking brighter and plumper.  

Adding a night serum to your routine at night can be a great way to level up your overall skincare game, especially if you don’t like using many products in the morning. A serum is a concentrated skincare product that has a high level of active ingredients, which work to address any skin concerns. You can use a serum for anti aging, for acne, dehydration, redness and so much more. The final, and essential, step after cleansing and any hydrating products is a night cream.

 


What are the benefits of night cream

night cream tends to be heavier and more hydrating than a day cream, as you’re wearing it while you sleep. But a deeply hydrating night cream is perfect overnight as our skin naturally absorbs products better and faster while we sleep. Our skin loses lots of moisture throughout the day, which is why it’s a good idea to use a night cream, rather than just a day cream, to replenish that lost moisture. Plus, it just feels so nice massaging a luxe night cream into the skin before bed – so soothing and a perfect ritual to ensure a good night sleep.   


What is the best way to cleanse your face

A natural cleanser and some water is the simplest, and still effective, way to cleanse your face. But, if you wear makeup, have oily skin, or live in a polluted area you’ll probably need to double cleanse. Double cleansing involves first cleansing to remove any topical impurities, including makeup and then cleansing again to actually clean the skin. An oil cleanser is a great option for those that want a deep cleanse that’s still hydrating. La Mav marula oil cleanser is a great option as it’s suitable for all skin types including (if not especially) acne prone skin. Makeup (especially eye makeup) usually needs a specific product to be removed. For this, we recommend using an eye makeup remover or even eye makeup remover wipes – as long as they’re chemical free and gentle.
 

Are face wipes the same as washing your face

Not really. Face wipes are just as effective at removing impurities like makeup, dirt and oil from the surface of your skin. But when it comes to really clean the skin, you’ll want to use a cleanser. Face wipes can be used as the first step in a face cleansing routine to remove makeup or oil and then you can follow up with a natural cleanser. Instead of wipes, you might like to use a specific eye makeup remover. This is particularly good for those that wear a lot of eye makeup, as it breaks down the makeup without having to repeatedly rub the eye area.
 

 

What face serum should I use at night

The best night serums are those that are deeply hydrating and nourishing. If you’re looking for anti aging skincare then night time is when you should use a bakuchiol serum. The best night serum for dull or dry skin is one that contains plant oils and rich fatty acids like this one from Mukti Organics. The best night serum for oily or acne prone skin is one that clarifies and clears congestion from the skin’s deeper layers like  AHA & Willow Bark Clarifying Anti Congestion Serum from Vanessa Megan. And for those wanting plumper, younger looking skin you’ll want a night serum that has collagen-boosting properties like Commiphora Plumping Serum from La Mav.

 

Are eye creams really necessary

It depends. The skin around our eyes is thinner, delicate and more sensitive. For this reason, many people tend to use an eye cream that’s formulated for this skin. But the skin on the rest of your face would benefit from gentle, fragrance free products. You don’t need to use a specific eye cream if you don’t have any concerns with your undereye. When you might like to use a specific eye cream is if you’re worried about fine lines, puffiness or undereye bags/dark circles. An eye cream that’s formulated to address the appearance of these skin concerns is likely the best way to fix them without any other, more advanced treatments.  

 

 

Incorporating serums and treatments into your night routine

Serums and treatments are potent formulations that target specific skin concerns. Incorporating these products into your nightly routine can help address issues like hyperpigmentation, fine lines, acne, or dullness. Here's how to incorporate serums and treatments effectively:

Identify your concerns: Determine your primary skin concerns, whether it's brightening, anti aging, or acne control. This will help you choose the right serums and treatments for your needs.

Layering order: Start with the thinnest consistency and work your way up to thicker formulas. This ensures that each product is properly absorbed before applying the next one. As a general rule, apply serums before moisturisers.

Active ingredients: Look for serums that contain active ingredients like vitamin C, bakuchiol, niacinamide, or hyaluronic acid. These ingredients have proven benefits for the skin and can help address specific concerns.

Patting technique: When applying serums or treatments, use a gentle patting motion with your fingertips. This helps the product absorb into the skin more effectively and prevents tugging or pulling on delicate skin.

Remember, serums and treatments are highly concentrated, so a little goes a long way. Start with a small amount and gradually increase if needed. Be consistent with your application to see noticeable results over time.

 

Night masks and their benefits for radiant skin

Night mask, also known as a sleeping mask or overnight mask, is a great addition to your nightly skincare routine for an extra boost of hydration and nourishment. These leave-on masks work while you sleep, allowing the active ingredients to deeply penetrate your skin. Here are the benefits of using night masks:

Intense hydration: Night masks are formulated with highly concentrated ingredients that provide intense hydration. They create a barrier on the skin, preventing moisture loss and allowing your skin to absorb the beneficial ingredients throughout the night.

Nourishment and repair: Night masks contain a blend of nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, peptides, vitamins, or antioxidants. These ingredients help repair and rejuvenate your skin, leaving it plump, smooth, and radiant in the morning.

Brightening and glow: Some night masks contain ingredients like vitamin C or niacinamide, which help brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots or hyperpigmentation. Regular use can result in a more radiant and even complexion.

Soothing and calming: Night masks are often infused with ingredients like aloe vera or chamomile, which have soothing and calming properties. They can help reduce inflammation, redness, or irritation, making them suitable for sensitive or reactive skin.

Night masks should be used as the last step in your skincare routine, after moisturiser or eye cream. Apply a thin, even layer and leave it on overnight. In the morning, rinse off any residue with lukewarm water, and you'll wake up to soft, supple, and radiant skin.

 

 

Additional tips for a successful nigh skincare routine

Here are a few additional tips to help you achieve a successful nightly skincare routine for radiant skin:

Consistency: Consistency is key when it comes to skincare. Stick to your routine and give your skin time to adjust and show results. It may take several weeks or even months to see noticeable improvements, so be patient and consistent.

Sun protection: Even though your nighttime routine is focused on repair and rejuvenation, it's important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays during the day. Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every morning to prevent sun damage and premature aging.

Quality sleep: A good night's sleep is essential for healthy skin. Establish a regular sleep schedule and create a relaxing bedtime routine to ensure quality sleep. This will help your skin regenerate and repair more effectively.

Diet and hydration: Remember that skincare is not just about what you put on your skin, but also what you put in your body. A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and antioxidants can help promote radiant skin. Stay hydrated by drinking enough water throughout the day.

Avoid over exfoliation: While exfoliation is an important step in your skincare routine, overdoing it can lead to irritation and sensitivity. Follow the instructions on the exfoliating product and listen to your skin. If you notice any signs of irritation, reduce the frequency of exfoliation.

 

Founder Aida’s night time skincare routine

Want to know how Sassy Organics founder Aida takes care of her skin at night? Aida’s night-time skincare routine is focused on moisturising and anti-ageing, as her skin is slightly drier, and her skincare goals are to prevent early signs of ageing. That said, many of the products Aida uses can also be good for oily and or sensitive skin.

1. Remove makeup: Wotnot Ultra Hydrating Facial Wipes

On days that Aida wears makeup, she uses the Wotnot Naturals Deep Cleansing face wipes to remove her eye makeup and prepare the skin for cleansing. There are Wotnot face wipes specifically for sensitive, dry and oily skin. 

2. Cleanse: Mokosh Certified Organic Makeup Remover & Cleansing Oil

The next step is to clean the skin using a hydrating cleanser. Aida’s current favourite is the Mokosh oil cleanser. Mokosh specialises in therapeutic skincare that’s water free and full of potent, skin loving ingredients. Aida loves how this cleanser breaks down makeup and dirt while also hydrating her skin. Plus, it smells like a day spa.

 



3. Hydrate/hydrosol: Vanessa Megan Rose Hydrosol Pore Refining Toner

Aida’s next step, after cleansing, is to use a hydrosol. Aida’s focus is on boosting her skin’s hydration levels, and a hydrosol is a great way to do this. Aida’s current favourite hydrosol is the Vanessa Megan Rose Hydrosol Toner. It’s certified organic and can help both dehydrated skin and oily skin types.


4. Serum: Vanessa Megan 24K Gold Wild Herb Radiance Serum

If you know Aida, you know she loves a hydrating serum, especially ones that boast skin radiance and plumpness. For this, Aida chooses the Vanessa Megan 24K Gold & Wild Herb Serum from Vanessa Megan. This serum uses a potent blend of 18 wild herb extracts with pure 24K gold to help even skin tone, moisturise, tighten and hydrate the skin. It’s golden radiance in a bottle, essentially.  


5. Night cream: Antipodes Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream

The last step in Aida’s routine is, of course, a night cream. Night cream helps lock in moisture and hydrates the skin while you sleep. Antipodes is one of Aida’s favourite brands for deeply nourishing night creams. In particular, she uses the Antipodes Night Recovery Cream. This Antipodes night cream is light but deeply hydrating – making it perfect for oily skin types too.   

 

Final thoughts

In conclusion, developing a night skin care routine is essential for achieving and maintaining radiant skin. By carefully selecting products that suit your skin type and addressing specific concerns, you can significantly enhance your skin's health and appearance. Remember, consistency is key - stick with your routine, be patient, and give your products time to work. Incorporating the steps we discussed will not only prepare your skin for overnight rejuvenation but also ensure you wake up to a fresher and more vibrant complexion every morning. Embrace the process and watch as your skin transforms with your commitment to nightly care.

 


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