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While we love getting ready to take on a new day, there's truly no better feeling than unwinding at the end of a long day and starting our evening routines.
In addition to helping us wake up a little glow-ier, a comprehensive nighttime skincare routine helps us to unwind and (literally) peel the day off. We asked Dermalogica National Account Instructor, Brooke Anderson to share her nighttime skin ritual with us to ensure we're covering all our bases. Here's her 7-step night-time routine for total skin rejuvenation:
Step 1: Pre-cleanse
The pre-cleanse step removes all the dirt, makeup or any debris left over from the day. Brooke recommends applying a pre-cleanser to dry skin, massaging in, then adding water and finally, rinsing.
Step 2: Cleanse
The second cleanse is important for detoxifying and purifying the skin so that its really as clean as it can be. This step is simple, just foam up your cleanser with some water, lather on the face, and rinse.
Step 3: Exfoliate
Exfoliating is one of the most important steps in any skincare routine. Once the skin is clean and prepped, its time to polish the skin to remove any dead cells and allow the products in the next steps really work their magic after they've been applied. Brooke recommends trying a combination physical and chemical exfoliant, working into the skin for a few minutes for best results. Pro tip: try gently exfoliating under the eyes to banish milia (tiny white bumps under the eyes).
Step 4: Tone
Now its time to layer on the topical products that will aid in regenerating the skin's texture overnight. Toning the skin is an important step for shielding the skin form stressors that can cause irritation and premature aging. Spray your face evenly with toner and allow to air dry before moving on.
Step 5: Super Serum
If you're really looking for that boost in your every day glow, this could be the step you're missing out on. Brooke suggests using a high-quality serum all over the face post-exfoliation to achieve optimal results. Her super serum of choice, Dermalogica Retinol Clearing Oil uses a combination of retinol and salicylic acid in an oil base to reduce fine lines, hyper-pigmentation, signs of aging, and breakouts -- all while keeping the skin moisturized.
Step 6: Attend to the Eyes
No matter your age, attending the skin around your eyes is a must. Brooke explains the skin around the eye area is around ten times more delicate as the rest of the face, meaning it requires very special and gentle attention. She advocates for an eye cream formulated with retinol to help smooth texture, diminish dark circles, correct signs of aging and prevent future damage. A grain of rice sized amount is all you need; distribute evenly around the orbital bones and eye area using your ring finger.
Step 7: Lock in Moisture
We've reached the final step of our skincare ritual! It's now time to lock in all the hard work we just did with a hydrating night-time moisturizer. Slather on a generous amount and work evenly into the skin for to hydrate and allow the skin to repair itself as you rest.
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Get the Best Sleep of Your Life with Tips from Wellness Expert, Lauren Roxburgh
We consulted wellness expert Lauren Roxburgh of The Aligned Life to share some of her best practices, in addition to some of our own tips for a better night’s sleep. If you struggle falling or staying asleep at night, try incorporating some (or all) of these tips into your evening routine - you can thank us later.
1. Say “lights out” to your tech:Lauren recommends turning off cellphones, laptops and TV screens at least 2 hours before bedtime. Spending too much time looking at screens can have Negative effects on our ability to produce melatonin, an important hormone for sleep. Research also suggests that excessive exposure to the light from screens reduces our ability to fall asleep, disrupts REM sleep and can inhibit brain-alertness the next day -- no, thank you! If you really can’t part with your screen for whichever reason, Lauren recommends wearing blue-light blocking eye glasses to reduce eyestrain. We also love wearing sleep masks to block out any sliver of potentially disruptive light.
2. Prep your body for sleep:Setting aside time to gently move your body before bed helps to relax the nervous system and calmly prep the body for sleep. Plus, it feels amazing. Try incorporating stretching, foam rolling, self-massage or even gentle yoga into your routine for maximum relaxation. Lauren has developed her own line of foam rollers and other tension-relieving tools which work wonders on the body. Her rolling routine videos are a great place to start if you’re new to the practice.
3. Dress for sleep success:What you wear to bed actually impacts the quality of your rest. The Alaska Sleep Clinic recommends wearing loose-fitting garments made of 100% cotton as the best option for sleep. They insist natural fibres are the least likely to cause skin irritations or rashes. Our premium cotton pyjama sets are great for restless sleepers and those with sensitive skin. The comfortable fit allows for a great range of motion and the 100%
Turkish Cotton ensures your skin stays happy and healthy all night long.