It’s not officially winter (Saturday, December 21st), however it’s time to make some adjustments to combat the effects of this cold weather we’re having off and on. Let’s see what winter nighttime skincare practices are important to save you from dry, dull and itchy skin during the cold elements of winter.
First, did you know that your skin function changes in the evening?
At night when it’s dark outside:
- The water content in the cells is the lowest due to trans-epidermal water loss
- Your skin’s protective barrier function is decreased so there is more permeability (which is why you always want to add a serum to your nighttime skin care routine)
- Your skin’s detox enzymes are released
- Cell division is increased
- Mitochondrial energy is renewed overnight
- DNA repair and renewal are active
Rules to Winter Nighttime Skincare
To get the most benefit from your nighttime skin care routine, you must be using the right products and apply them in the right order. This will give you the best results to create the most improvement in your skin while you sleep at night
- After you wash your face, you have a 60-second window to get your toner on before moisture evaporation occurs.
- Your nighttime skin care routine is all about repairing your skin while your morning routine is mainly about protection from the environment.
- It’s easy to feel lazy at night and not complete your routine? Try to do it earlier in the evening, just after the sun goes down.
Never skip using moisturizer at night thinking that your skin needs to “breathe”.
Skipping out on your moisturizer will result in water loss for your skin cells.
- Facial oils are not ideal to use in the morning to avoid interfering with the daytime protection you need from your sunscreen. Skin oils in their pure form may dissolve your sunscreen throughout the day, like the way that your natural oils can.
- Use products for your nighttime skin care routine that are made for your unique skin type. Check out the list of products and the suggested order of using them.
Cleanser - To remove your face makeup during your nighttime skin care routine, it is always suggested using a cleansing lotion (not a foaming gel), this will do a better job at properly removing makeup.
Toner - Apply an alcohol-free toner, wipe over the entire face and neck, and leave damp.
Eye Cream (optional) - use a nourishing eye cream, especially as part of your nighttime skin care routine when you’re not having to deal with sun exposure or wearing makeup.
Moisturizer - a moisturizer for nighttime use is simply one that doesn’t include sunscreen. They don’t have to be greasy or heavy, but it does need to be for your skin type.
Acne spot treatment (optional) - Use the same way in the morning by wiping away the area you want to treat before applying your favorite blemish treatment.
Pat a facial oil over moisturizer (optional) - For dry skin types, and for those in climates with low humidity, a skin oil can be a great way to provide a protective seal over the skin to prevent moisture evaporation. It’s essential that you use a facial oil in this order in your routine and not any time before.