Our Ultimate 5-Minute Night Time Routine
Studies show that a solid night’s sleep is essential to keep our minds and bodies healthy, happy and functioning well. Unsurprisingly the skin is no exception - a good sleep tends to guarantee a better glow in the morning. It’s all because our skin cells go into overdrive at night to help repair damage incurred in the day – whether from UV rays, environmental pollutants, stress or other aggressors.
Skin is particularly permeable at night too, meaning it’s more likely to lose moisture, but also to be receptive to skincare. Thus evening is the ideal time to apply targeted skincare, whether that’s pumping it full of hydration or providing ingredients to address specific skin concerns like congestion or pigmentation.
Here’s how to make the most of your beauty sleep.
STEP ONE: CLEANSE
Cleansing properly is the single most effective thing that you can do for your skin before bed and is essential to remove makeup, pollutants and grime from the day. Failing to do so can leave the complexion looking dull, dry and breakout prone.
Those who wear makeup or spend time in polluted environments should consider double cleansing. This involves cleaning skin twice in a single sitting to tackle different impurity kinds and ensure it is spotless. First, use an oil-based cleanser or micellar water to wipe off makeup, oil and surface dirt. Next, cleanse with a gel or cream to slay away dead skin cells and further clear pores.
Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleaning Oil, £16
Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash, £24
STEP TWO: EXFOLIATE
For the first signs of aging, consider exfoliating skin with a gentle chemical exfoliate before bed. Doing so helps to achieve clearer pores and smoother, more radiant skin.
Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate, £41
STEP THREE: SERUM
At night, it’s generally thought best to pick formulas that focus on hydration, while Vitamin C or antioxidant-rich options are ideal for day. Kiehl’s best-selling Midnight Recovery Concentrate is the perfect all-rounder for all skin types.
Midnight Recovery Concentrate, £38
STEP FOUR: OVERNIGHT MASK
For added care, opt for an overnight mask to target specific skin concerns. Overnight masks are also great for those that don’t have 15mins to spare during the day – just apply these over your serum a few days a week (check instructions first) and let them work their magic while you sleep.
Best for dehydrated skin:
Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask, £34
Best for skin exposed to daily pollution:
Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque, £34
Best for skin that needs anti-aging firmness:
Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask, £44