Got a busy life? We get it — you’re constantly on the go with a long to-do list and probably have a small window of time to devote to skincare. However, pollution has a bigger marked impact on our skin than you think. Harmful free radicals can accelerate the ageing process, and airborne particles can clog pores and leave us with a dull, fatigued complexion. That’s why proper nighttime skincare routines — and the occasional pampering facials — are so important. We figured we’ll save you time and clue you in on our skincare secrets. Here are six easy nighttime skincare routines that’ll ensure healthy glowing skin in the AM when you wake.
Thorough makeup removal is basically a universal rule. Start your nightly routine by using an all-natural makeup remover to wash off all the cosmetics on your face. Try an organic makeup remover like Innisfree Green Tea Pure Cleansing Oil (THB 610) to melt away your stubborn makeup off. This particular cleansing oil is incredibly silky, and gentle on your skin. It consists of freshly squeezed Jeju green tea essence, which helps remove your makeup as well as locking in all the moisture on your face. Simply soak a cotton pad with the cleansing oil and wipe away the makeup.
A good cleanse never ends with just makeup removal. We call this double-cleansing — removing the makeup and then doing a deep cleanse to get rid of all the pesty impurities that might clog your pores. For this second step, try Fresh Soy Face Cleanser (THB 1,620). With an amino acid-rich and soy protein formula, this cleanser keeps your skin moisturised and helps maintain elasticity. Apply a nickel-size amount of this aromatic cleanser to damp skin, gently massage it onto your skin and then rinse it off thoroughly with lukewarm water.
After cleansing, rejuvenate and refine your skin with a face toner. Often overlooked, toners are actually essential in balancing the pH of your skin, tightening your pores, killing blemish-causing bacteria and hydrating your skin. And SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (THB 2,800) does all of the above. Highly, regarded as ‘miracle water’ for the skin, this nourishing toner is made up of 90% pitera, which is SK-II’s signature ingredient in restoring the softness and smoothness of our skin. Pour the essence onto a cotton pad and apply it to both face and neck by gently pressing the essence into the skin.
Level up your facial skincare routine by applying serum, which is a super-effective way to treat your skin with vital antioxidants, extracts and peptides. Estee Lauder’s Advance Night Repair (THB 4,600) should definitely be added to your beauty cabinet. A keen anti-ager, this gel-like serum will not only significantly minimise your skin imperfections but also get rid of those annoying fine lines. Apply tiny dots of serum all over your face and then massage them gently into your skin with your fingertips.
Moisturising is an absolute must before you go to bed. When you wash your face, some of the natural oils — that’s actually good for you — will also get washed away alongside with any impurities and makeup. That’s why your face can be extremely dehydrated at night if you don’t take a little extra time out to plump up skin with a good moisturiser. For the best result, try Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Gel (THB 1,950) , which offers immediate relief from tightness and dryness. With this nourishing gel formula, this night cream is not oily at all, perfect for those who live in tropical climates.
Before you indulge in beauty sleep, don’t forget to apply eye cream.Without any oil glands, the eye area is probably the most sensitive and delicate part of your face. To prevent puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles, try Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (THB 1,400). It’s basically our newest obsession. Enriched with highly-active ingredients, including avocado oil, shea butter and beta carotene, this eye cream will hydrate your skin with vital nutrients and brighten up your eyes in no time.