Valentine’s Day is almost here and it’s time to start spreading the love — starting with your skin.
Instead of focusing all of your efforts on pampering your sweetheart, take some time for yourself and show your skin how much you really care. One of the best ways to do that is by establishing a nightly routine to help your skin look and feel healthier.
Research has shown us that new skin cells grow faster when you sleep, so it is important to rid your skin of the day’s damage and debris to help give your skin the opportunity to repair itself overnight.
The first step in your nightly routine is to wash your skin. Find a gentle cleanser that will help remove all of your makeup, oils and dirt build-up from the day. Avoid excessively hot water, which can dry your skin and worsen the appearance of wrinkles.
Next, freshen your skin and shrink your pores with a gentle toner. Avoid toners containing alcohol, which can dry and irritate the skin. Toners remove residual minerals from your soap and can help shrink pores by reducing deep-seated oils and restore the natural pH to your skin.
After that, make sure to moisturize your face and neck with a “non-comedogenic” moisturizer (one that doesn’t lead to acne). Look for nighttime-specific moisturizers with antioxidants and vitamin C. Products that contain retinol are also especially helpful in reducing fine lines and wrinkles and other signs of photoaging.
Your dermatologist can also recommend prescription creams and treatments specific to your skin type, which are even more effective at restoring a youthful, healthy appearance to your skin.
Finally, make sure you’re taking care of your health. Proper diet, nutrition and getting enough sleep will all help give your skin a healthy appearing glow.
Need some help deciding which skincare products are right for your nightly skincare routine? Schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists and start showing your skin some much-needed love!