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A Step-by-Step Nighttime Skincare Routine & Why it's so Important.
It’s no secret that having a consistent skincare routine before bed is important. You may be wondering “why is it so important, though?”. Being consistent with your skincare before bed is important for radiant and healthy skin. During the day, our skin can be exposed to a multitude of different environment stressors such as dirt, pollution, and UV rays. The last thing we want is our pores getting clogged and breaking out because we didn’t “wash the day away” before bed. So, when you have a consistent skincare routine before bed, you can ensure that you’re removing any impurities that have accumulated throughout the day. And going a step forward and not just cleansing your face, but using products that will nourish and hydrate your skin overnight while you sleep, can further set you up for radiant and glowing skin!
What Products Should You Use in Your Nighttime Skincare Routine?
Of course the first step to any good skincare routine is using a quality facial cleanser. Just like we said above, throughout the day your skin can pick up various environmental stressors that can cause breakouts such as pollutants and dirt. When you use a gentle yet effective facial cleanser, you can assure that you’re removing these impurities and prepping your skin for the absorption of the subsequent products in your nighttime skincare routine! Using a facial cleanser to remove the impurities that build up throughout the day will also give your skin a chance to breathe at night. Don't ever skip out on cleansing your face with a good facial cleanser, it's an essential step! For a more in depth look at the benefits of facial cleansers, check out our "Top 5 Facial Cleanser Benefits"
2 - Exfoliators
A product that you should be incorporating into your nighttime skincare routine a few times a week is a quality exfoliator. Exfoliating your skin after cleansing takes it a step further to really unclog those pores and get rid of any buildup from not just the environmental factors, but your everyday make up wear and dead skin cells that buildup as well. Remember, we shed skin cells every 2 - 4 weeks, so sloughing off dead skin to make way for brighter healthier skin, is key to achieving radiance. Not only will using an exfoliator help to improve your complexion, but it will further help your skin to absorb the subsequent products in your nighttime skincare routine!
3 - Toners
Using a non drying facial toner as part of your nighttime skincare routine is incredibly beneficial. Not only will using a toner improve the pH balance of your face, but it will also provide extra cleansing and further prep your skin for your subsequent nighttime skincare products! Using a toner can be thought of as the “last step” of the cleansing of your face, and can remove anything that may have been missed when using your facial cleanser weekly exfoliation. Toners can also provide another layer of hydration for your skin before bed, and can even help strengthen the skin barrier. Overall, using a facial toner will help to cleanse, hydrate, balance your pH, and prepare your skin for subsequent before bed skincare products!
4 - Facial Oils & Serums
Using facial oils or serums before bed is so beneficial for your skin and should be a part of your before bed skincare routine. Facial oils and serums have been known to aid in rejuvenating and nourishing your skin overnight. Did you know that our skin naturally begins a natural regeneration process overnight? Applying a quality facial oil or serum can help give a good boost to this process and can help deliver a high concentration of active ingredients that many facial oils and serums are packed with such as antioxidants, vitamins, and peptides to help aid in specific skin concerns!
When it comes to serums, finding a vitamin C serum can really be beneficial because vitamin C has so many benefits for the skin such as anti-aging benefits, and helps to build collagen production which results in a more youthful appearance. According to Annie Chiu MD, “serums typically offer the highest concentration of active vitamin C and tend to have better skin penetration compared to other products, like creams and cleansers” as noted in this article by SELF.
5 - Eye Cream (If Needed)
The addition of a great eye cream can be beneficial to your nighttime skincare routine. If you notice dark circles, wrinkles, and dullness around the eyes, adding in an eye cream is a must! Ensure that the eye cream you choose also has retinol. Retinol promotes collagen production and improves skin tone and texture. The skin around our eyes are thinner and more susceptible to dryness, so incorporating an eye cream with just the right amount of Retinol in your nighttime skincare routine, can give your delicate eye area a much needed boost in hydration and nourishment!
6 - Moisturizer
Make sure to replenish your face as the last step in your nighttime skin care routine with a quality moisturizer. During the day our skin loses moisture and can become dry. When you finish off your nighttime skincare routine with a nourishing moisturizer, you’re not only hydrating your skin, but you’re also giving it a protective barrier that will help to lock in the moisture overnight, and protect the products that you applied beforehand so you can maximize the benefits of each product! Aside from hydrating your skin, moisturizers can also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and promote firmness of your skin.
Your Step-by-Step Nighttime Skincare Routine
Now that you know which products you should incorporate into your nighttime skincare routine, let’s get into the exact way you should layer these products and how to effectively use them!
5 Step Nighttime Skincare Routine
- Step 1: Apply a facial cleanser to damp skin. Cleanse the skin thoroughly in a circular motion and rinse with warm water.
- Step 2: Apply your exfoliator to a damp face and start applying at the cheeks upwards toward your nose and forehead, avoiding the eye area. Use on your face and and/or body 2 – 3 times per week for healthier, smoother, more radiant looking skin.
- Step 3: Apply your face serum. Use 1-3 drops to promote hydration and a radiant glow!
- Step 4: Apply your eye cream by using your ring finger to gently tap the product around the eye area. Start at the inner corner underneath your eye, applying small dots in a semi-circle up to your brow bone.
- Step 5: Apply your moisturizer or a beauty balm to hydrate your skin, and create a protective layer over your skin.
- Step 6: Apply your face oil to lock in all the goodness of your products, and to give your skin an added boost of nourishment with cold-pressed seed oils before bed.
After This Dreamy Nighttime Skincare Routine You'll be Ready to Drift Off to Sleep And Wake With Radiant Skin!
Now that you know all of the products you should be using in your nighttime skincare routine, you’re set for bed and are setting your skin up for rejuvenation and a radiant morning glow! And don’t worry, you don’t need all of these products to make a big difference in your skin. We at least suggest a quality cleanser, exfoliator, facial oil/serum, and a moisturizer as part of your simple 4 step skincare routine! Have questions about your current skincare routine or any of our products? Drop a comment below and we’d be more than happy to assist you! And make sure to follow us over on Instagram where we share more tips and tricks regarding your skincare!
The Best 2023 Fall Skincare Routine – What to Add When Summer Fades to Fall
Fall is here as we feel the change with cooler weather, see the days getting shorter, and back-to-school and work schedule ‘hustle’ upon us here in New England. As we look forward to this transition in seasons, we need to consider how to care for our skin when the temperature starts to drop. Summertime skincare products will most likely be shelved, and the richer, more hydrating options will now be at your fingertips. It’s now time to adapt your product lineup to meet the needs of your skin! Lucky for you, we have all of the tips and recommendations on what products you should be using in your fall skin care routine, so let's dive in!
Cleanser and Moisturizer – Is That Enough?
What Steps to Add in your Fall Skincare Routine & What Products to Use
Load Up on The Moisturizer, Including Eye Cream
Which Moisturizer is Best for My Skin?
Maintain Youthful-Looking Skin - Our skin is continuously renewing itself, exposing the new skin to dryness and the elements. The most sensitive areas that also reveal signs of aging are our hands, neck and chest, forehead and under-eye. Keeping these target areas protected with moisture will aid in repairing cells faster, and keep your skin looking youthful. Moisturizers made with natural ingredients such as shea butter, essential oils, and botanicals can pack quite a moisture punch, and really work to maintain skin tone, texture and hydration.
Prevents Premature Aging - With the breakdown of collagen and elastin as we age, wrinkles will naturally appear. You can prolong their appearance by protecting your skin: avoid sun exposure, manage stress, eat healthy foods packed with vitamins & minerals and consistently moisturize with effective ingredients. Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize. Starting a healthy natural skincare routine early is key to having long, lasting beautiful skin.
Face Masks For A Boost In Hydration
Benefits of Adding a Face Mask to Your Fall Skincare Routine
Adding a face mask weekly to your routine will provide multiple benefits to the overall healthy of your skin. Aside from a little TLC, let’s uncover what a mask can actually do.
Unclog And Decongest Pores - A face mask formulated with earths precious Clays are the chief ingredient that will help remove dirt and congestion and absorb excess oil produced by the skin. They also aid in sloughing the buildup of dead skin cells, revealing cleaner, fresher, newer skin beneath. Clean pores mean fewer chances of eruptions and breakouts. The right ingredients will detoxify and clarify the skin.
Boost Hydration - Masks help in stimulating blood circulation. Applying a clay mask, letting it absorb, and then removing it expands the blood vessels in our skin. A hydrating mask will deliver an intensive burst of nourishing and therapeutic skin care ingredients in a highly concentrated form to quench your skin.
Gateway to Better Skin - Masks clear the way for your other products to work effectively. They help in aiding those products to now be absorbed correctly into the skin. Why put a beautiful botanical serum and moisturizer on skin that is clogged, congested and dull? Clear the way to getting results by adding a mask to your Fall skincare routine.
Cut Back On the Exfoliating Scrub, But DONT Skip It!
Exfoliation is a necessary step to deep clean your pores and remove dead skin build up without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Our skin exposure to the elements of cold, wind and frigid temperatures weakens the skin barrier, causing our skin to be more vulnerable to irritation and dryness. Reduce your exfoliation to once in two weeks with a gentle scrub, followed by a serum and moisturizer. The combination of finely crushed walnut herbal powder infused with an aromatic blend of organic Lavender and Rosemary essential oil, Grapeseed oil and Vitamin E, will gently polish and wash away dead skin cells, leaving your skin extra soft, clear and lightly moisturized.
Switch to a Hydrating Toner
Add a Serum to Your Fall Skincare Routine
Will You Be Making These Changes to Your Fall Skincare Routine?
Just as you adapt your wardrobe to the change in seasons, the same applies to your skincare routine. Protection and prevention are paramount when it comes to temperature change, so ramping up your routine to fit those needs just makes sense. Go ahead and swap out the cleanser, level-up that moisturizer and add in a serum, mask and ever-so-important eye cream. Your skin will look brighter and healthier, with a radiant, natural glow! Keep an eye out, here soon we will be releasing our NEWEST formula "Replenish Retinol Cream"! This formula will be ready in time for Christmas and will make the perfect addition to your fall and winter skincare routines! Have questions on a fall skincare routine perfect for you? Comment below! We'd love to help you find the perfect products for you.
The Importance of Knowing How Your Skincare is Sourced
Your Skin Is Your Body's Largest Organ
The Sourcing of Skincare Ingredients
Natural ingredients in skin care products are sourced from plants, minerals, and other natural substances. Some common natural ingredients include aloe vera, coconut oil, shea butter, lavender, green tea, and different fruit extracts. In addition to vitamin content, antioxidants, and other beneficial compounds, these ingredients can nourish and protect the skin. For those with sensitive skin or those who are seeking a more environmentally friendly option, natural ingredients are often free of harsh chemicals and synthetic additives.
Synthetic ingredients are commonly used in skin care products for many different reasons. Developed in a laboratory, these ingredients are specifically designed to mimic the substances found in the skin. They can provide moisturization, UV protection, and anti-aging properties. With that being said, some synthetic ingredients may cause irritation or allergic reactions in some people. The long-term effects of synthetic ingredients on the skin and overall health are also being debated. If you plan to use products that contain synthetic ingredients, you should carefully read and research the ingredients beforehand.
The Role of Ingredients in Skincare
Understanding how each ingredient plays into your skincare products is incredibly important, not only because your skin is the largest organ on your body and you should want to know what’s being absorbed into it, but for several other reasons as well!
1. Skin Sensitivity and Allergies: Some ingredients may cause skin sensitivity or allergies. By knowing what's in your skincare, you can avoid products that contain substances your skin reacts negatively to. Some common skin irratants found in skincare are Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, Propylene glycol, Formaldehyde releasers, Salicylic acid, Metals and Fragrance.
2 - Effectiveness: Different ingredients have different purposes for skin conditions. Knowing what ingredients address your specific skin concerns allows you to choose products that are tailored to your needs!
3 - Long-term Health: Some skincare ingredients have potential long-term health effects, such as exposure to harmful chemicals. Being aware of these risks helps you to make informed choices when it comes to your skincare. Believe it or not, you skincare is related to your overall health, and not just the health of your skin!
4 - The Impact on the Environment: Unfortunately, the beauty industry has a significant environmental footprint. The demand for exotic ingredients and excessive packaging contribute to waste and carbon emissions. Some of the worst ingredients for our planet that are commonly found in skincare are, Exfoliating Microbeads, Preservatives like BHA and BHT, Phthalates, Triclosan, Synthetic Fragrances, Silicones and Chemical Sunscreens, just to name a few.
By choosing skincare products with responsibly sourced ingredients and eco-friendly packaging, you can reduce your environmental impact! Here at RENU, this is an incredibly important topic. Most of the ingredients we use in our products are sourced from Brittish Columbia, which adheres to strict regulatory standards. We ensure our ingredients are responsibly sourced, and offer not only the option to ship our products without product boxes, but we use responsible packaging to ensure we aren't only taking great care of your skin, but the environment as well.
The Purity and Efficiency of Small Batch Products
Supporting Ethical Practices
Will You Be Keeping a Closer Eye on Your Skincare Products?
So, in the world of skincare, knowing where your products come from, how they're sourced, and what ingredients they contain is far more important and not just a personal preference. It's about taking responsibility for your skin's health, making informed choices, and contributing to a more sustainable and ethical beauty industry! Next time you reach for that skincare product, take a moment to research and consider its origins! Your skin and the planet will thank you for it. And, you deserve skincare that’s actually good for you!
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