Eight steps to the perfect before bed skincare routine

Here at Direct Cosmetics, we have our morning skincare routines all sorted out, but we don’t think we’re alone in saying that we don’t pay enough attention to our skin before we sleep. In the day our skin is exposed to all kinds of pollutants – not to mention UV light from the sun. What should you be doing before you go to bed to keep your skin in tip-top shape for the next day?

#1 Wash your face
After a long day at work or a night out on the town, washing your face might not seem a particularly pressing issue before you catch some sleep, but it’s extremely important. Without taking the time to clear out your pores, all the grime and pollutants that have accumulated during the day will stay in place. Adding products over these clogged pores will only make the problem worse.
#2 Exfoliate
The best time to exfoliate is undoubtedly before bed. Exfoliating in the morning can mean that the lower layers of your skin are more exposed to sunlight and other damaging pollutants – so be sure to get it done in the evening, allowing your skin to recover overnight.
#3 Moisturise thoroughly
A higher body temperature when you sleep means that you’ll sweat more, losing increased amounts of moisture from your skin. If you suffer from dry skin, it’s particularly important to moisturise thoroughly before you head to bed.
#4 Look after your eyes
As well as standard moisturiser, it’s a good idea to use some eye cream to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Apply the eye cream gently, and at least half an hour before sleep, or else the product could end up irritating your eyes.
#5 Don’t neglect your lips
If your lips are chapped, the nighttime is perfect for letting them recover. You can help them along a little bit by using a toothbrush and water to remove the dead skin. A specialist lip repair product will give your lips even more of a boost, should they need it.
#6 Wear loose-fitting nightwear
Loose nightwear will let the skin breathe and repair itself naturally, so make sure that your pyjamas aren’t too tight or restrictive when you turn in. It’s important to allow air to your skin while you sleep, even in winter!
#7 Sleep on your back
If you can, try and change your sleeping position so that you’re not sleeping on your face. Compressing your skin will, again, prevent it from breathing and repairing itself. The compressed skin receives restricted circulation, potentially becoming damaged and leading to wrinkles. Sleeping on your back, propping your head up with an additional pillow or switching to silk sheets should help to reduce this.
#8 Get a good night’s sleep
If you’re only catching a few hours sleep each night, your body won’t have time to recover from a hard day’s work. Aim for at least eight hours a night to reduce those dark circles. Even the best skincare routine is no replacement for a good night’s sleep!
Following our nighttime skincare routine will banish puffy eyes, dark circles and dry skin and let you wake up with a healthy glow and stunningly smooth skin! Take a look at our full range of skincare products to see how Direct Cosmetics can help you keep your skin looking and feeling great.

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