Bedtime rituals serve as end-of-day relaxation and winding down strategies. A healthy beauty regimen practiced consistently plays a big part in maintaining radiant skin and waking up rested. In the course of the day, the skin is exposed to various harmful elements that could lead to imperfections and skin disorders. Taking the appropriate steps to allow the skin to breathe, heal and renew itself helps to improve skin tone, prevent or reduce blemishes and restore that youthful healthy glow.

 

Pre-wash Cleansing

Makeup and grime can clog up pores, resulting in skin imperfections such as blackheads, acne and uneven skin tone. Begin your bedtime ritual by removing the day’s makeup and grime using makeup remover and a cotton pad. The process can be as simple as using readily available products such as petroleum jelly or baby oil especially around the eye area where skin is more fragile. Apply a warmed-up dab of petroleum jelly on each eyelid. Massage gently to dissolve stubborn eye makeup then use cotton pads to wipe off excess product.

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Skin Cleansing

Makeup remover is not sufficient to clean the skin. Follow up with warm water and a gentle facial wash preferably in liquid form. Avoid using soap as this tends to dry the skin. Gentle cleansers, such as products made especially for baby skin, are better options. Watch out for products containing sodium lauryl sulfate as this ingredient can be harsh on skin.

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There are many cleansing products to choose from with each one targeted to a particular skin type or condition. Browse the array of products by Biotherm Singapore to find a suitable skin cleansing product formulated for your needs.

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Make sure to rinse off the cleanser completely as any residue could irritate the skin. Pat the skin dry instead of dragging the towel across your skin.

 

Toners, Astringents and Pore Treatments

Even after the pre-cleansing and washing process, fine traces of oil and dirt may be still be present on the skin surface. Toners help to remove fine traces of oil, dirt, and make-up that may have been missed when cleansing. Like skin cleansers, toners are formulated for specific skin types. Oily skin can tolerate witch hazel-based products that can be drying for skin types already affected by lack of moisture. For dry skin, use products that contain hyaluronic acid,glycerin or panthenol.

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Night time exfoliation benefits the skin because it can breathe and recover during the downtime. Exfoliation sloughs off dead cells to allow more efficient absorption of skin products. However, exfoliation should be done no more than once or twice weekly to avoid over-stressing the skin. Exfoliants typically contain glycolic acid, lactic acid, or malic acid.

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The lips need gentle exfoliation using a soft cleansing cloth moistened with warm water. Rub gently to remove dead skin cells before applying lip balm to moisturize and heal.

 

Moisturize and Pamper

Some skin types may benefit from nightly application of a serum such as the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum. These products are loaded with antioxidants and hyaluronic acid to moisturize and smooth out visible lines.

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Moisturizers come in cream, lotion or gel types. Choose one that is compatible with your skin type, and make surer to use it every night after the complete cleansing routine. Moisturizers should contain emollients for skin softening and humectants that promote moisture retention.

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Once or twice a week, apply a sheet mask while relaxing for the recommended amount of time. Sheet masks are infused with various botanicals to pamper the skin and promote deeper hydration, leading to dewy and luminous skin.

A healthy night-time regimen practiced consistently ensures that you wake up feeling and looking fresh, rested and ready to face the world.