The older I get, the more important skincare is to me. I’ve already written about some of the basics you need to know in order to protect your skin from aging, even while you’re still in your 20s. Healthy, glowing skin starts from the inside. Have you ever caught a glimpse in the mirror after a stressful night with little to no sleep? You may have noticed that these kinds of situations can wreak havoc on the appearance of your skin.
Consistency is key when it comes to skin care. If your skin is chronically stressed for any reason, it can result in a breakdown of collagen. In fact, even skin irritation that you don’t detect—such as mild irritation from fragrances—can cause collagen breakdown.
To keep your skin hydrated, irritation-free, healthy and glowing, consider adding these five skin care practices to your nighttime routine.
First of all, it’s vital to get makeup, dirt and any other contaminants off of your skin before you go to sleep. These days, some beauty gurus recommend a Korean skin care technique called double cleansing. First, you go over your skin with an oil-based cleanser to dissolve makeup and debris. Then, you wash your skin a second time with a more traditional cleanser to get down into the pores to dissolve dirt. The oil protects the skin from dryness caused by over-washing, while the two cleanses ensure that your pores are completely free and clear for the night.
Now, for some, this might be overkill. If you don’t wear a ton of makeup, a solid, effective cleanser should do the trick. But here’s what you should look for: a non-drying, gentle cleanser that won’t irritate your skin, strip it of its natural oils, or upset its pH balance. Even acne-prone skin types will be best served with a hydrating, moisturizing cleanser, rather than a drying one.
I’m personally loving this Heimish All Clean Balm for my first cleanse, and Drunk Elephant’s Pekee Bar for my second cleanse. Cetaphil’s Hydrating Cleanser is also of good quality, but I try to avoid using products that aren’t cruelty-free.
Seal in Moisture
To keep your skin healthy and hydrated, you need to seal water in. Invest in a good, fragrance-free moisturizer—and as mentioned before, don’t shy away from effective moisturizers if you’re acne-prone. I like to layer a moisturizer on top of a light facial oil, but again, that might be overkill for some. One or the other is perfectly fine if your skin doesn’t feel dry or tight.
The most important piece comes after you’ve found a good moisturizer: applying it correctly. Be sure to apply your moisturizer right after you’ve showered or cleansed your face. Don’t even leave the bathroom until you’ve moisturized. You want your skin to still be slightly damp so that your moisturizer creates a barrier, sealing in hydration and preventing water loss.
Turmeric is a fantastic spice for beauty. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, so it does wonders for the skin. Skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and eczema are all caused by inflammation. After your last meal of the day, mix a ½ tablespoon of turmeric into a warm cup of almond milk to help settle your stomach and reduce inflammation.
Drink Triphala Powder
An hour before going to bed, it’s time to take your second beauty cocktail: a teaspoon of triphala powder mixed with hot water. Triphala powder is an ayurvedic ingredient that’s known not only for its digestion-promoting benefits, but also its anti-cancer properties.
Triphala powder’s main benefit for the skin is that it helps gently promote regular bowel movements without causing diarrhea or having a strong laxative effect. This gentle digestive help will help keep your intestines and colon clean, helping to keep your skin clear and glowing. As a bonus, the water you’ll consume when drinking your triphala powder (and your turmeric!) will lend hydration to your body.
Sleep for At Least 7 Hours
Finally, it’s no secret that good sleep is important for glowing skin. There’s a reason they call it “beauty sleep.” When you haven’t gotten enough sleep, lines and wrinkles become more pronounced. Get a good night sleep by establishing a nighttime routine and going to bed at a similar time every night. I’ll be sharing more nighttime routine tips soon — stay tuned!
This post is adapted from an article I originally wrote for Care2. You can find it here!