February 11, 2016
Beauty sleep: My nighttime skincare regime.
Today I woke up after a good 8 hours sleep feeling fabulous. No puffy eyes or dehydrated skin… That is what I call “beauty sleep”.
Our skin regenerates and heals at night while we sleep, which is why it is essential that we cleanse thoroughly to make sure all those little skin cells at the bottom of the epidermis can fight their way up to the dermis easily.
Cleanse: I use the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. This balm is beautifully formulated with Vitamin E and sea fennel to purify and rebalance, sweet almond oil to hydrate and sooth, and rose and jasmine extracts to brighten. Paired with the cleansing cloth, (which, by the way, feels like silk on the skin although it is 100% cotton on one side, and micro fibre on the other for slight exfoliation), the cleanser melts away all makeup and leaves you feeling beautifully clean and hydrated.
Exfoliate: I exfoliate once or twice a week depending on the condition of my skin. I really dislike using abrasive scrubs on my face, just the thought of scratchy beads makes me shiver. I tried Colbert Intensify Facial Discs for the first time around a year ago and have never looked back since. I recommend them to everyone. Made to tackle dry, dull skin and hyper pigmentation, they really and truly work wonders. If I have a breakout, I'll scrub the affected area a little bit more and in the morning 9 times out of 10 it's gone. They come in a foil sachet pre-moistened, super quick and easy, just use for 60 seconds in circular motions all over the face and neck area.
Serum: I'm currently using the 111 Aqua Skin Booster, which can be used mixed in with other products for that extra boost of moisture. Created specifically for dry skin - it is perfect for in between seasons to combat and replenish any dry areas. It is paraben, paraffin, silicone, sulphate and oil free. I mix mine with an oil at night time.
Oil: Instead of using moisturiser at night, I like to use an oil. At the moment I’m switching between two.
The Emma Hardie Brilliance Facial oil, which is made up of 9 essential oils and 5 plant oils. Pretty impressive… Hydrating, smoothing and anti-ageing, could you want anything more from an oil? Due to incredibly popular demand, it can sometimes be a little hard to get hold of…
The other oil I love is the Balm Balm Little Miracle Rose Hip Serum. 100% organic, which I LOVE. It’s called a serum but is made up of 8 carrier oils, sinks into the skin quickly and leaves you feeling plump and rejuvenated in the morning.
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Eye cream: In the evening I like to use the Caudalie Resveratroll eye cream. This one is more of a balmy texture, works on tackling dark circles and puffiness and fine lines. I like that I can use this one all over my eyelid too, instead of the usual orbital bone… I have noticed a difference in the morning with regards to not looking like I have been punched in the face…. No black eyes for me.
Lip Balm: I’m BIG on lip balms. I can barely go a few hours a day without reapplying. At night I use the Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm, which I have to say, I am so super impressed with. I wake up still feeling the remnants from the night before application and having had really dry chapped lips, this was the only balm that saved them. Being matte in texture it is also really handy for men.
Castor Oil: This is a recent addition to my skincare routine. I am currently testing whether or not it is going to work. I use castor oil on my hair as a treatment/mask, because it is good for hair growth and maintaining healthy hair. I had a thought and wondered if it would be good for eyebrow and eyelash growth too.
So I’m currently testing for 3 months whether it makes a difference to my eyelashes and eyebrows...
Castor Oil is also the first ingredient in the world renowned ‘Revitalash’ serum that helps with lash growth. So far it has made my lashes and eyebrows feel incredibly soft; but I've not noticed any difference in growth as yet. I’ll let you know how I get on.
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What do you use at nighttime? Do you know of anything extraordinary I should try?