Good intentions are unfortunately not enough when it comes to skincare. We all know how it goes—it’s the end of a long day, you’re exhausted, you have a million things to do, and the last thing on your mind is making sure you’re treating your skin well. Neglecting your skincare at night, however, can have long-term impact on skin health and beauty. Haphazard beauty routines can easily lead to problems like acne, clogged pores, and even premature aging. With this in mind, it’s important to assess your skincare routine and see what you could be doing better to keep your skin youthful and glowing. So how does your routine stack up? For best results, you should be following these steps.
1. Take off That Makeup & Dirt…Gently
Makeup can take a long time to apply, and it may be a hassle or feel like a waste to wash your face every night before you go to bed, but a thorough and gentle wash with a facial cleanser is a must to avoid clogging your pores, drying you out, or otherwise damaging the delicate facial skin. Even if you don’t wear makeup, dirt and oil buildup can have many of the same consequences as leaving makeup on too long. Be sure to use lukewarm water when you wash, and exfoliate your skin a few times a week to help keep it soft, smooth, and youthful.
2. Consider Retinol or Peptides
Speaking of youth, there are some buzzwords in anti-aging skincare these days, and two of them are retinol/retinoids and peptides. These are common ingredients in skincare products, and they tend to have an air of mystique about them to people who aren’t familiar with what they can do. Retinol is a form of vitamin A that acts as an antioxidant and helps the body to create collagen, an essential protein that helps keep skin looking young, firm, and elastic. Peptides are amino acids that also help the skin to produce collagen by signaling to the cells to begin production. These products might not be the one-step secret to beautiful skin, but they can be a powerful tool for keeping your skin looking young and beautiful.
Cleansers and anti-aging products can be drying, especially if you are exfoliating too, so it’s important to keep your skin hydrated with a non-greasy moisturizer. Even if you have oily skin, moisturizer is an important step in your routine—you just need to be careful about the kinds of products you’re using. Eye creams can be used after your regular moisturizer to help protect the sensitive skin around the eyes.
4. Use Clean Linens
Remember: dirt and oil buildup are your skin’s enemy, and one way to help prevent buildup from happening is to combine your skin cleansing with keeping your linens clean. A clean pillowcase will help you preserve the effort you put into your skincare routine, so be sure to change your sheets regularly.
5. Change Your Sleeping Habits
Unfortunately, skincare is not always limited to what you do before bed, but how you sleep once you’re there. The first step is making sure you’re getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep can age your skin over time, and have all kinds of other negative effects on your health. If you are able, you will also want to consider sleeping on your back, rather than on your side. Pressing your face into the pillow can increase wrinkling and prevent skin from breathing.
Taking Skincare a Step Further
Doing everything right but still not seeing the beautiful skin you want? Consider a skin refreshing or anti-aging treatment with a qualified dermatologist. Some popular treatments include:
- Facial Fillers
- Laser Resurfacing
- Chemical Peels
These procedures can accomplish many different goals, such as reducing wrinkles, rejuvenating the skin, tightening sagging skin, and more. If you’d like to learn more about any of these procedures, then it’s time to start looking for a qualified dermatologist.
Choosing a Cosmetic Dermatologist
If you’re interested in the aesthetics of your skin, then you are going to want to seek help from a qualified cosmetic dermatologist, like Dr. Diane Walder. Cosmetic dermatologists can diagnose and treat medical skin problems but also have expertise in skin aesthetics and can provide powerful treatments that can help improve and maintain the skin’s youth and beauty. If you would like to discuss your options with a board certified cosmetic dermatologist, come to Dr. Walder’s office in Miami for your consultation. Call (305-866-2177) today to schedule your appointment.