10 Nighttime Beauty Tips

There are morning rituals and of course specific ones for nighttime as well. Do you have a routine? Or do you just fall asleep on the couch after a glass of wine and Grey’s Anatomy? Tsk. Tsk. I have had many people tell me this scenario and that they are just too tired at the end of the day to take care of their skin. A solution leads me right to my #1 Nighttime Skincare Tip:

#1: I’m just too tired to take my makeup off at night.

Removing your makeup at night is so important. If you don’t, it can cause extensive damage to your skin during the night. The skin renews itself while you sleep, and when you leave makeup on, you are preventing that from happening. The skin ceases to breathe and fatigue signs appear soon enough. Too tired you say? Want an easy solution? When you get home from work, what’s the first thing you do? Head straight to the bedroom and take your bra off, right? Well, that’s when you go into the bathroom right then and there and remove that makeup! Then carry on with whatever you need to do…. make dinner, help the kids with homework or baths, and yes, even have that glass of wine (or two) and watch your favorite program. Just knowing you’re going to bed with cleansed skin should make you (and your skin) happy.

#2: Do I really need to double cleanse?

That depends. If you wear makeup on a daily basis, the answer would be a resounding YES! Removing your makeup with the first cleanse, and preferably an oil cleanser, will dissolve and remove the makeup. The second cleanse will then clean your skin. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

#3: What can I do about these lip lines?

A cool trick I learned many years ago is when you apply your eye cream around your peepers, put a little bit of that eye cream around the lip area as well. It will help with those fine little lines.

#4: Why does retinol only need to be applied at night?

Let’s start by saying that mostly everyone over the age of 40 should be using a retinol at night. Retinol is the #1 anti-aging ingredient out there, and is a derivative of Vitamin A. It helps promote cell turnover and prevents clogging of pores. It smooths your skin making it feel softer with a healthy glow. It helps to decrease fine lines and wrinkles, can help even skin tone and improves collagen production. But retinol can only be used at night due to its photosensitivity in the skin, which means it makes your skin more sensitive to the sun. So, do not use retinol in the AM – ever!

#5: Never skip moisturizer at night

Some people think that your skin needs to “breathe” at night – but, hey, your skin does not have a respiratory system. When you go to bed with bare skin, your skin’s moisture evaporates more resulting in dry skin cell build up. This makes your skin look dull and tired. Your skin repairs itself at night, so pick the right moisturizer for your skin type, (generally a thicker cream than your day time moisturizer) and slather that good stuff on your face, neck and decollete.

#6: Sleep with your head elevated

According to the latest data, sleeping with your head elevated can boost your health and provide better sleep. By simply raising your head a bit, you can expect more open breathing passages to improve sleep problems. It can help with sleep apnea, congestion issues, acid reflux, and even heart disease. When lying flat, you can experience too much pressure on the head. This pressure can cause the brain to get congested. This way, the level of oxygen and sugar won’t have the right circulation. Some studies have reported that elevated sleeping can help relieve over 70 percent of migraines. Interesting stuff, right?

#7: Use a silk pillowcase

Can a silk pillowcase really be the path to smoother skin and better hair? In short, yes — silk pillowcases really do make a difference. A smooth surface with very little friction means less tugging on skin than with a traditional cotton pillowcase. We get ‘crush wrinkles’ from sleeping on our side/face, so we may get less of those when sleeping on silk. Studies show that friction from tossing and turning causes creases in the skin, but a silky smooth surface can reduce that effect in the long run. And sleeping on silk is a secret that women with textured and curly hair have been using for years since the hair glides over a silk pillowcase avoiding friction. So bottom line, yes: Silk pillowcases can improve skin and hair hydration, prevent fine lines and wrinkles, and result in smoother, frizz-free hair every morning. Just don’t expect magical results.

#8: Relax your muscles

Progressive muscle relaxation is a technique that often helps sleep. And it’s easy…. slowly tense one group of muscles, hold for 5 seconds and release on a deep exhale. Relax for 10 seconds, then move on to another group of muscles. PMR not only helps with sleep, but also with lower back and neck pain, less frequency of migraines and reduces anxiety and tension.

#9: Create a bedtime routine

Do you have trouble falling sleep? Creating a calming bedtime routine may help! Taking time to wind down at the end of a hectic day by switching to an activity which can help calm your mind is one of the most helpful sleep habits to adopt. It can calm your overactive mind for a more peaceful night’s rest. Turn off your electronic devices an hour before bed as they stimulate your brain. Meditate or read before bed; listen to relaxing music; have a cup of herbal tea or diffuse essential oils. My favorite essential oil blend right now is Chill Pill by Aura Cacia, a beautiful blend of sweet orange, lavender, basil, peppermint, Roman chamomile, and patchouli.

#10: Get Your Beauty Sleep!

A restful sleep helps with brain function improving concentration and productivity. It can maximize athletic performance and improves your immune function. On the flip side, not getting the recommended 7-8 hours per night is linked to depression, increased inflammation and affects glucose metabolism. If you think you’re doing yourself a favor by sleeping in on the weekends to catch up your amount of sleep, think again. Keeping the same schedule of when you go to bed and wake up is a good habit to strive for. Along with nutrition and exercise, good sleep is one of the pillars of health. Here’s to a restful peaceful slumber!

Hope these tips help your nighttime ritual be more relaxing and beneficial to your skin and health!

What’s all the Buzz with these Skin Care Ingredients?

Proven to produce noticeable improvements in all signs of aging

Have you looked in the mirror lately and wondered, “What happened to my skin?” or “Where did this line come from?” or better yet, “Did this just pop up overnight?” Changes in your skin are inevitable as we mature, and we surely can’t stop the process; and hey, we have earned some of those lines, right? But we can slow down the process by some awesome skin care ingredients. Next time you’re researching the right products for your skin type and condition, look for some of these wonderful anti-aging ingredients.

AHA’s & BHA’s

AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) like glycolic acid derived from sugar cane, lactic acid derived from milk, malic acid derived from apples and pears, citric acid derived from lemons and oranges, and tartaric acid derived from grapes, are water-soluble natural exfoliating acids that bind moisture, improve collagen production and smooth uneven skin texture. These are great for combination to drier skin types.

BHA’s (beta hydroxy acids) like salicylic acid derived from aspirin are oil-soluble acids and can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve skin roughness and is extremely useful in the treatment of breakouts and helpful in the management of keratosis pilaris, conditions that involve blocked or clogged pores and is great for oily skin types.

Image Skincare’s Ageless Total Facial Cleanser with 12% Glycolic Acid
Image Skincare’s Clear Cell Clarifying Gel Cleanser with Salicylic Acid

Retinol

Retinol is the #1 anti-aging skin care ingredient on the market today and is often touted as the gold standard for reducing fine lines, wrinkles, large pores and pigmentation issues. It speeds up cell turnover and boosts collagen and elastin. It also pumps up our circulation by increasing your blood vessel formation so your skin looks healthier. And isn’t that what we all want? One thing about retinol that I always recommend is to go slow in the beginning…. twice a week the first week; three times a week the second week; and build up from there. If you start to use retinol every single night right off the bat, you could possibly experience dry, flaky, irritated skin. And remember – only use your retinol products at night as it is very sun sensitive.

Image Skincare’s Ageless Total Overnight Retinal Masque

Vitamin C

One of the best antioxidants to help fight off environmental damage (namely, free radicals) and make your skin have a healthy glow is Vitamin C. It increases collagen production, reduces the appearance of skin discoloration, strengthens your skin’s barrier response and reduces inflammation. All skin types can use Vitamin C and most types of Vitamin C are even safe for sensitive and rosacea prone skin. Because Vitamin C has a very short period of activity, it must be replenished daily. I recommend using a Vitamin C serum under your daytime moisturizer and SPF every morning. Bye-bye free radicals!

L-Ascorbic Acid is the most common form of Vitamin C and is water-soluble. Other names you will find Vitamin C listed as are: ASCORBIC ACID POLYPEPTIDE, ASCORBYL GLUCOSAMINE, ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE, ASCORBYL PALMITATE MAGNESIUM, ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE SODIUM, ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, and the newest form of Vitamin C on the market, TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE, which penetrates skin deeper and faster than any other form of Vitamin C.

A beautiful array of Image Skincare’s Vital C collection

Green Tea Extract

There have been a number of encouraging studies of skin benefits of green tea and many have found it to slow down the development of some signs of aging. It usually can be found in many natural and organic skin care products. Green tea is an antioxidant, it reduces inflammation, cell damage to the skin and sun damage.

It is best to combine green tea with zinc oxide-based sunscreens because zinc oxide is chemically inert and should not react with green tea (which some chemical sunscreens might do, especially in sunlight).

One little tip is make freshly brewed green tea, freeze it in ice cub trays and then use it as a refreshing toner. Just please don’t put the frozen ice cube directly on the skin. No one wants freezer burn!

Green tea can be found in Image Skincare’s Ormedic collection

Resveratrol

Resveratrol is a stable and potent antioxidant and a protective benefit for your skin. It can be found in grape skin, peanuts, berries, and even dark chocolate. In skincare, however, it works on a cellular level to fight aging. It also protects against sun damage, improves collagen synthesis and reduces cell damage.

Image Skincare’s The MAX Stem Cell Creme with Reservatrol

Hyaluronic Acid

Now, don’t freak out when you hear the word “acid.” Our bodies produce hyaluronic acid, but as we age, the production slows down. It keeps our tissues lubricated and it has two main functions. 1. It acts like a plumper. Hydrated skin reduces the appearance of wrinkles, which may explain why several studies show that supplementing with it can make skin appear smoother. And 2. It’s a humectant. It actually takes the moisture from the air and binds it to your skin. It promotes healthier and supple skin and can speed wound healing. It is excellent for dry or dehydrated skin.

Image Skincare’s Ageless Total Pure Hyaluronic6 Filler

Peptides

Peptides is one of the most promising discoveries in the last few years. Peptides are chains of amino acids that are building blocks of proteins in the skin. They penetrate the top layer of the skin and send signals to our cells to let them know how to function. This is a brilliant process. Peptides are channeling into the skin telling our cells what to do with the products. One important protein in our skin is collagen. When collagen breaks down in our skin, wrinkles form. Peptides, applied topically to the skin, send a signal to the collagen to prompt formation of new collagen – and – VOILA! – you have the appearance of more youthful supple skin.

Image Skincare’s The MAX Collection loaded with stem cells & peptides

So there you have it! If you are using some of these awesome ingredients in your skin care products, great job! If you’re not, look for them so your skin can be SO HAPPY!