Today I would like to share with you my top nighttime skin care products. Beauty sleep is a real thing. Yup, that’s right…scientifically proven: the healthier our sleeping pattern and quality of sleep, the better our skin looks and feels.
This is because skin cell regeneration happens at night, making it the best time for us to add a little beauty to our sleep.
My nighttime regime is simple but I like using products which are intense, with active ingredients which my skin can easily absorb while I lie back and relax.
I love retinols and OMG, do they work! Known as the only anti-aging ingredient that wipes out wrinkles, fine lines and prevents them from forming when applied topically; retinols also build collagen and reduce pigmentation – The benefits are magical and endless.
Beauty disclaimer: If used incorrectly, the side effects are equally as intense: peeling, redness, inflamed skin, dryness and extreme sensitivity to sunlight. (That is why it is important to use generous amounts of sun block every single day when using retinols.)
PETER THOMAS ROTH -3% GLYCOLIC SOLUTIONS CLEANSER
These days I’m using this amazing cleanser as part of both my daytime and my nighttime daily skin care routine. It’s perfection in cleanser form: removing all kinds of impurities. After washing my face with it, my skin always feels so smooth and fresh. Besides, by having 3% glyco it also has pro-vitamin B5 which adds moisture to the skin, keeping it refreshingly hydrated.
FRESH-ROSE DEEP HYDRATION FACIAL TONER
I then use the Fresh-Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner. It is also extremely hydrating and totally alcohol free. Infused with rose oil and rose petals, it really does its job well. I like to soak a cotton pad and sweep it all over my face and neck, allowing my skin to absorb it all.
ZO MEDICAL BRIGHTENEX
I am a huge fan of retinols…Can you tell?! I’m always experimenting and playing around with different strengths of retinols depending on my skin needs.
With Brightenex, I apply 1 pump around 3 times a week, all over my face and neck. As the cream is quite intense, I cannot use it every night as it causes too much redness and tenderness, making my skin peel.
This is definitely one of my must-have products, I cannot do without it. Brightenex treats hyper-pigmentation, brightens skin, refines pores, repairs damaged skin caused by too much sun exposure and also protects skin from other environmental factors, preventing future damage. Active ingredients present in this cream (besides high potency retinol) include; vitamin C, vitamin E and glutathione. (Beauty disclaimer: the latter is not suitable for sensitive skin.)
ZO SKIN HEALTH OLLUMINATE INTENSE EYE REPAIR
For my day and night use, this cream is rich but not heavy – perfect for the delicate under eye area, it reduces puffinesss and dark circles whilst also improving the elasticity of the skin and reducing fine lines to leave you feeling hydrated.
ZO SKIN HEALTH OMMERSE OVERNIGHT RECOVERY CREME
For those who are hesitant to use Brightenex, but desire an overall anti-aging night cream – this one is brilliant. I use the Recovery Creme on the days I’m not applying more intense products as it too contains a little retinol (but not the type that will irritate your skin). This definitely does the job, taking care of my irritated skin by soothing, calming and hydrating…
That reminds me…Is it bed time yet?