Words: Kira Gimpel | Photographs: Supplied
The growing popularity of glowing skin has, thankfully, reminded us that we could all do with improving how we look after our skin. And who wouldn’t want a naturally radiant face? This could hint at a rather elaborate skincare routine, which no one wants during the morning rush — least of all in winter.
The good news is that spending half an hour applying lotions and potions in the morning isn’t nearly as beneficial as doing so the night before. This is the time when your skincare can actually work its magic, given that you’re not applying makeup onto your freshly cleansed skin and at least six hours of undisturbed sleep are sure to follow, minus face touching and sun exposure. Here are the steps to follow.
Even if you’re not wearing any makeup (but especially if you are), it’s important to get it all off before loading your skin with anything else. The build-up of oil, dirt, product or pollutants from the day can clog your pores and potentially lead to breakouts and skin irritations. The formula of Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm is a solid balm that turns into an oil, which breaks down product when massaged onto your face. Wash off with warm water and in the unlikely event that some stubborn eye makeup remains, use a gentle eye makeup remover such as Smashbox It’s a Wrap! Waterproof Makeup Remover.
Combining cleansing and exfoliating, Benefit Smooth It Off! Cleansing Exfoliator scrubs away remaining dirt or dead skin cells with a gentle cream. This allows for an overall brighter, more even and smoother complexion. But take note — those with sensitive or dry skin may not react well to the grain-like particles in most exfoliators, which can cause irritation to dehydrated skin or surface skin cells. Grainy exfoliators shouldn’t be used on mature skin, either. So, if your skin type falls under any of these categories, rather use a chemical exfoliator, which contains fruit or lactic acids with larger molecules and improves the skin’s texture by sloughing away dead skin cells. GLAMGLOW Gentlebubble is a good gentle cleanser.
Using a serum at this stage allows all of the products applied after it to penetrate much deeper into your skin, because these types of concentrates target deep skin layers. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II has additional hyaluronic acid, which is a miracle acid found naturally in the skin. Its role is to ensure collagen production and moisture retention, which allows for supple, smoother skin and sometimes less redness. As you age, it’s vital to top up on hyaluronic acid, because the existing levels in your skin get naturally depleted by sun exposure and pollution.
Contributing even more hyaluronic acid, the Hydra Active Moisturiser by Hey Gorgeous absorbs into your skin quickly and provides some serious hydration, increasing glow levels and plump skin.
For an added moisture boost, swap your moisturiser with an overnight mask for one night during the week. GLAMGLOW Dreamduo Overnight Transforming Treatment is a hydrating and plumping mask that lets your skin properly soak up all the goodness while you sleep. First apply the pearlescent side called Dream Serum, which contains green tea and green coffee extracts. Let it rest for 30 seconds, then apply the grey Dream Seal, with hyaluronic acid and mozuku green algae to recharge and moisturise skin. After you wash it off with warm water in the morning, your skin will be left with a natural sheen and bouncy, soft texture.
The extra-delicate eye area requires a cream with boosted hydration and soft application. Apply a small amount of Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream with a gentle pat using your ring finger, ensuring you don’t pull at the skin. Eye cream should be applied to the orbital bone, which is about 1cm beneath your eye. Dot any excess product on your fingers along your brow bone. Let the cream absorb into the area for about 30 seconds before putting anything on top.
Those with oily skin may be wary of using oils, but the essential oils they contain are important for radiant skin, especially in colder temperatures. A combination of oil and water is needed for the skin and moisturiser only provides water. Apply oil after your moisturiser (or mix it into your moisturiser), as applying oil first can block the moisturiser’s benefits. Those with oily or blemish-prone skin should use oils sparingly and not skip them altogether. Try MAC’s Prep + Prime Essential Oils Grapefruit & Chamomile at night or even just before applying makeup in the morning.
Relieve tired eyes by using a gel eye mask such as Anatomnicals Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer. Pop in the fridge for 30 minutes to refresh and cool your under eyes or soak in hot water for 10 minutes to soothe and relax. Put it on just before bed — or a quick power nap in the middle of the day.