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Nighttime Habits of People with Great Skin

April 12, 2018 | Categories:

The best evening skin-care practices to help you wake up with your best face forward tomorrow morning.

They take their makeup off. All of it.
Always take all of your makeup off at night—the last thing you want is residue of last night’s mascara on your face in the morning,” says Christine Choi Kim, MD, a board-certified medical and cosmetic dermatologist based in California. This will help prevent clogged pores and breakouts that may occur from leaving makeup on while you sleep. Don’t miss these morning habits of people with great skin.

They cleanse gently.
While you’re removing makeup and dirt and oils from the day, cleanse your skin gently, with a cleanser and your fingertips or with a soft washcloth. The idea is to remove the bad particles that can be harmful to your skin, while leaving enough of your skin’s natural oils behind, according to an article on HowStuffWorks.com. If you cleanse your skin too vigorously or use overly harsh products, you could strip all of the oil off your skin, which makes skin dry and irritated and can lead to future skin problems.

They use products that suit their skin type.

If you have dry skin, you shouldn’t use the same type of cleansing products as someone with oily skin. “Knowing your skin type can help you choose the right skin-care cleanser to enhance your skin’s appearance,” says Joshua Fox, MD, in an article on HowStuffWorks.com. “You can help avoid adverse effects and improve your skin texture by knowing which ingredients to use for your specific skin type.” If you aren’t sure of your skin type, consider making an appointment with a dermatologist. A derm can make sure you’re taking care of your skin properly during the nighttime and day (as well as make sure you don’t have any signs of skin cancer).

They use anti-aging ingredients.

Retinols are often recommended as part of a skincare routine to slow down the signs of aging and help skin repair. Retinols increases the production of collagen (the protein in your skin that gives it support) and decreases collagen breakdown, says New York City dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD. But stick to a pea-sized dab of your retinol to prevent over drying. Peptides can also be helpful when it comes to having beautiful, younger-looking skin: These short chains of amino acids slow the aging process by acting on collagen in various ways, possibly encouraging skin cells to create rather than break down collagen, says Deirdre Hooper, MD, a New Orleans-based dermatologist, on HowStuffWorks.com. “Using face creams with peptides can help you reverse or prevent the signs of aging,” says Dr. Hooper. You might also want to use eye cream as part of your daily evening skincare routine, suggests Debra Jaliman, MD, author of Skin Rules and an assistant professor of dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, told Reader’s Digest. “The eyelid skin is the thinnest and most delicate skin and shows age the fastest,” she said.

Read the full article on ReadersDigest.com.

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