How you prepare yourself for sleep can really impact the way your skin will look and feel in the mornings. We're often surprised (but not really) when we hear from women who don't wash off the day at night and then explain certain skin issues to us. The first rule to beautiful skin: WASH YOUR FACE NIGHTLY! That is an order and an absolute must for the health of your skin. I can go on and give you a mini lecture about all the ways we spread bacteria across our faces on a daily basis, but for the length of this post I shall spare you. Night cleansing is more important than morning cleansing. We're sharing our nightly beauty rituals and we hope to influence you to try a few of these steps or implement your own for consistent skin health.
VICTORIA'S NIGHTLY SKIN RITUAL
Two hours before bedtime I eat a bowl of fruit. During the summer it's always berries. I buy organic strawberries, raspberries, aronia berries, and blackberries and they are always stocked in my fridge. When I can find them I also eat barbary figs as they're a source of plenty of vitamins and skin loving minerals. Watermelons and other water dense fruit are also excellent choices.
One hour before bedtime I make a cup of caffeine free tea. Sometimes it's chamomile, sometimes a ginger and lemon blend or on very stressful days I make a cardamom, turmeric, nutmeg, and cinnamon concoction with a little honey in almond milk. I feel it stimulates good endorphins, which help me sleep better when the world is going mad.
I cleanse my skin as close to bedtime as possible, but only because it's a ritual I enjoy and helps prepare me to sleep. I pile my hair up in a bun and take out the jar of manuka honey in my bathroom and scoop a teaspoon in a bowl with a few drops of barbary fig seed oil. I mix it and set aside. Once or twice a week I indulge in a facial steam. If I'm wearing eye makeup, a little argan oil on a cotton pad will wipe it off nicely and then I proceed to wash with the honey mixture, rubbing it in just like a soapy cleanser and rinse off with warm water. On days that my skin needs a little exfoliation I use our Bio Active Healing Mask at night after I cleanse. On days that my skin feels stressed I will use a charcoal and rose powder face cleanser. Once a week I also use a Vitamin C gel with Ferulic acid after cleansing and lightly pat it into my skin. After my skin is clean and hydrated I use Barbary Fig Renewal Serum because I feel it works its magic on me at night and contains a multitude of vitamins that really help replenish nutrients to the skin while you sleep. I apply Decouverte Under Eye Repair Serum under and around my eyes and allow it to penetrate the skin without rubbing it in for optimal results.
Right before bed I scoop either raw manuka honey or raw wildflower honey and eat it with the rest of my water or tea. I spray my pillows with a gorgeous mist we're working on that is instantly relaxing and soothing to the senses. If it is really dry and cold temperature I scoop a little Rainforest Hydration Treatment into my hands and "melt" it before patting into my cheeks to add extra moisture and lock in more nutrients. On summer days there is less need for a rich cream moisturizer. I like to watch a few minutes of something really funny or read something funny before bed. There is just something about laughing that makes my dreams more cheerful and optimistic. Jimmy Kimmell always does the trick and off to bed I go. I usually get about 6-7 hours of sleep and feel quite fine when I wake up. My skin is soft, well balanced, hydrated, and smooth and this ritual has allowed me to only need a few drops of pure barbary fig seed oil to my skin in the morning and get my day started. No extra washing necessary.
If you'd like to share your nightly beauty routine with us please write in: Info@labellafigurabeauty.com. We'd love to hear what you're doing or help you with some tips and get you on your way to beautiful, healthy skin.