If you have a great morning skincare routine to kickstart your day, wouldn’t it make sense that you should have an equally simple, yet amazing nighttime skincare routine, too? As your body sleeps, it gets a chance to re-energize and repair itself, including your skin. And while your body can do much of the grunt work for you, there are a few things you can do to help the process along and allow you to wake up with glowing, refreshed skin every morning. Here are our four favorite tips for creating a healthy bedtime routine for tweens and teens:
1. Wash Your Face
This is the most important step for nighttime skin care. During the day, makeup, dirt, oil, and other pollutants have had a chance to build up on your skin and penetrate your pores. So at night, you want to make sure you sweep away all that gunk that may be lingering on your skin before you go to bed. That way, you won’t allow that bacteria to grow and possibly inflame your pores, which is what leads to acne breakouts. When choosing a face cleanser, stick to gentle ingredients over harsh chemicals. Our PREP purifying daily cleanser is free of sulfates, parabens, and other additives that can cause skin irritation, making it a gentle, yet powerful tool to give your face a clean slate before hitting the hay.
2. Apply Acne Treatment
If acne is a skin concern for you, make sure you’re applying an acne treatment every night. Keep in mind that even if you don’t notice results immediately (and you probably won’t), you’ve got to continue to use your acne treatment in order for it to work. It can take 6 to 8 weeks for you to see noticeable results, but that doesn’t mean it’s not doing its job (NHS UK). This is another instance where you really should be using a gentle product that contains natural ingredients whenever possible to help reduce breakouts while also keeping your skin smooth and healthy. Our PREP everyday clear acne treatment employs natural willow bark, chamomile, lavender, and geranium to help soothe your skin while also fighting acne.
3. Apply Moisturizer
Moisturizing your skin is an important step to incorporate into your night routine. It’s especially important if you have dry skin or are using an acne treatment that may cause your skin to become drier than normal. You’ve just done such a good job cleansing all that dirt and oil off of your face, you don’t want to use a heavy moisturizer loaded with oils that might just end up clogging your pores again, so look for oil free and fragrance fee to help lock in moisture without disturbing your skin’s natural balance. Depending on your skin type, during the winter you may need to apply the moisturizer every night whereas in the summer you may only need it every other night.