• Lorraine Ampofo

Skincare 101: Night-time

Let’s talk about my favourite time of day, aside from dinner time... bedtime.

I personally love getting ready for bed; washing the day away, reading, moisturising, late night phone calls,

and most importantly...my night-time skin routine.


At night we have so much more time to really take care of our skin than we do on busy mornings.

Side note: Don’t you hate it when you rush out of your house in the morning and notice that patch of dry skin between your thumb and index finger?...

It is said that the process of skin cell regeneration is at its peak during sleep, so your night-time skin routine is where you can help your skin become flawless!

To me, getting “beauty sleep” doesn’t just mean sleeping the recommended amount of hours -

although this is a very important factor in how your skin looks. Part of beauty sleep should be about treating, loving and giving extra attention to your skin.

On most nights my routine consist of four simple steps - but at least twice a week, I like to use a

face mask, and on my 'bad skin' days I like to use serums.


Vitamin C is one of the main ingredients used throughout my night-time routine, due to its long list of skin benefits...

- Evens out skin texture

- Lightens hyper-pigmentation

- Helps to achieve youthful glowy skin

Step 1: Cleanse

Oil Based Cleanser: Super Facialist Vitamin C + Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil

Water Based Cleanser: Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash


I cannot emphasise the importance of cleansing enough, especially when beginning your night-time routine...

Cleansing will remove all the dirt, sweat and dust that has built up on your skin over the course of the day.

If you have been wearing make-up then this step is crucial; sleeping with make up on is a complete no-no. I suffer with terrible breakouts if don’t cleanse my skin properly at the end of each day.

On days that I have worn make-up, I always double cleanse. To double cleanse means to use an oil-based cleanser and then a water-based cleanser to wash your face.


Super Facialist Vitamin C + Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil is amazing at melting away make up and heavy dirt without completely stripping your skin bare. I then finish off with my favourite cleanser, the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash, which removes any excess oil and impurities not removed by the cleansing oil.


Step 2: Tone

PIXI Vitamin-C Tonic

Damn PIXI! Back at it again.

If you read my last skincare post you know that I love the PIXI Toners!

In my night-time routine, I use their Vitamin-C Tonic, which gently brightens and refreshes my skin.


Step 3: Moisturise

PIXI Vitamin-C Lotion

Hydrate, Nourish and Treat...these are the three things that I focus on in my night-time routine.

Moisturising is one of my favourite ways to achieve this! Again, I specifically chose a moisturiser with Vitamin C...just because I cannot get enough of the wonders it does to my skin.


PIXI's Vitamin-C Lotion is my favourite newest discovery; it’s light yet hydrating, and I can see the moisturising results almost straight away.


Step 4: Facial Oil

Ordinary’s 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil


Last but not least...facial oil.

I love this step because it really gives me rich Aunty vibes.

I know a lot of people are not fans of this step but it's a great way of sealing hydration and providing

that extra bit of nourishment to your skin.


I use two to three drops of the Ordinary’s Rose Hip Seed Oil...which I cannot recommend enough.

Rose Hip Oil is a holy grail ingredient, its benefits are endless - from healing to assisting in brightening your skin tone.

I really take my time here. I massage the oil into my face and neck and on most nights, I use my face roller for extra satisfaction.


Extra Steps


Serum

PIXI Glow Tonic Serum


I really only use serums when I think my skin looks a little dull.

Serums are essentially a way of giving your skin a high concentration of ingredients, which makes them great at targeting specific skin concerns.

My main skin goal is to have radiant skin, the PIXI Glow Tonic Serum

works well to help me fulfil this goal.


Face Masks

Clay Mask: Body Shop’s Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

Sheet Mask: Simple’s Rich Moisture Sheet Mask


Face masks are another great way to treat skin concerns.

I usually alternate between two types; clay masks and sheet masks.


Clay masks are great at removing excess oil and drawing out impurities from the skin.

The Body Shop’s Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask is the closest thing to magic!

It is made with Tea Tree Oil which works well in battling blemishes.

Ten minutes of this mask and my skin feels 100 times softer and looks super glowy.


On my dry skin days, I reach for a sheet mask, which I think is probably one of the number one

ways of hydrating and nourishing the skin. Simple’s Rich Moisture Sheet Mask is my favourite sheet mask by far, it gives me that fresh spa facial feeling.


The point is not to rush through your night-time routine but to take your sweet time and enjoy every single step.

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