By: Lisa Varga
I started taking care of my skin at a very young age. I have made my living in front of the camera as a model and actress, so skincare is very important to me. It’s my job to have beautiful skin, and I have become an expert over the years through education as well as trial and error.
I have found that it is very simple to have beautiful and healthy skin. Part of it is diet, the other is a good skincare regime, which I will share with you below. It’s also a proven fact that new skin cells grow faster while you sleep so you must get plenty of rest.
Whether you are female or male, these these tips work.
Before I get into the simple steps before bedtime, I want to share that whatever you put into your body, plays a big part of how your skin looks. So eat healthy foods, drink plenty of water, never smoke, keep your alcohol consumption to a minimum, always use sunscreen, get proper sleep, and follow these simple tips below for cleansing, toning, and moisturizing before you go to bed…
1. Remove your makeup
Ladies, no matter how tired you are or how busy your day was, always remove your make up at bedtime. It clogs your pores and does not allow the skin to breathe at night if you don’t, so it’s imperative that you follow this rule. We’ve all had busy days and don’t feel like washing our face at night, but they have some great cleansing waters on the market right now and cleansing wipes that are simple and easy to use. With just a few swipes you’re makeup is off, so there are no excuses. I don’t recommend this step, but if you must, it’s better than not removing your makeup at all.
2. Cleanse properly
For those of us who take our skin care serious, there is a proper way to cleanse our skin at night. Start with good cleansing products. You will find some of mine soon in the “My Obsessions” section of this site. Select the right products for your skin type, and be sure to never use hot water because it can damage the skin. Luke warm water temperature is the best. Make sure your hands are clean before your start and make sure you have a clean wash cloth. Be sure to gently massage the face while cleansing and make sure the product is fully absorbed and the lather is working. Always rinse and cleanse thoroughly making sure to remove all makeup and impurities. We will get into what specific products to use later, but for now chose the produce that work best for your skin type.
Depending on how sensitive your skin is, exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells making room for new ones to grow. I found that the fine grain exfoliators work best and are most gentle on your skin. This is a very important step that most people skip or don’t know about.
4. Use a toner
A toner will even out your skin and calm it while removing any last minute residue from cleansing or exfoliating. Apply a generous amount of toner to your freshly cleansed skin and wipe with a good quality cotton ball or square. Some toners you just spray on and leave on your face which is fine too.
I love this step. When I moisturize after cleansing and toning, it’s like a soft blanket for your skin that protects it and hydrates it throughout the night. Use plenty of moisturizer all over your face and neck. Your skin will drink it up. My favorite moisturizers (and all of my skincare products) are the natural and organic ones, which are the healthiest, because the skin is the largest organ in our body.
6. Add some face oil
Depending on your skin type, you can mix a few drops of face oil with your moisturizer for extra protection, hydration, and a real treat for your skin. As we get older, we lack natural oils and moisture in our skin, so I found face oils to be tremendously helpful. I always us a face oil at night. Don’t over-use it though or it could cause breakouts and clogged pores.
7. Lip care
I recently found a new trick that is perfect to keep your lips moist and soft throughout the night – lanolin! Get 100% pure lanolin and your lips will stay soft until morning. Lanolin has a strange scent to it, but it really works. It’s the oil derived from the wool of sheep which is remarkably close to our own natural skin oils. It may not smell the greatest, but it feels great.
8. Hydrating mask
One of my favorite skin treats before I go to bed is the occasional moisturizing, healing, or revitalizing mask. It’s a cloth mask soaked in all kinds of goodies for our skin and you apply it for 20 minutes then remove it. It also forces you to relax right before bed so it’s one of my favorite steps. There are some great masks on the market and they are fairly inexpensive.
9. Under eye treatment
There are several kinds of under eye treatments to apply before bed. They come in creams, lotions, and gels. Everyone has their own preference. You need to use a good eye cream before bed to help prevent wrinkles and crows feet. But beware, less is more. I use to slather on eye cream thinking the more I put on, the better it would work – only to wake up with my eyes cloudy and irritated. So be sure to use the proper amount and don’t get too close to the eyes. Go around the bone and corners and on top of the lids. This was a live and learn experience for me, and now I’m a pro.
10. Go to sleep
Finally, the last step and most important is to get plenty of sleep. I’m guilty of not getting 8 hours a night because of my hectic schedule, but when I can squeeze in a full 8 hours I do and it feels amazing! Beauty rest is crucial for beautiful skin.
I hope these tips were helpful. Give them a try and see how they work for you. I hope you wake up glowing and more youthful looking. I know I do. I have tons of products that I personally use and will share them with you in another blog post, but for now, just try a few of my tips or all of them and let me know what you think. It’s been working for me and I hope it works for you too.
Most importantly, beauty is only skin deep. Inner beauty is what really counts. If you are beautiful on the inside, it will shine through on the outside. Remember, you are stunning and perfect in your own way. Stay beautiful on the inside and out.