We’ve talked to a lot of women and routines vary greatly from one woman to the next. For instance, do you shower before bedtime, upon rising, or both? Do you spend a couple of minutes using a mask on your face and fighting the tough skin on your heels, or do you save that for one day a week and just have a time-saving washup in the shower? Do you soak luxuriously in the tub to relax away the stresses of the day? It’s your night time, do it any way you want!
These are the elements that we found most women shared in common in their nighttime routines:
1) Bath or shower before bedtime.
2) Facial cleansing with some type of cleanser made for the face, wipes, or a beauty bar soap.
3) Some form of moisturizer or anti-aging preparation applied to the face before sleep.
4) Some type of hand lotion and foot/heel lotion applied to the feet before sleep
We would caution women not to use a hard bar soap on their faces. Bar soaps contain ingredients that can dry your skin or irritate it. We like a cleanser made just for the face, as mild as possible. We recommend Rose Hip Seed Oil Cleanser Then an exfoliator once or twice a week.
For moisturizers we found that women varied quite a bit starting with women who swore by petroleum jelly to seal in moisture and others who paid upwards of $110 an ounce for products containing exotic animal-based substances. We understand the rationale of sealing in moisture with petroleum jelly but it’s not the best choice. It films over pores, collects dirt and grime, and is not absorbed well. As for the more exotic offerings these often came with no medical claims or studies supporting their advertising slogans on the label. A high price tag is not a guarantee of effectiveness.
The most effective skin creams were ones that contain hyaluronic acid, a proven moisturizer and skin cream ingredient that promotes healing. Another significant ingredient is Retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A. Both promote rejuvenation of skin cells and encourage the production of collagen.
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