As a young girl, I remember hearing a story about how Mary Kay began her cosmetic business. Her nine original skin care products were based on a recipe created by J. W. Heath, a tanner from Arkansas.
As Heath tanned deer hides all day with his special creams, he noticed that his hands were getting softer and softer. After he modified the formula and began using it on his face, he found that he had the skin of a much younger man.
I must have only been 12 or 13 when I heard that story, but it made such an impression on me. That’s when I realized that my skin care habits could lead to healthier, better looking skin. So, I began reading, studying, listening and paying attention to all that I could about skin care habits.
Below are the 7 habits that I have found most important in establishing a healthy skin care routine. Recent research shows that following these habits can lead to healthier, younger looking skin. It is important to remember that this is a routine that should be followed each night before retiring, no matter how tired you are or how late it is. It is that important!
A soothing shower at the end of a long day can help you relax, relieve stress and wash away impurities from your body. It is a great way to wind down and signal your body that sleep is not far way.
Make sure to use luke warm water in your shower and limit your shower to no more than 10 minutes. Staying in the shower too long and using hot water will strip you body of needed oils and moisture.
2. Wash your face.
Cleaning your face before going to bed is the most important thing you can do. You want to make sure that you face is free from the elements that you have been exposed to during the day.
Use a gentle cleanser with microbeads, such as Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, to gently clean and exfoliate your skin. This helps clear the skin of the impurities that your skin has been exposed to during the day. Remember to use upward and outward strokes as you clean your face.
Stay away from soap, as it will strip your skin of the natural oils that are needed to moisturize.
3. Clean residue.
You can choose one of two way to clean the remaining debris and residue from your skin. You can use a toner that is designed for your particular skin type to gently finish cleaning your skin. Toners leave the skin feeling clean and refreshed.
Cleansing cloths have recently been introduced to the marketplace and are perfect for removing residue from the face. After using a gentle cleanser on the face, simply remove any remaining eye makeup or face makeup with a gentle nighttime cleansing cloth like Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, Night Calming.
One perk of using the cleansing cloth is that they are disposable. I love tossing the cleansing cloths into the trash when I am finished cleaning my face!
4. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
Moisturize as soon as possible after getting out of the shower—within 3 or 4 minutes if possible! Start with your face. More specifically, start with your eyes. It is controversial, but I use vaseline to moisturize my eyes, lips, and other areas that are prone to wrinkles. I’m not recommending Vaseline, as it seems to cause problems with certain skin types. Choose an eye cream that suits you best and make sure to apply it with minimum pressure using your ring finger for application.
After moisturizing the sensitive eye area, use a nighttime moisturizer such as Roc Multi Correxion 5-in-1 Restoring Night Cream to apply to your face, neck and chest. Remember to use upward and outward strokes when applying it.
Last of all, make sure to use a good moisturizing cream like Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion for your arms and legs. Apply moisturizer as soon as possible after getting out of the shower.
You do not have to break the bank to find good moisturizers for your skin. Your nighttime skin care routine can be designed with affordability in mind.
Getting 7 or 8 hours of restful sleep is one of the most important things you can do for fabulous, healthy looking skin. While we sleep our cells go into overdrive repairing the damage done during the day due things like pollutants, UV radiation and other skin contaminates.
Our cells do this work whether we take care of our skin or not, but it’s best to take advantage of the work our cells are already doing by cleaning and moisturizing our skin before bed. Think of your skin care routine as an opportunity to feed your skin cells the things they need for optimum healing.
Our pillows and the force of gravity can also work against us at night. Sleeping on your back at night is a simple way to reduce the number of wrinkles formed as you sleep.
6. Keep your skin care routine simple and stick to it!
Use the KISS method for developing your skin care routine: Keep It Simple, Sweetie! If you are in the process of creating your own skin care habits, start slow and take it one step at a time.
The key to healthy looking skin is putting your nighttime routine on autopilot. That way you know the last few things you will do every single night before laying your head down on your pillow.
7. Start young
If your are young, now is the time to prioritize your skin care and establish your night time habits. If you are not so young, then today is the best day to start!
All of the products listed here are readily available and affordable. Remember it takes between 18 and 254 days to turn an activity into a habit. Start today building your nightly routine and so you can help you have healthy, fabulous looking skin!
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
– Jim Rohn
Question: Do you have other skin care habits that work? I would love to hear about your habits in the comment section below.