You slayed that look. Hair was flawless. Your skin glowed like fresh dew on a rose's petal ALL day. Now you're ready to lay down and do it all again tomorrow. However, this little voice in the back of your mind is screaming, "YOUR PORES ARE CLOGGED! Bless them with water and a soapy lather pleeeaassee...they beg of you!" It is time for the annoying night cleanse ritual that let's be honest, nobody feels like getting up to do after you have fallen into your sheets like gently fallen snow. Had enough of Feuilleton télévisé? All is well. Let's talk night cleansings.
Why is it so important to wash your face at night?
If you wear makeup, you HAVE to wash your face before bed. Not only are you prohibiting your skin from breathing due to a layer of foundation, powders and sprays...you're messing up your pillows and sheets. Plus, your skin actually repairs itself while you sleep. With both internal and external factors occurring throughout the day, damage DOES happen.
You're also just washing money down the drain. How you ask?
Well the creams and products that you used can't penetrate through your makeup. Also, makeup is made up of different ingredients that may inhibit the effectiveness of your face cream/serums. Washing your face ensures that your creams and serums are doing the job that you invested in them to do. You're giving them a clean slate to work their magic.
If you don't wear makeup, you're not off the hook. You still need to cleanse your face at night to wash off the sweat, smog, pollen and pollution from both the internal/external environment. Sun damage and whatever else is wreaking havoc on your face. Your body needs a clean surface to repair and rejuvenate.
"How do I properly night cleanse?" So glad you asked. Well, I was also once a lazy face washer. *Gasp* I know. I'm not proud of it.
Placing product on your face, rubbing it around and rinsing it off is just you washing money down the drain. You have to give the product TIME to work. I recommend lathering your face for at least a minute but depending on what you're using, follow the manufacturer's label. Some require more time than others. You want to wet your face, lather with product, work it into the skin and rinse well. I am a HUGE fan of night creams but I can also appreciate taking a couple of nights to let your skin breathe freely as you sleep.
No. A makeup wipe does not count as night cleansing. Don't forget that bacteria and debris is healthy and thriving in our environment. They also are on your face (Eek!). Think of hand sanitizer and hand washing. One is a quick fix but does NOT replace the actual action of fully cleansing. You want to look in the mirror in the morning and know that you didn't introduce your bed to a new array of bacterium to your 1500 thread count sheets.
So goodnight, mon petit chou. Dream of rehydrated and healthy skin. Bonne Nuit.