Morning Face: The unexplainable phenomenon where you look more tired than you did before you went to bed.
Waking up with 'morning face' is the worst. Skin looks dull and dry. Eyes are puffy with dark circles. It's not a good look. There are however ways to nip this in the bud. A good night time routine can save you from the nightmare that is 'morning face'. My skin is fairly sensitive and prone to dry patches. I do however have large pores on my nose and cheeks which can make those areas look greasy. Below is my current routine and it works a treat!
Remove Eye Make-up
It's been said a million times but I'm going to say it again. Sleeping in make-up is terrible for your skin. Old eye make-up will leave you with dark circles and dry skin. Plus mascara goop in the corners of your eyes is just gross. I currently use the Garnier Simply Essentials Soothing 2 in 1 Make-Up Remover. It's alcohol and perfume free and really gentle on my skin. Most importantly it gets the job done.
Wash Face With An Oil Cleanser
I don't like make-up wipes because of the sometimes sticky residue they leave behind. I much prefer to give my face an oil cleanse. It dissolves all your make-up and leaves your skin moisturised. I use the Sanctuary Ulitmate Facial Cleansing Oil. It's a little pricey but a little goes a long way. It contains a mix of oils including soybean, avocado and jojoba oil. Mineral oil however is the main ingredient and I know for some this is a big no no but I have had no problems with it. My skin is left looking smooth and feels gorgeous. You do have the option of going DIY, where you create a mix of oils that are best suited to your skin. I would encourage you to do your research before going down this route especially if you plan on dabbling in essential oils.
I am genetically predisposed to large pores which can get clogged, leading to blackheads and general misery. I like to tighten them before bed by using the Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion. This is alcohol free and designed for sensitive skin. It also works as a mild exfoliant. There is a slight tingling when I use it but my skin doesn't feel irritated and my pores are less visible. Toner is not for everyone. If you have dry skin, it can make your skin drier so approach with caution.
Dab On Eyecream
I only started to pay attention to my eye area after the skin became very dry and looked permanently creased. I used my old favourite coconut oil for a while but I found that if I didn't use sparingly I ended up with greasy lids and irritated eyes. I've been experimenting with the Botanics Refreshing Eye Roll On and so far so good. It goes on cold and the results are pretty much instantaneous. My dark circles fade and my skin feels refreshed.
This is an important step for me, especially during winter when central heating leaves my skin completely dehydrated. A small amount of coconut oil rubbed onto lips before bed is enough.
I have been following these steps for some time now and I wake up glowing. It also helps to get between 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Nothing in bottle beats a good nights rest.
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