It may be the first thing to go when you’re ready to climb into bed after a long day, but your night time skin care routine is essential to getting and keeping healthier — and younger-looking — skin.
Being exposed to stressors like UV radiation from sunlight and environmental pollutants can wreak havoc by creating free radicals, which can damage the skin over time and contribute signs of ageing. So, tired as you may be, here’s the case for prioritising your PM complexion care.
Most people naturally just want to avoid ageing effects as skin matures. But an evening anti-ageing skin care routine actually needs to accomplish two goals: treatment of signs of ageing and protection against future damage.
The right anti-ageing products and regimen are key to helping reduce the appearance of skin ageing. Too little and you might not see enough results. Too much and you’ll risk aggravating already stressed-out skin. But when you find the combination of a gentle cleanser, a moisturiser or serum with proven ingredients right for you, mature skin is refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to take on the elements.
The recommended evening routine for mature skin starts with a gentle cleanser, such as Neutrogena® Extra Gentle Cleanser, that will rinse away dirt, oil and makeup without aggravating delicate skin or stripping it of natural oils.
Next up: exfoliation, which rids the complexion of dead skin cells. That’s because as skin ages, it becomes less radiant and dull as a result of a slower rate of cell turnover.
When it comes to exfoliation, you have two choices: ingredient or physical exfoliators. Exfoliant ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs), encourage cell turnover, leading to a smoother, more radiant complexion.
You also can include a physical exfoliant for even more sloughing power, but proceed with caution, as some women with ageing skin can experience redness or rosacea, which can be exacerbated by too much exfoliation.
Another powerhouse ingredient for mature skin? Retinol. Neutrogena® has developed a number of innovative products that include retinol, to help skin fight fine lines and wrinkles.
Like AHAs and BHAs, retinol (find it through exfoliation in Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair Line) promotes the renewal of skin cells through exfoliation, which helps eliminate wrinkles and fine lines. Although retinol can be an unstable ingredient, rapidly breaking down when exposed to light or oxygen, Neutrogena® has mastered the development of stable retinol that has optimal effectiveness until the last drop is used.
If your skin is especially sensitive, introduce retinol into your routine gradually by applying every other day. For a dose of soothing hydration, finish with a replenishing moisturiser, such as Neutrogena®Hydro Boost®, which will smooth and plump the skin and prepare your complexion for a new day to face the elements.