While this may be the most tempting step
to skip, especially when you’re wiped out
from traveling, both plane air and sleeping
with makeup on can lead to clogged pores,
dehydrated skin and breakouts. “Washing
your face before you go to bed is a non-negotiable,
because it gets rid of the day’s accumulation of toxins,
bacteria, makeup and pollutants,” says dermatologist
Shereene Idriss, M. D., in New York City. Regular
cleansing is also important because it helps your skin
maintain a proper pH level so it holds onto moisture.
Try shea butter-packed Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser
Once you’ve cleansed, you’ll want
to apply a serum. Because of its
formulation, serum tends to pack
the most potent punch of ingredients
and is well absorbed by your skin.
Look for one with antioxidants, free-radical fighters
that are crucial for all skin types because they help
counteract the impact of air pollution and the sun.
Cosmeceutical brand ISDIN Flavo-C Serum (US$92;
isdin.com/us) contains antioxidant vitamin C.
Keeping skin hydrated while you snooze
is also a must. Since night is the time
when your skin is not faced with other
activities, such as fighting off environmental aggres-
sors, product ingredients can be absorbed into your
skin without interruption. “Your nighttime routine
should have an emphasis on hydration while pro-
viding the essential nutrients your skin needs to
heal itself,” Idriss says. Dr. Lancer Intensive Night
Treatment (US$155; lancerskincare.com), developed
by a Hollywood dermatologist, is an option for those
whose skin requires serious nourishment. It combines
fatty-acid-rich marula oil with Hylaplex, a form of
hyaluronic acid. Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon
(US$80; dermalogica.com) is a lighter gel formula,
which features brightening Kakadu plum extract. And
the cream’s blend of French lavender oil, sandalwood
and patchouli acts as a soothing source of aromatherapy to help you doze off.
If you’ve got a little more room in
your toiletries case, the following options
can enhance a basic cleanser-serum-moisturizer routine:
Use a patch: Exuviance HA100 Micro-Filler
Regimen (US$88; exuviance.com) is a two-part
product that comes with an antioxidant-infused
serum and patches that deliver 100-percent– pure
hyaluronic acid deep into skin. Before you go to bed,
apply the patches over the serum in areas where deep
lines are forming for a plumper look by morning.
Try an eye mask: Because the skin around your
eyes is thin and delicate, it’s prone to puffiness,
discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, fewer oil
glands in this area make it difficult for your skin to
stay hydrated on its own, which is where an eye mask
can help. Talika Eye Dream Night Repair Mask
(US$57; talika.us) delivers a light anti-aging cream
with revitalizing soy proteins via a cooling metal
rollerball to help you de-puff.
Apply an intensive lip product: Drinking plenty
of water can help keep your lips soft and plump,
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but Burt’s Bees Overnight Lip Treatment (US$9;
at drugstores) will take your lips to an altogether
smoother level while you sleep thanks to an intense
blend of waxes, oils and emollients.
Make a therapeutic drink: To promote relaxation
and boost your antioxidant intake, mix up a Chai-esque latte with The Beauty Chef SLEEP Inner
Beauty Powder (US$60; sephora.com). Containing
1. 5 billion probiotics, sour cherry (a natural source of
melatonin) and biofermented turmeric, this powder
may help boost your skin’s health from the inside out.
Choose a silky pillowcase: Not only will it absorb
significantly less of the products on your skin than the
cotton variety, but a silk pillowcase also causes less
friction against your face, which helps shield it from
wrinkles. Try Slip Silk Travel Set (US$119; slip.com). [
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One of the most
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JW Marriott partner,
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more luminous look.
1. CHILL OUT.
To constrict dilated
blood vessels so that
the area looks less
placing four pumps
of an eye gel, such
associates.com), on a
teaspoon in the mini-refrigerator in your
room for a half hour.
Once cooled, “apply
it just to the ocular
bone around the
eye," Salcedas says.
“Like a tissue, the
skin around the eye
will absorb only what
it needs,; she says.
2. HANDLE EYES
Nothing feels as
good as rubbing
your eyes to wake
it can exacerbate
your eyes. Salcedas
covering each eye
with three fingers
and applying gentle
pressure in small
circular motions for a
similar sense of relief.
“When we sleep, skin
cells are dividing
and regenerating, so
the repair process is
greatest at night.”