At Face Value

The same way you brush your teeth every the morning and night, it is important to wash your face! Here’s why you should make this a habit.

Did you know that the simple process of washing your face before bed is an excellent way to maintain young-looking skin? Some researches show that most of 
the physiological changes in the skin occur overnight.

To do the necessary repair, the skin needs oxygen so that the cells can perform their regular detox, dividing in order to replenish dead ones.

If you sleep with make-up on or with all the pollution and oils produced during the day, it will block the natural recovering process. Sleeping with make-up on also helps generate free radicals and collagen breakdown, which are threats to your complexion.

And don’t forget, the world is dirty. Your skin gets covered by dead skin cells, bacteria, pollutants, viruses and small particles of dirt. And that layer of filth will get thicker and thicker unless you properly wash your face.

So forget about lazy nights, when you skip your face cleansing regimen because you’re too tired. Think of all the nasty stuff that is stuck on your face. Would you want to leave that on just to go to bed two minutes earlier?

Clean-up Act
The face washing routine at night will remove all the impurities your skin accumulated during the day. You can get better results if you use a make-up cleanser to remove all the dirt particles before actually washing your face. The process is easier when you have fewer impurities to wash away.

Then, apply a facial soap to massage the face while extracting the rest of the products and its harmful components. If you are really keen on working on your skin, invest in a scrub and toner.

Night Repair
June-2014_Beauty_tips2_02So now that your skin is clean and ready for a good night’s sleep, it’s time to apply a fine layer of your favourite moisturiser. The temperature rises overnight, leading to loss of moisture through evaporation. This is why hydrating your skin before going to bed is the key to glowing skin in the morning.

Higher temperature improves blood circulation, and increases the absorption and penetration of skincare products. So if you want to fight ageing or acne, nights are the best time to apply them as you can let the skin work in your favour. Don’t miss the opportunity to wake up with a smoother, softer and clearer complexion.

Refreshing Morning
The morning cleansing routine is equally important. When you wake up, there is a layer of dead skin and an excess of sebum to wash off. And the reality is that they can’t be rinsed away with water. You need to expel them by applying some soap and then wash off everything. Water will probably remove around 65 percent of the oils and detritus. Can you image putting make-up on top of the things that weren’t removed? No way!

June-2014_Beauty_tips2_03ON THE SHELVES
Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean Triple Action Cleanser, Toner and Make-Up Remover: gentle enough to use daily, powerful enough to transform your complexion

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore and Shine Daily Scrub: visibly mattefies the skin and helps tighten pores
Vichy Pureté Thermale Soft and Soothing Toner: For those with dry and sensitive skin Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash: a mild, exfoliating facial cleanser with borage oil and vitamin E.

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June 2014: Editor’s Note