Published: December 15, 2023
Many people assume that when they sleep at night, their skin does too. However, this is most definitely not the case…
Instead, while you’re in slumberland, your skin cells don’t stop for a break. In fact, the opposite happens. Their regenerative properties kick into action at this time, enabling them to work on repairing all of the damage that they’ve encountered throughout the day. This is also when protein production peaks, with your skin’s proteins being what keeps your complexion smooth, firm, and taut.
This is why nighttime skincare is so important. The routine that you follow in the evening has the potential to ensure that your skin cells feel supported and capable of functioning to the best of their abilities, particularly since the skin is more permeable at this time of day. Of course, this will only happen if you use the right products. Your nighttime skincare routine doesn’t need to be overly complicated but it does need to contain certain steps and formulas. Read on as CBGärdN talks you through an easy nighttime skincare routine that will have your skin vibrantly glowing each morning!
Cleanse Your Skin
Even if you don’t properly cleanse your skin in the mornings, a thorough cleanse should most definitely be the first step of your nighttime skincare routine. After all, over the course of the day, your skin will have picked up so much dirt and other impurities. If you allow all of these to remain on your skin, they’ll not only end up causing free radical damage, which will accelerate the skin aging process, but they’ll also leave your complexion dull and rough.
When choosing a cleanser, it’s worth keeping in mind that the skin barrier is weaker in the evenings. Anything too harsh will compromise it even further. This could leave you dealing with some serious skin problems in the long run since a strong barrier is vital for healthy-looking skin.
So, pick a gentle cleanser for your evening routine, such as the CBGärdN CB Facial Cleanser. Free from sulfates and fragrances, this cleanser will clear away any dirt, sebum, pollutants, and other impurities from your skin’s surface while delivering a potent dose of antioxidants with the nettle leaf extract that’s in this formula.
Follow Up With a Toner
Many people move straight on to applying serums after they’ve cleansed. There’s nothing wrong with doing so, but squeezing a toner in before you do this can be really beneficial for your skin.
A good toner will be able to boost your complexion in a few different ways. The right formula will provide a layer of hydration, which is extremely important in the evenings. It will also rebalance the pH level on the surface of your skin. The cleansing process often throws this off, which, in the long run, can lead to everything from dryness to acne.
A high-quality toner will also prep your complexion for the rest of your nighttime skincare routine. It will leave your skin feeling more receptive to the other products that you’re about to apply, which will bring you better visible results from your routine.
Of course, not all toners will do all of those things, but the CB Facial Toner meets the mark on all fronts. It’s packed with some incredible ingredients, including sodium hyaluronate, niacinamide, and nettle leaf extract. Simply pour a small amount onto a cotton ball and then dab this over your damp, freshly cleansed skin to soak up all of its many benefits!
Apply an Antioxidant Serum
Antioxidants can work wonders on the skin, and your nighttime skincare routine is the best time to apply them. Antioxidants are revered for how they can fight the appearance of free radical damage, which is something that your skin cells naturally do in the evenings as well. Supplementing them with antioxidants will leave them feeling fortified and better able to carry out their best work.
The big question is; which antioxidants should you be using?
When it comes down to it, all antioxidants are beneficial for the skin. However, if you want the best of the best, vitamin C is a must. This antioxidant is renowned for its multitasking abilities. It will help with the appearance of dryness, acne, wrinkles, dark spots, loose skin, inflammation, and just about anything else that you may be dealing with.
While some vitamin C serums offer just one form of vitamin C, the CB Illuminating Vita C Serum contains two to provide double the magic. Even better, it’s brimming with a number of other antioxidants too. Vitamin A, vitamin E, grape stem cells, nettle leaf extract, and antioxidant-rich plant oils all come together to create a truly powerful solution capable of leaving your skin looking smoother, brighter, and younger.
Apply a Hydrating Serum
As we’ve explained, your skin cells work hard overnight to repair damage and build new protein fibers. In order to adequately carry out these tasks, they need plenty of moisture.
Unfortunately, as you also know, skin barrier function declines overnight. This means that moisture loss increases since the skin barrier isn’t able to hold moisture in to the same extent. This can sometimes leave skin cells lacking in moisture at a time when they need it the most.
The good news is that you can replenish this moisture with the use of hydrating ingredients. The vitamin C serum that we featured above already contains several hydrating plant oils but, ideally, you should also provide an extra layer of moisture with an additional hydrating serum.
The CB Göld Replenishing Serum from CBGärdN would be a great choice. This formula is brimming with multiple hydrating compounds, as well as plenty of antioxidant-rich botanical extracts. It contains a peptide blend as well, which will leave your skin looking smoother and firmer when you wake up the next morning.
Layer on Your Eye Care Products
People often only begin to use eye care products once they start to notice changes in the skin around their eyes. This is understandable but, ideally, you should be using these products as early on in life as possible to prevent those visible skin concerns from arising in the first place.
Either way, the right eye care products can be a game-changer, making it worth incorporating one or two into your skincare routine. The products that you pick should be designed to cater to the visible skin concerns that you’re dealing with.
For example, if the appearance of dark circles and puffiness has been bothering you, give the CB Eye Serum Concentrate a try. It’s filled with ingredients that will smooth away the look of puffiness and lighten the visibility of dark circles, leaving the eye area looking fresh and bright.
If you’ve been noticing fine lines creeping up around the corners of your eyes, the CB ProLift Eye Firming Cream would be a great way to make those creases look less noticeable. This moisturizer has been designed to tighten up the look of the skin, giving it a firmer and bouncier finish.
The final step in your nighttime skincare routine should be a moisturizer. Not only will this give your skin a final splash of hydration before you head to bed, but it will also seal in all of the other products that you’ve just applied. Without a moisturizer to lock them in, you’ll lose a large percentage of all of those products to evaporation.
To ensure that your moisturizer is able to do those things, look for a formula that contains a mixture of humectants and occlusives. Humectants attract and bind moisture to the skin while emollients form their own layer over the skin’s surface. Together, these ingredients will keep your skin quenched while you snooze.
The CB Night Renewing Crème boasts a lush blend of both. Shea butter acts as both a humectant and an occlusive while sunflower seed oil backs these properties up. Meanwhile, the nettle leaf extract in this formula will provide a plethora of antioxidants and minerals that your skin will love!
Ways to Elevate Your Nighttime Skincare Routine
The nighttime skincare routine that we’ve shared above is effective but relatively basic. If you would like to elevate your routine so that it provides bigger and better visible results, here are a few extra steps that you can add in:
Double cleansing is a technique that involves washing your face with an oil-based cleanser and then following up with a water-based cleanser. Although it will add some additional time to the cleansing stage of your routine, it’s a great way to give your skin a truly thorough cleanse.
This is an effective technique for all skin types to try, so long as both of the cleansers that you use are suitable for your skin.
Exfoliation only needs to be carried out 1-3 times a week, depending on your skin type. While some prefer to exfoliate in the mornings, adding an exfoliator to your nighttime skincare routine tends to be the better option. Freshly exfoliated skin is more susceptible to sun damage, so exfoliating in the evenings will give your skin several hours to recuperate before it needs to face those UV rays.
Just like when choosing a cleanser, pick a gentle exfoliator, like the CB Microexfoliant Peel. Infused with glycerin and nettle leaf extract, it will leave your skin looking plump and radiant!
Use a Face Mask
Face masks are a great way to give your skin some extra TLC. Most are designed for weekly use, so pick a night when you have some extra time to spare.
Ideally, choose your face mask based on your visible skin concerns. The CB BioLeaf Hydrating Facial & Eye Mask is fantastic for boosting your skin’s moisture levels while the CB Göld Purifying Heating Mask will leave your skin feeling detoxified and revived. The CB Midnight Melting Mask is worth considering if you have dry skin. It’s a leave-on formula that makes masking so convenient!
Your nighttime skincare routine can have a huge impact on how bright and healthy your skin looks, making it important to spend some time putting a good routine together. Follow the steps above and you’ll be on the right track to waking up with a smooth, soft, and glowing complexion each and every morning!