Can your bedtime beauty skin care rituals make a difference to
your complexion? If so, why? And, if so, what rituals make a big
enough difference to be worth your time and energy? Let me give you
a dermatologist’s insights into the best bedtime beauty rituals
to boost the health, appearance and feel of your skin. These are
treatments with high ‘return on investment’ (ROI) that I do for my
own skin at bedtime.
There are 2 main reasons that bedtime gives you a unique
opportunity to transform your skin.
- It’s dark, and one of the best anti-aging skin care
ingredients needs darkness for maximal effectiveness.
- You can apply products that soak in deeply but may not feel
good on your skin or stay on your skin during the day.
This means that bedtime beauty rituals are real. They have been
passed down through the ages. Some of the historical ones make
sense, others border on the absurd. Modern skin care science and
skin care formulation chemistry give us powerful bedtime treatments
that are a lot less messy – and a lot more effective – than what
people resorted to in the past. But, it’s fun to look back at where
Bedtime beauty skin care rituals from history
Some of the dubious bedtime rituals of the rich and famous
rightfully create skepticism in the entire concept. Others have
19th century Empress Elisabeth of Austriaâ€™s beautiful
complexion was credited to the
bedtime meat face mask she wore to bed. Yep, like it sounds, it
was a mask lined with raw veal. Helena Rubinstein rekindled the
same idea with a raw
beef muslin sleeping mask.
Marie Antoinetteâ€™s bedtime beauty ritual is also credited
with maintaining her beautiful complexion. She used a similarly
messy bedtime mask of cognac, eggs, powdered milk and lemon. She
also applied a thick cream or oil to her hands and covered them
with gloves at bedtime to keep her hand skin soft. The hand
treatments sound OK to me but I canâ€™t image sleeping with the
mess and smell of the meat and eggs.
As a child of the 1960s and 70s, the grownup women in my family
had nighttime beauty rituals that I found alluring. It seemed like
having a nighttime beauty ritual was part of growing up. I can
remember Ponds Cold Cream, Petroleum Jelly, â€œVanishingâ€ Creams,
and lanolin rich cuticle creams and oils as part of their nighttime
beauty rituals. Some of these products and ingredients have merit
AND others have been replaced by today’s better options.
What are the best bedtime skin care beauty rituals? Applying a
retinoid product including retinol and/or
tretinoin night creams at bedtime can transform your complexion.
Bedtime is the best time to use an
antiaging powerhouse retinoid because retinoids breakdown on
contact with light â€“ sunlight and visible light. This means
that itâ€™s best to apply your retinoid right before turning the
lights out and going to bed. Retinoids are unsurpassed for
stimulating skin collagen renewal to fight fine lines, wrinkles,
crepey skin and skin thinning. They also fight age spots, treat
acne and create a more youthful and attractive complexion overall.
Retinol is tricky to formulate and dispense. My
Retinol Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream is
a professional level retinol product made in an FDA regulated
laboratory. It’s what I use almost every evening as I turn out the
Top your bedtime retinol with glycolic acid for even greater
Glycolic acid also stimulates collagen
renewal, reduces age spots, unblocks clogged pores and creates a
more youthful and attractive complexion â€“ but by a different
mechanism that the retinoids. Like retinol, not all glycolic acid
products are equally effective. My
Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream is a
professional product that will transform skin. It is formulated to
an acid pH of under 4 (a must for glycolic acid products if you
want results) and with an acid content of 10% or higher. It is also
made in an FDA regulated laboratory. Because this is a professional
grade glycolic acid product, it may not be appropriate for you if
you have sensitive skin.
You can apply glycolic acid and retinoids at the same time.
Together these age fighting skin care ingredients give you even
better results. They are today’s ultimately effective “vanishing”
creams. But you need to have tolerant skin. That’s because,
glycolic acid has an acid pH so itâ€™s not easy to use if you have
sensitive skin. If your skin is tolerant then using a professional
glycolic acid cream on top of a professional retinol cream can
provide additive benefits.
Bedtime is the perfect time to apply face oils that will replenish
skin lipids and improve skin barrier health.
The look and feel of an oil on your skin may not be something
you want during the day. Nighttime is the perfect time to use a
rich face oil. You can apply it alone, top your retinol with it, or
add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer to â€˜boostâ€™ the
moisturizing and healing benefits. Most nights, I apply my Retinol
Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream and top it with my
Daily Face Cream for Dry to Normal Skin boosted with a
few drops of my
Omega Enriched Face Booster Oil. My skin loves
Bedtime hand treatments help maintain soft hand skin and fight
Here is where history and Marie
Antoinette got it right. A thick cream and/or lanolin rich ointment
applied at night and covered by cotton gloves works wonders. Soak
your hands in warm water for 5 minutes first then apply Bag Balm
(or Dry Skin Hand Cream if you are allergic to lanolin) liberally
and cover with cotton gloves. Wake up to soft and soothed hand
skin. Get everything your hands need for their bedtime beauty
ritual in my
Dry Skin Hand Repair Kit.
Treat pesky age spots on the top of the hands with a glycolic
acid cream or lotion “vanishing cream” before applying Bag Balm or
Dry Skin Hand Cream. This will help to tackle both the “liver
spots” and rough hand skin at the same time. Use your Glycolic Acid
Face Cream or try my
Glycolic Acid Body Lotion, which is also a
good option for your feet as I mention below!
Bedtime foot routine to fight thick and rough soles.
Bedtime is the perfect time to
liberally apply a glycolic acid cream or lotion to chemically
exfoliate rough foot skin and prep it for a pedicure. An easy
option is to use my
Glycolic Acid Body Lotion after your evening
bath. Apply it to your feet and cover them with a pair of sox to
keep your glycolic acid in place.
Glycolic acid helps fight rough thick soles because it loosens
the â€˜glueâ€™ between the dead skin cells that layer too
abundantly on thick soles. This makes filing down thick soles
easier. Another option is to soften the thick rough skin with the
Balm that comes in my Hand Care Kit. You can even
alternate Glycolic Acid Lotion one night and Bag Balm the next. The
feel of thick cream or ointment on your feet during the day may not
be appealing (it isn’t to me), making nighttime the perfect time to
treat our feet.
Bedtime Beauty and Skin Health Rituals are a Good Idea
The right bedtime beauty ritual can transform you skin. Today’s
best skin care options for nighttime skin care are the retinoids,
glycolic acid, face oils, and lanolin-rich skin softening