• Ally Holt

Natural Nightly Anti-Aging Tricks

Updated: Apr 16, 2019

The more your sleep while wearing your makeup, the greater the damage there is to your skin, even just the rare occasion can have negative effects on your complexion. Turns out, our skin, like the rest of our body, functions on the circadian rhythm. At night the skin’s most important function is to renew itself. Wearing makeup and foundation at night prevents the renewal process, causing damage to the skin.

In an article by StyleCaster, Dermatologist Jeannette Graf, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY. breaks down the effects. See below for quick a OMG!

Primer: If the primer has been on all day, it’s very damaging because all the pollutants are still on your skin. If it’s smoothed on freshly cleansed skin and used for moisture, then it’s okay.

Foundation: “The large particles and pigments break down over the day and have been exposed and metabolized by natural processes as well as exposure to environmental pollutants and bacteria, molds, and mites from the outside. The metabolic byproducts, as well as the breakdown of the makeup itself, prevent the important role of microcirculation, which helps renew skin.” This can result in the breakdown of collagen, resulting in wrinkles, and clogged pores which hold onto bacteria and result in acne.

Lipstick Dr. Graf says that sleeping with any type of lipstick will result in dryness and chapping. With highly-pigmented lipsticks, scrub the lips with a cleansing wipe to fully remove before bed, then apply a generous coat of balm to build moisture back up. This is something I definitely need to work on - seems like my lips are always chapped! Next on the blog will be a yummy DIY exfoliating scrub, because no one blogs about those right? LOL

Mascara: I do this all the time! Usually, I'll sneak on a little mascara before bed so I don't look like an albino in bed ... you know, to keep the romance alive. Guess I won't anymore - “Mascara particles clog the follicles and irritates them as it would on the skin,” says Dr. Graf. “If irritation occurs, the swelling can cause blepharitis and the bacteria can cause conjunctivitis the longer it stays.”

Add in environmental toxins or those from your products and who knows what you're doing to your skin! My sister's an esthetician, so I've always understood the importance of moisturizing, exfoliating and everything in between. From Swedish facials to Photofacials, I've learned a lot about anti-aging, but the most important lesson is to take care of your face at the end of the day. For years, I didn't wash off my makeup - big mistake! Today, I always make to sure to wash my face before bed. I also have a few more beauty steps in my routine to make sure I don't wake up with dull skin or pimples. Growing up an environmentalist, I also try to keep my routines as natural as possible. Easiest step towards living organically and sustainably is changing your products. Below are my go-to beauty products to keep the wrinkles away. Best part is they're Mother Nature approved!

Step 1: Remove makeup

I can't believe how many times I slept in my makeup. It's not just the foundation that's ruining your skin - it's the toxins and radicals you're exposed to daily that really do harm.

I've been using these Neutrogena wipes since I was 15 years old and I still use them daily. Before I would grab the original or ones for sensitive skin. Now that I'm older and try to live more sustainably, I've switched to their Neutrogena Naturuals Collection. It works just as great at removing product, just make sure to rinse your face with water after.

Step 2: Exfoliate

Everyday after I wash my face, I make sure to exfoliate with a mask or scrub. My favorite is this natural exfoliant by Aixallia containing scrapes of coconut and calendula.

Once a month, I use Dermaflash, which painlessly removes dead skin cells, built up debris, and pesky peach fuzz. Results are immediate. Smooth, radiant, touchable skin is instantly revealed. Inspired The wand instantly reveals smooth, luminous, younger looking skin and creates a flawless canvas for both skin care and makeup. Inspired by dermaplaning, it's a facial treatment that was previously available only in medical spas or doctor’s offices, Dermaflash brings this spa procedure home.

Step 3: Replenish

My skin is pretty dry, so I always over moisturize. I am in LOVE Nourish Organic's Night Cream and Recovery Serum. They both leave my face smelling like oranges, which is great on its own. Origins' Starting Over Eye Cream is also amazing. I also use it in the morning under my makeup so my eyes don't look dry under my concealer.

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