Take note: Your nighttime skincare routine is mega important. Not only does it set the stage for your morning skin, but it also allows your skin to rehydrate and breathe while you sleep sans makeup. While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all routine, there is a basic foundation that everyone should have in place. Once you have that down, adapting it to fit your lifestyle and your vegan and cruelty-free requirements doesn’t have to be difficult. Read on for six ways to perfect your vegan nighttime skincare routine for glowing skin every morning.
1. Makeup remover
Sleeping with your makeup on is the number one skincare sin. Because a basic cleanser isn’t always enough to remove everything, start your nighttime routine with a gentle makeup remover. Pay particular attention to removing eye makeup—especially that stubborn mascara and liquid eyeliner—and be gentle. Look for vegan-labeled products such as Andalou Naturals Age Defying Micellar Facial Wipes, which are travel-friendly, made with natural plant fibers, and biodegradable and compostable.
Wash your face with a vegan cleanser every single night, even if you’re not wearing makeup. Be sure to choose a cleanser that is right for your skin type. Try a cream cleanser such as Desert Essence Gentle Nourishing Organic Cleanser if you have dry or sensitive skin, and a foam or gel cleanser such as Tata Harper Clarifying Cleanser for oily or combination skin. A thorough cleanse with the right cleanser should remove the daily dirty and pore-clogging oils that have built up throughout the day without leaving your skin parched. Use lukewarm water and be gentle with your skin—don’t rub vigorously—and lightly pat your face dry with a soft towel.
3. Masks and exfoliators
This is optional if you’re in a hurry, but it’s a good step to incorporate once or twice a week. While your skin naturally renews itself when you’re young, after the age of 30, the process begins to slow down, which can result in a duller complexion. Vegan face masks such as MILK Makeup Matcha Detoxifying Mask contain concentrated vitamins and nutrient-rich ingredients that make the skin softer, healthier, and more resilient. Similarly, gentle, super-fine exfoliators such as LUSH Angels on Bare Skin help lift any remaining makeup from the skin, remove dead skin, and reduce skin discoloration and pigmentation.
Follow up with a vegan toner. This is often a missed step in most skincare routines, but its benefits include replenishing your complexion with necessary moisture and balancing pH levels. Go for natural vegan toners such as LUSH Tea Tree Water, an alcohol-free spritz made with tea tree, juniper berry, and grapefruit.
5. Face oil and serum
Your nighttime routine should always include a serum or oil. Products such as e.l.f. Nourishing Facial Oil contain concentrated amounts of active ingredients to target specific skin conditions. Importantly, they also help neutralize the visible effects of drying environmental stressors. Apply a few drops directly on your face each evening and gently massage it in, or mix it into your other skincare products for added glow.
The final step that isn’t up for debate; a healthy finishing moisturizer is essential for the skin to retain hydration and repel drying and damaging irritants. Opt for a richer night cream such as Mineral Fusion Intense Hydration in the evening (and even more so in the winter) so that your skin remains soft, supple, and protected. This step not only smooths dry skin but also provides support for the skin’s natural lipid barrier. You’ll fall asleep knowing your skin is well cared for.
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