Skin goes through a lot throughout the day, taking on everything from the elements to shaving and makeup. It is most receptive to repairing itself at night, when it can take a break and absorb moisture. Amp up your nightly skin care routine with some pampering that will leave your skin glowing come morning.
Rehydrate your face for a plumped complexion. Wash your face with warm water and a cleanser formulated for your skin type. The warm water will open up your pores. Pour a quarter-sized amount of hyaluronic acid based moisturizer into the palm of your hand, and massage it into your skin using an upward circular motion. Hyaluronic acid plumps skin and absorbs 10 times its weight in moisture. Use a cream formula if you have dry or normal skin, and a gel formula for oily or combination skin. Pour a dime-sized amount of facial oil into your palm and rub your hands together. Pat the oil over your moisturizer to lock in hydration. Rosehip oil is a natural option that works for all skin types, even soothing conditions such as rosacea and acne. Plug in a humidifier before heading to sleep in the winter to put even more moisture into the air.
Exfoliate and moisturize your body while you unwind in the shower. Step under the warm water, and pour a moisturizing body wash onto an exfoliating glove. Cream formulas without sulfates are the least drying on skin. Massage the glove all over your body to scrub away dead skin and allow for optimal hydration while you cleanse. Keep your shower under 10 minutes and avoid hot water to avoid stripping your skin of moisture. Gently pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Massage an oil into your skin while you are still damp. Baby oil is an effective drugstore choice, while coconut oil is a natural option that is also antibacterial.
Hands need some extra attention from time to time -- they become dry and rough from regular washing and use. Mix together 1/2 cup of coconut oil and 1 cup brown sugar in a bowl. Pick up a golf ball sized amount and scrub it between your hands, concentrating on cuticles and rough patches. The coconut oil will hydrate while the brown sugar gently removes dead skin. Rinse your hands with warm water and pat them dry. Coat your hands in a thick cream or petroleum jelly, and pull on a pair of cotton gloves before hitting the hay. This will prevent the cream from rubbing off as you toss and turn, and allow it to sink in completely.
Treat your feet to soothe rough heels and feel confident when sandal season approaches. After washing your feet in the shower, rub a pumice stone over dry areas using a circular motion. Concentrate on the heels and the balls of your feet. Rinse your feet under warm water and gently pat them dry. Massage a golf-ball sized amount of moisturizer into each foot before pulling on a pair of socks immediately. Opt for a peppermint-based cream to soothe sore feet, or petroleum jelly if you’re on a budget.