Wake Up Refreshed: Your Ultimate Nighttime Skincare Routine
A good night’s rest is crucial to overall health, including glowing skin—that’s why it’s called beauty sleep, after all. Incorporating a relaxing facial before bedtime is not only beneficial for healthy skin, but it also helps your body prepare for a deep, restorative night of sleep. Plus, did you know that your skin absorbs the ingredients from products better while you’re asleep? After a day of exposure to the elements, our skin can finally rest and focus on regenerating and repairing skin cells.
Inspired by our Sleepy Beauty collection, here’s our go-to nighttime facial to help rejuvenate your skin and achieve the calm and balance you need to get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer.
Step 1: Set the mood
Why not fully lean into your nighttime routine by setting the mood for relaxation? Lighting some candles and drawing a bath will help calm your mind and body by signaling to the brain that sleep is coming soon. Essential oils are our preferred method of aromatherapy for relaxation. You can use either an essential oil diffuser or a pre-mixed blend in a spray or roll-on. Our My Om World is ideal for spritzing around your bathroom. Paired with a few deep inhales, you’ll quickly be in the mood for the rest of your calming routine.
Step 2: Thoroughly cleanse your skin
Create a blank canvas for the rest of your skincare routine by double-cleansing your skin. Our favorite way to double cleanse is with a cleansing balm and then an exfoliator.
Many assume a cleanser needs to foam and tingle to clean your skin effectively. However, oil-based cleansers can arguably clean your pores even deeper—all without over-drying. Cleansing balms remove makeup gently and efficiently, and since oil dissolves oil, they help balance an overproduction of sebum. Apply Yunicorn’s unique gel-to-milk formula onto dry skin, then wet fingertips to slowly emulsify while you massage into the skin. Rinse with water or wipe away makeup with a soft, wet towel.
Slough away any remaining dirt or dry skin with our exfoliating Glow With The Flow Daily Scrub and reveal refreshed, balanced, and glowing skin.
Step 3: Perform a facial massage
Not much in this world feels better than a massage, and facial massage is no exception. Not only does it feel incredible, but facial massage stimulates blood flow, bringing more oxygen to the tissue, decreases puffiness, and relieves tension.
Specific massage techniques will also help promote lymphatic drainage, which aids in removing toxins and encouraging the lymphatic system to deliver fresh nutrients to your cells. Using your hands, a gua sha tool, or a jade roller, slowly and gently massage from the center of your face, moving outwards and upwards. Start at your jawline, then at your lips, around your cheekbones, browbones, and lastly, your forehead. Repeat 5-10 times with intermediate strokes downward at the sides of your neck to help drain the excess fluids from your face.
Step 4: Apply your retinol alternative
Using your retinol or retinol alternative serum at night is crucial because it aligns with your skin's natural repair and renewal processes, reduces the risk of sun sensitivity and irritation, and allows the ingredient to work more effectively while minimizing interference from other skincare and makeup products.
In order for your serums to absorb properly, remove any excess facial oil after your massage with a damp towel. Our Bakuchiol Serum, a natural alternative to retinol that smooths and refines without irritating side effects, is best applied in a press-and-release motion on the face and neck to ensure maximum absorption.
Step 5: Moisturize
The final step in your nighttime skincare routine is moisturizing. Lock in your serum and hydrate dry skin with our ultra-nourishing Active Calm Firming Facial Moisturizer. The nutrient-rich formula is suitable for any time of day and any skin type. As it glides over your skin, the 100% natural aroma essential oils provide a sensory pleasure, relieving you of the day’s stresses.
Step 6: Prep your space for a good night's sleep
Reaching this step in your nighttime skincare routine should signify that you are on the brink of bedtime, and your body and mind are likely preparing for a well-deserved night's rest. As you cozy up in your sheets, mist our Tranquility Pillow Spray onto your linens, close your eyes, breathe deep, and let the soothing scent envelop you.