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Tuesday
Aug062013

Five tips on how to wake up with glowing skin

Did you know that your beauty regimen at night is just as important as your routine during the day? Oil and sun protection are your top concerns when the sun is out. However, it's easy to overlook dehydration and insufficient nourishment at night. This is the reason you sometimes wake up with a dull and tired-looking face!

Night time is the best time to allow your skin to recuperate from the day's stresses. It's when your body is resting completely that it is able to better absorb any nourishment you care to shower it. If you don't have a good night regimen yet, here are five things you can do that'll help you wake up with glowing skin every morning!

1. Double-cleanse your face. There's cleansing with facial wash, and then there's a thing called double-cleansing. This is a simple technique where you use a makeup remover first before you lather with your facial wash! It's okay to wash your face only once during the morning, but at night you would have accumulated a lot of dirt, oil, and bacteria on top of your makeup. It's absolutely important to be able to remove ALL of that before you move on to the rest of your night routine.

You can use a cleansing oil or water-based makeup remover to wipe off the makeup. Then, proceed to massage your face thoroughly with your preferred facial wash. I like the foamy ones, I feel they clean better. If you have dry skin though, you should go for non-foaming, non-soapy cleansers to keep your moisture barrier intact.

2. Allow your skin to indulge in a rich moisturizer. Due to the humidity in the Philippines, most of us prefer to use light, maybe even water-based moisturizers. These are great to wear during the day, but at night, we need something more moisturizing. That's why night creams are a little heavier compared to day creams. They are designed to thoroughly hydrate, soothe, and heal your skin while you sleep.

Of course, don't forget to apply your favorite hand cream not just on your hands but your feet as well. ;) You'll thank me ten years from now!

3. Invest in a good serum and eye cream. If you already have good skin then you can skip the serum and eye cream, but when you feel that you need an extra boost then these two can really help revive your face! A serum is a specialized skincare product that can erase acne marks, soften fine lines, lessen the appearance of pores and/or brighten skin. They are a concentrated form on skincare with powerfu ingredients.

Eye creams on the other hand are thin yet rich creams that are specifically formulated for the sensitive eye area. The thing is, normal moisturizers can clog the pores around the eyes, thus causing millia (tiny flesh-colored bumps). Good eye creams are better absorbed around that area.

4. Eat a light and healthy dinner. Surprised you there, eh? But this is true. If you put junk in your body before you sleep, you'll wake up with skin that looks the worse for wear. Ideally we should all be eating light and healthy stuff all the time, but if you can't commit to that, at least eat something healthy for dinner. All the vitamins and nutrients in the good food will really help your skin look better in the morning!

This is perhaps the best secret to my currently good skin. ;) Salad with chicken/ beef/ fish, fajita, or sandwich is what I usually have for dinner. 

It's easy to prepare healthy and yummy food at home. If I can, then you can too!

5. Drink Athena milk. Athena with Beautrition offers women the benefits of milk infused with a powerful combination of antioxidants, Vitamin A, E and Zinc for healthy glowing skin. It's basically a way to further nourish your body to pave the way for beautiful skin from within. You can slather all the expensive creams in the world, but if you don't have enough vitamins and antioxidants in your system then they won't be as effective.

Anne Curtis loves Athena!

If you're interested in finding more useful advice for your own Beauty Hour at night, check out Athena's YouTube Channel and Facebook Page. :) Anne Curtis talks about how to deal with midnight munchies, morning booboos, and sleeping styles. Wait up for the next episodes!

So there you go, hope you found the advice useful. Would love to know what your beauty routine is like at night! Any tips for me? ;)

This post is brought to you by Athena Milk.

Reader Comments (18)

Pretty sneaky, that number 5! ;)

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEula

I suppose that double cleansing is applicable only when you apply makeup and went out the whole day? I just do my usual routine when i spend the whole day at home. Hehe. Now time to invest on a heavier night moisturizer. And thanks for reminding us about taking care of our hands and feet. I'm a bit OC with hand hygiene that i tend to wash my hands a LOT. Now i'm trying to do an intervention by counting the times i wash my hands and consciously minimizing it as much as possible. I blame it to my being a nurse, and especially now that i have a baby, i'm more cautious with what comes in contact in my hands. On that note, can you suggest a good hand cream/lotion? My hand wash says it's moisturizing but i can feel that my hands still dries over time.

Now we are going healthspo here. Nice!! Will now try Athena, for sure. Thanks for this thoughtful post. Have fun the in Hk! God bless, Liz!! =)

And some more tips. I know this is very known to all but drinking at least 8 glasses of water everyday really helps not just our skin but also our whole body. Being hydrated from the inside is as important at being hydrated on the surface. And, you know when after taking a bath, most of us use our bath towels to dry our face. Well i use a separate towel/paper towel or just tissue so that i'm sure that what comes in contact with my face is really clean. I've seen a huge difference on my skin (face) eversince i started doing that. :)

Thanks again for all these tips! Will keep them in mind. :)

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

I didn't know normal moisturizers on the eye area can cause milia! Thanks for the tips, Ms. Liz!

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercaterwauler

Haha. Gotta agree with Eula!:p

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLian

I really make it a point to remove my makeup using a the Happy Teatime cleansing cream and then wash may face with deep cleansing facial wash because one time I got really lazy and just used an oil based makeup remover and I woke up with a new pimple! Yikes!

After washing my face, I use a toner and a moisturizer and occasionally, a spot treatment for my pimples. I am still searching for a good eye cream because I use eye makeup a lot. Any suggestions for a good eye cream? :-)

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterInna

I agree with double cleansing! I know a lot of people who cleanses with Bioderma tapos okay na! WHYYY?? I know it's water-based but it still leaves a sticky like substance on the face!

Haha I love the subtle ad placement! Winner! But ironically, milk breaks me out! I'd love to go Dairy-free pero ang sarap ng chocolates haha :(

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRomila Marie

I don't really double cleanse since I don't put on a lot of makeup in the morning. As eye cream, I actually use nature republic 92% aloe soothing gel. So awesome! As with eating healthy... Nighttime is when I eat junk food, you know, while studying? So I can't really remove that. My skin looks bad every morning unless I sleep 8 hours! Oh right, sleep is also important!!!

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

Great tips, especially the ones about moisturizing the feet. I tend to ignore my feet and focus just on my face. I now have a slightly elaborate and totally relaxing nighttime skincare ritual (Thanks to you! lol), but I give zero attention to my feet. And to think that I have always complained how battered my feet look.

Naloka ako when I saw the food pics. Haha. It's late at night and I'm craving meat and crunchy veggies! *lalala chants craving away*

@Marie: Thanks for the tissue tip. :) I hope it makes a difference on my skin as well.

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrownOso

I love that you conteny aside from just the product placement. I always double cleanse whenevet I wear makeup no matter how tired I am at the end of the day. I need to invest in a proper eye cream soon.

August 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShev

That last bit on #2 is sooo true...I've seen enough older women with ugly feet (dry, cracked heels) to be convinced to pay attention to mine. I moisturize them twice a day and always put sunscreen on them before I go out. I think many women forget that the sun shines on their feet too (unless they're completely covered with shoes).

August 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAviva

I agree with the Night time is the best time to allow your skin to recuperate from the day's stresses.

I read in one of a blog that this woman, as an experiment, did not remove makeup off her face before going to bed for a month! Ewww. right?

Sleeping with her make-up on for a month left the woman's smooth skin looking cracked and red she had visibly blocked and enlarged pores all over her nose, dry skin across her lips and cheeks and red eyelids, also a white cysts had given way to some nasty-looking eyelash dandruff.

Skipping skincare routine before bedtime would give spots, dry their skin and make eyelashes brittle.
so A MUST! I agree with Double Cleanse your face to completely remove makeup, invest on a good eye cream and moisturizer and for a relaxing, beauty from within and better sleep drink ATHENA MILK.

NO MATTER HOW TIRED or SLEEPY we are WASH FACE BEFORE GOING TO BED! ♥

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRochelle Rivera

Oh, grabe naman yung sa comment ni Ms. Rochelle! How would she recover with that? :( I wonder also how much she got paid for that.

Anyway, great tips! :) I realized too late that I have to double cleanse when I put makeup on. Well, I hope it's not too late. :D

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGing

Nice tips! I use foaming cleanser too and Laneige Sleeping Pack. Works wonders! :)

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPinkmafiaprincess

I totally agree with double cleansing. Your face deserves it after all the dirt accumulated during the whole day. I used to shy away from moisturizers even at night because of my oily skin. Pero now I've changed kasi when I use moisturizer at night I wake up to softer skin. :) I definitely need to invest in a good eye cream!

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterC.

I think I'm following almost everything except for the eye creams and the athena milk (im taking a different antioxidant) which Im planning to try now after reading your post! Besides, its milk! I love drinking milk before going to sleep :)
Anyway, im turning 21 in a few months (just the right time to put those eye creams on!!! yay) what not-so-sticky eye creams would you suggest, Ms. Liz? I have very sensitive eyes and oily/acidic skin btw. thank you! :)

August 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDesh

I really would love to try this all.
I don't know what's up with milk taste, I just don't like it.
I would skip number 5 instead because I'm not a milk fan.

Thanks for this tips Ms. Liz.
Every time I visit your blog, I always learn something new.

August 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDianne G.

So many things I learned from different bloggers, but all in all to summary them: THE IMPORTANCE OF SKINCARE, and i must agree now, ive been doing my new skincare routine for 4weeks and i see subtle changes =) ipagpatuloy lang =) thanks for this helpful post ms liz

BOOKMARKED ♥

August 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRhania Chang

Relate! as for me, its more good to invest in a good serums, moisturizers and many other skin care products than makeups. im not saying that its not good to collect loads of makeups. it's normal for girls. but for me, prevention is key. prevention from acne, blackheads, whiteheads, zits, etc. so its good to invest. it's like taking care of our canvass :)

August 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfati Recede

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