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Step-by-step night-time routine for blemish-prone skin

Get your skin ready for sleep with a night-time routine that will promote the optimal environment for it to recharge and renew.

Night is an ideal time to use a targeted treatment, as it can get to work while you sleep, and won’t be rubbed away by daytime activities or makeup application.

Night-time is when your whole body rests, renews and recharges itself, and your skin is no exception. A good night-time skincare routine will help give your skin what it needs to do this – and by sticking to that routine night after night, you achieve for comfortable, healthy-looking skin day after day. Blemish-prone skin needs a specific type of care. You need a routine that will balance thorough cleansing and unclogging pores with the right amount of hydration, along with soothing to target any blemishes and prevent further aggravation. This will leave your delicate skin feeling soothed.

Step 1: Make-up Removal

If you wear makeup during the day, your first job is to make sure it’s all removed, especially from the lips and delicate eye area. Choose a product specifically designed as a makeup remover, as this will take off even heavy makeup easily, without the need for extra rubbing and stressing your skin.

Typical makeup removers come in liquid form that you apply to lids, lashes and lips using a cotton wool pad, then gently sweep away, leaving the skin clean.

Step 2: Cleansing and exfoliating

Blemish-prone skin often goes hand in hand with oiliness. If your skin produces a lot of sebum, your cleansing step will need to be highly effective so that the surface of your skin is clean, fresh and soft, with nothing to clog up the pores.

But thorough cleansing isn’t the same as harsh cleansing – make sure you choose a formula that will cleanse well without stripping your skin or leaving it dry and feeling taut.

The way you cleanse matters too. It can be tempting to scrub or rub your skin to shift as much oil as possible (in the same way you’d thoroughly wash greasy dishes), but this is counterproductive, as you’re likely to aggravate the skin rather than improve it. Instead, use gentle motions and pay attention to how your skin feels during and after cleansing, making sure it’s looking comfortable throughout.

To keep blemish-prone skin smooth and looking clear, you might want to add exfoliation as well as cleansing. Exfoliation helps to keep the top layer of your skin smooth and fresh by targeting the older layers that can outstay their welcome on the skin’s surface, potentially clogging the pores. Exfoliation can be mechanical (with small particles that rub against the skin) or it can work via ingredients that loosen and remove old skin without any physical friction.

You may want to choose a product that combines cleansing with gentle exfoliation, for example, Normaderm 3 in 1 cleanser. It combines cleansing, exfoliation and mattifying in one product.

Step 3: Toning and purifying

To enhance the sebum-removing effect of your cleanser, freshen the skin and remove any last traces of oil or makeup, you may want to use a toner. This step can add benefits like exfoliation, mattifying or anti-bacterial action, depending on the formula you choose. It’s also a good choice if you use a cream cleanser, as it will remove any last traces of cleanser that your cotton pad may have left behind.

Step 4: Targeted care

If you currently have blemishes you can focus care on a particular area with a targeted or on-the-spot treatment. These are highly-concentrated products that you use in small quantities directly on blemished areas. They can help to target blemishes with a drying effect, soothe the feel of skin and reduce the appearance of any existing problem areas. Some products combine soothing, blemish-fighting and protection in one, for example Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot. These types of product are best applied to clean skin so they can work directly on the affected area. Night is an ideal time to use a targeted treatment, as it can get to work while you sleep, and won’t be rubbed away by daytime activities or makeup application.

Step 5: Moisture

As with any night-time routine, the final step is to moisturise your skin. Even oily and blemish-prone skins need good hydration, especially if you use a powerful cleanser and exfoliator that removes a lot of sebum. If your skin has been left soft and smooth by cleansing and exfoliation, you need moisturise to keep it that way.

However, you do need to choose your moisturiser with care. Look for non-comedogenic formulas that are designed not to clog pores, and avoid anything that feels too oily or rich. Many night creams have a richer texture than day creams, so you need to be extra-selective when choosing one for oily or blemish-prone skin.

Normaderm Night is a night cream designed for blemish-prone skin. Overnight, it targets excess sebum production and helps the skin feel clean and purified, reducing the appearance of pores and blemishes.

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