BED­TIME STORY

Does your skin look a lit­tle lack­lus­tre in the morn­ing, de­spite cleans­ing, ton­ing and mois­tur­is­ing ev­ery night? It might be time to step your evening rou­tine up a notch

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GO MED­I­CAL

In­stead of us­ing off-the-shelf skin­care, con­sider mak­ing the move to med­i­cal-grade. “These prod­ucts con­tain ac­tive nu­tri­ents in much higher doses than any over-the-counter prod­ucts,” says Dr Cather­ine Stone of Auck­land’s The Face Place. You’ll need to see a skin clin­i­cian to have them pre­scribed for you, but ul­ti­mately, you may get more bang for your buck. Try: the CosMedix range, from $80 at clin­ics na­tion­wide.

ADD VI­TA­MIN A

If you’re go­ing to use a serum, make sure it’s one that con­tains vi­ta­min A. This pow­er­house in­gre­di­ent pro­motes the pro­duc­tion of col­la­gen and elastin, nor­malises oil pro­duc­tion, smooths the tex­ture of the skin and can also min­imise hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion. “Vi­ta­min A skin­care prod­ucts, oth­er­wise known as retinoids, are the go-to for mak­ing changes to the skin at a DNA level,” says clin­i­cal ed­u­ca­tor for ad­vanced skin tech­nol­ogy Ta­nia McKen­zie. “They’re all about reg­u­lat­ing and op­ti­mis­ing skin func­tion; if the skin’s un­der­per­form­ing, they can en­hance its func­tion, and if the skin is over­ac­tive, they can down-reg­u­late the cells to an ac­cept­able level, right at their core.”

Try: As­pect Dr Ex­fol A Plus Serum, $130.

PAT & DE-PUFF

When ap­ply­ing eye cream, use your ring fin­ger so you won’t press too hard, and pat it around your or­bital bones. Owner of Auck­land’s The Fa­cial­ist, Ash­leigh Scott, says you can use this pre-bed­time for some quick de-puff­ing ac­tion too. “Make gen­tle tap­ping move­ments un­der the eye, fol­lowed by light stroking move­ments, work­ing from the outer cor­ner of the eye to­wards the cen­tre.”

SHOWER, THEN SLATHER

To get the most out of your prod­ucts, Ash­leigh says it’s a good idea to ap­ply them as soon as you get out of the shower. This is when your skin is soft­ened and hy­drated, so it’s able to ab­sorb those im­por­tant nu­tri­ents more eas­ily.

PEP UP THOSE PEPTIDES

Peptides have been a hot in­gre­di­ent in beauty prod­ucts for a while now and what they’re re­ally good at is re­vi­tal­is­ing the skin’s build­ing blocks so it be­comes much more resilient to age­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal ag­gres­sors. En­v­i­ron’s tech­ni­cal man­ager Karen Wil­son be­lieves you can max­imise their ben­e­fits by mix­ing a few pumps of a pep­tide-heavy serum with your mois­turiser. “The ad­di­tion of peptides will help to boost col­la­gen pro­duc­tion and there­fore strengthen the skin, in­crease hy­dra­tion and gen­er­ally im­prove the over­all ar­chi­tec­ture of the skin,” she says. Try: En­v­i­ron Youth Essen­tiA Vi­taPep­tide In­ten­sive Serum 4 Plus, $319.

SLEEP BEAU­TI­FULLY

Give your skin an ex­tra hit overnight with a sleep­ing mask. Just ap­ply, then hop straight into bed — job done! “Sleep­ing masks are of­ten full of en­er­gis­ing in­gre­di­ents that soothe, calm, en­er­gise, hy­drate and smooth, all at the same time,” says Karen Bar­low, na­tional ed­u­ca­tion man­ager for L’Oréal Luxe. “I rec­om­mend ap­ply­ing them two or three times a week.” Try: Lancôme Én­ergie de Vie Nuit, $80.

USE EV­ERY LAST DROP

If you’re a lit­tle heavy-handed when dis­pens­ing your prod­ucts, that’s a good thing, as you can use the ex­cess for other ar­eas of your body. “Smooth the residue down your neck and chest, and fin­ish with the back of your hands. This helps these sun-ex­posed ar­eas be­come health­ier as well,” says Dr Cather­ine Stone.

SLUM­BER ON SILK

Cot­ton pil­low­cases are fine, but silk ones are fab­u­lous. What’s the dif­fer­ence? Silk won’t ab­sorb your skin’s nat­u­ral oils. This means your face will stay more hy­drated overnight, re­sult­ing in fewer fa­cial creases. It may not seem like a big deal, but these creases can turn into per­ma­nent wrin­kles over time. It’s good for your hair too, as silk cre­ates less fric­tion, mean­ing re­duced frizz and kinks. Try: Go-To Face Case, $70. “Smooth the residue down your neck and chest, and fin­ish with the back of your hands. This helps these sun-ex­posed

ar­eas be­come health­ier as well”

MIX A COCK­TAIL

No, not the al­co­holic va­ri­ety

— this is about mix­ing a few dif­fer­ent prod­ucts to­gether be­fore ap­ply­ing the con­coc­tion to your face. In­stead of lay­er­ing skin­care prod­ucts, which is ef­fec­tive but can feel ar­du­ous in the evening, cock­tail­ing gives max­i­mum im­pact in min­i­mal time. Mar­i­anna Glu­cina, owner of Auck­land’s About Face says, “Adding boost­ers such as hy­drat­ing serums to your mois­turiser is your best bet, es­pe­cially at this time of year.”

GO WITH GAD­GETS

Max­imise your rou­tine with the help of some ma­chin­ery. The Clar­isonic fa­cial cleans­ing brush took the world by storm a few years ago and it’s still a pop­u­lar choice if you want to get the best out of your cleanser. “I com­bine cleans­ing with my Clar­isonic de­vice be­cause it’s six times more ef­fec­tive as a cleans­ing tool than your fin­ger­tips,” says Karen. Or try a roller, which pricks the skin with mi­cro-nee­dles to tighten it and en­hance the ef­fec­tive­ness of the prod­ucts you use af­ter­wards. Try: Clar­isonic MIA 2, $229 (pic­tured), or En­v­i­ron CIT Roller, $390.

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