|For today’s lesson, this is definitely not the goal. For all things there is a time and a place and sometimes beauty procedures should be timed (as in limited).|
You’ve read about those products. You slather them on your face before you slip beneath the sheets and in the morning you will appear like all the anti-aging photo shopped pictures that promise youth — or fewer wrinkles let’s say — when you wake several hours later.
Well bonjour? Talk about waking up to reality.
However, do let me introduce you to a little trick that will make you look better in the morning. It has been tried and tested (often) by me and since my goal is to look the best I can for my age, I can assure you I’ve never looked better since I added this simple nighttime ritual to my routine.
The tip comes directly from two estheticians and my dermatologist — that many people cannot be wrong. Right?
After your normal cleansing before bedtime, obviously you’re not using soap so we can skip that detail, do not apply your regular, rich replenishing night cream. Instead, apply a moisturizing mask, put a fresh pillow case on your pillow and go to bed.
You may have a favorite brand. I like my Avene, Roche-Posay and the Sothy masque was recommended by the esthetician who performed my “day of beauty” a couple of months ago. It’s very good, but considerably more expensive.
Remember, whatever you do, do not sleep in one of those hardening masks — see above. For those masques, if you feel you need them from time to time, follow the directions to the finest detail. If you leave them on too long you might have to chip them off and that is most definitely not in your best beauty interest. The moisturizing masks (or masques) are absorbed, they do not harden.
When you wake in the morning, just rinse. Then — ta-daa — stand back slightly from your mirror (unless you’re near-sighted) and take a moment to admire your beautiful visage.
Do this once a week. It will change your life. I promise you; it will.