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Skin Care for the Night Owls

Health and skin care is probably two of people’s top concerns when working at night, or popularly called as the “graveyard shift.” I’m no doctor or dermatologist, but I have always been very careful when it comes to my skin, facial skin at least. This year, I accepted a job that requires me to work at night. I edit articles for a US-based company, so naturally I have to comply to their working schedule. My first month was a tad difficult, as I had to adjust practically my whole life—sleeping and eating schedule, skin care regimen, time for peers/family, etc. Before signing the contract, I already researched for the harms that my new schedule could possibly inflict on me and some ways to prevent them. Just imagine how difficult it is when one’s body clock which is programmed (for more or less two decades) to work in the day and rest at night is forcibly altered.

Okay, enough blabbing. Haha. Perhaps one of the unpleasant effects of night shifts is skin aging, and eventually the appearance of eye bags, dark circles, wrinkles, and acnes. Sad, I know. Fortunately, the maarte in me found solutions for those problems:

I have shared repeatedly that great skin always starts with clean skin. Before doing anything else with you face (yes, both before and after putting on make up), always wash it with facial foam that is suitable to your skin type.

There are five basic skin types [source]:

1. Oily– if you have large pores and frequently get blackheads and blemishes

2. Combination– if you have smooth skin, medium pores, and is slightly oily in the T-zone

3. Sensitive– if you have thin skin that is prone to allergic reactions and rashes

4. Dry– if you have tight skin that is prone to flaking and wrinkles

5. Sun-damaged – if you have tight skin with visible wrinkles

I have combination skin type so this acne oil control facial foam from Nivea is just perfect. Afterwards, tone  to further cleanse your skin.

Now the last step is quite tricky. Before, I would just wear a regular moisturizer. That was when I had a “regular” life. But since staying up all night can leave undesirable circles and eye bags and speeds up skin aging, I’m now using a special range of products from Nivea. We don’t wanna look 40 when in reality we’re just 20-something, do we?

I’ve read numerous reviews about how excellent this eye cream is, and I must also say that I’m pretty satisfied with it. I’m nearing my fifth month as a night owl worker and I don’t have dark circles yet, and I look fairly the same as last year. I now have eye bags though, but unfortunately creams can’t mend that problem (but I heard tea bags work wonders). But hey, at least I don’t have dark circles and wrinkles.

Now for the rest of the face, I wear the day cream before going to work and the night cream before sleeping. I read somewhere that the skin absorbs moisture much faster when we’re sleeping.

That’s probably the reason why night creams are thicker than day creams (as seen above).

Retaining your skin’s moisture is vital in maintaining a younger-looking skin. It’s not necessary that you use the exact same products. I just think that some night owls who complain they are looking older and stressed tend to neglect their skin’s needs. Really, the 3-step process (cleanse, tone, and moisturize) is not really that taxing.

Also, aside from the 3-step process, us people who work at night should always be wary of the food we eat and our sleeping schedule. Nothing beats a balanced diet and enough sleep. The 3-step process is just ancillary. Ciao! 🙂

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